Trip Start Sep 21, 2013
15Trip End Oct 21, 2013
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The first stop on this adventure was Mt. Rushmore. While driving into Keystone, SD Shimmy and Sama couldn't help but notice all the awesome and random activities this little town had to offer. When Dorothy says she's not in Kansas anymore, we really think that she possibly ended up in South Dakota and the Wizard of Oz was actually based on places in this bizarre state. The little town of Keystone brings a lot to the table as a tourist attraction and Mt. Rushmore maybe be at number 7 of cool shit to see/do
So more about Mt.Rushmore...it's wasn't that impressive; a lot smaller then we had expected and maybe pop culture ruined our generation but let's be honest Richie Rich's faux imitation of Mt. Rushmore is way more sick then the real thing. We aren't complaining though we are still grateful that we can check Mt. Rushmore off our bucket list plus it was totally worth the ruckus we caused with the horse mask. You should have seen/heard this little Asian couple, too stoked! And the first couple we asked to take the picture, "use your spurs".
Although Keystone was pretty awesome the best place South Dakota has to offer is a place called WALL DRUG. Driving through SD Wall Drug has about a million billboards advertising services they offer, and as you keep driving east on the 90 you are left wondering about this mythical place they call Wall Drug and no way can this place live up to all these captivating advertisements. We decide that we need to explore this place they call Wall Drug to figure out for ourselves if they are just whispering sweet nothings or if they are actually gonna put a ring on it. With confidence we say skip Mt. Rushmore (save your $11 parking fee, they have their own Mt. Rushmore) and go straight to the wonderland of WALL DRUG, they have everything you could every want; Ice Cream, Root Beer Floats, Buffalo Burgers, Cold Beers, Taxidermy, Giant/Rideable Jackelopes, FREE ice water and so much more! We left Wall Drug with love in our hearts and complete satisfaction, no false advertisement here.
3 more hours of driving led to some one on one therapy, Shimmy confessing her childhood traumas to Sama
Some other random convos;
-"Do you ever think about what songs you want played at your funeral? I've been thinking about it for 10 yrs, I need to start a playlist" Shimmy
-"Wtf, no" Sama
-"Maybe it's just a Shimko thing..Pretty sure I've heard my mom and brother tell me what songs they want.. I don't remember what they are though" Shimmy (calls her mom) "have you ever thought about what you want played at your funeral?"
-"Yes, I have a playlist already" Mrs Shimko
Shimmy tells her mom the songs she was thinking of, Mrs Shimkos response "So unoriginal"
Shimmy's mouth drops, "that is outrageous!"
We also saw a Camel today, Shimmy was ecstatic! :
-"The camels at the fortress in Belgrade are super unhealthy because the mob owns them" Sama
-"What exactly does an unhealthy camel look like? I can't even picture it in my head" Shimmy
Finally we made it to our hotel in Mitchell, Sd; home of the corn palace and has the title for the pheasant hunting capital of the world.
Some other Right-side Tad fun facts about South Dakota:
-Mike Miller from the Miami heat is from Mitchell, SD.
-Dancing with wolves was filmed there.
-Deadwood is where Wild Bill Hitchcock died and it's like a mini Reno
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