|Today we traveled across the plains of South Dakota. From what we can see there is going o be a bumper crop of whatever they are growing out here. The fields just stretch almost endlessly across the horizon. The towns a few and far between and most have a population of less than 1,000. I tried to post some pictures to this blog, but the wifi here is just too slow. Hopefully, tomorrow when we get to Hart Ranch in Rapid City we will have better service and I can post some pictures.
Susan and I were both a bit excited today, in that all the driving we have been doing was to just get across the United States so we could start seeing and enjoying some of our favorite places out here. Well the first place we wanted to see again was the Badlands.
Before entering Susan wanted to stop at the Prairie Dog town that is located just outside the entrance to the Badlands National Park. I think what happened was the owners of this plot of land were farmers whose fields were taken over by the Prairie Dog. They could not get rid of the so they turned it into a tourist attraction! It is free, but they sell food for the Dogs and lots of Prairie Dog souvenirs. Hopefully, I can add some pictures tomorrow.
The Badlands give one the feeling of what it must be like to be on the moon. Many of the formations look like drizzle sand castles while others look like carved bluffs. We drove the 5 miles to the Visitors Center and looked at some of the exhibits and then headed to our campground. But first we had to drive through Interior, pop 67, which was hosting a rodeo over the 4th of July week-end. Our KOA campground was another five miles down the road along the banks of the White River. We were hoping that tonight was going to be clear. The Badlands are famous for their night sky views since there is no city light anywhere around. However, we have clouds and they are predicting rain.
Susan and I were talking while riding down the road that we had not eaten in a restaurant in 5 days! That has to be a record for us! To celebrate, we ate at the cook out that the campground was having. Susan had a buffalo hot dog and I had a Buffalo burger! Not much different that beef, a bit leaner, but now we can say we have eaten Buffalo!
Tomorrow, we will drive through the Badlands, stop at Wall Drug and then head over to Rapid City and Hart Ranch, one of our favorite campgrounds.