From Savage to Badlands...
Trip Start Jun 15, 2012
23Trip End Jul 02, 2012
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We drove about 525 miles today and it took us about 10 hours (A few stops along the way and two fill ups). We stopped at a surplus shop in Sioux Falls, SD to pick up some additional foam padding for the girls' bunk beds, stopped for gas another 100 miles down the road (and had to get ice cream at 'King Cream'), and took in a rest stop or two (including the State line for a photo opp). You will see in one of the photos that its obvious we are not in the Midwest or Alaska for that matter - they got snakes here! I much prefer bears - I can see them coming, and I might have a fighting chance between a gun and run!
The landscape was pretty flat and full of corn for most of the way through Minnesota
Once we crossed over the Missouri River it was like night and day: from flat land to rolling hills and prairies. The kids and I were both in surprise at the quick change in landscape.
We decided to stay at a KOA campground located inside the Badlands National Park. Its extremely nice (including Wi-Fi as you can tell). The landscape is a cross between the moons surface and the Grand Canyon, with random groups of trees. Its amazing to see the lines in the formations look so consistent and straight across many of the spires. Its a very enjoyable 60 degrees tonight...much more my style. We cooked up some Koegels hot dogs (you Michigan folk can appreciate that) over the fire, with a side of pickles, doritos, and smores. Dad had a cold beer...everyone had smiles.
Tomorrow we will be headed to Mt. Rushmore, and then towards Yellowstone. I wish we had a month to do all of this, but we still have 3100 miles to go.
The girls are having a great time; even the long car rides seem to be going well so far. Olivia told me tonight that she felt like we were a bunch of gypsies on the move, but she really liked it. I think they have learned that you dont always have to have everything completely mapped out, as long as you know where your final desitination is and have access to the tools to get you there...