We Wonder Where We Will Wander travel blog

Grand Falls Casino at night....great stop for any RV'er

The butterfly house in Sioux Falls is an amazing place to see...

They came in every color, shape and size

They really seemed to like my hot pink toenail polish

We watched an amazing thunderstorm from inside the repair bay while having...

A gorgeous sunset after the thunderstorm blew east

We watched the Sioux Falls air show, featuring the Thunderbirds, from a...

The sky didn't allow for good photos but we truly enjoyed the...

Their signature move, the fleur de lis

The house in Sioux Falls where my grandparents, mom, aunt and uncle...

When mom was first driving she ran over a fire hydrant, like...

The Falls, namesake of Sioux Falls

Statue of Joe Foss, our cousin and WW II ace (amongst other...

Highest point in Sioux Falls sits a gorgeous Catholic Cathedral

My mom and uncle Dennis' cousin Flip and his wife, Mavis-great visit!

The Dam Fish Shack just across the Missouri River in Nebraska

Fresh fish in a quirky setting, the Dam Fish Shack is open...

One of our many campfires when in Yankton

Dennis' friend, Lester and his Willys Jeep

Another campfire, Lester is explaining to Uncle Dennis about the mathematical properties...

Two locks that Dennis engraved; one to commemorate our 25th anniversary and...

Dennis placing the engraved locks on the Meridian Bridge in Yankton

We placed them on the South Dakota and Nebraska line over the...

Up close picture of the locks on the bridge

In place for anyone who walks the bridge

We walked the entire bridge from one state to the other

Dennis spotted this grasshopper as we exited the bridge

One of the many murals throughout the town

One of the few remaining buildings of the "State Hospital for the...

This was the Women's Center where my mom did her nurse's training...

The interior was gorgeous to include this gorgeous marble staircase

One morning Dennis and I took a walk along the Missouri River...

Another Yankton mural

Ever heard of Whynot, Nebraska??

Dennis and Lester practiced shooting on a 1,000 yard line

This was one of the first times anyone had shot on this...

...and Dennis was the first to hit the X

The Ice House, formerly a ice factory for the town-now it is...

Charlene and I enjoying a beer-you sit on the loading dock and...

Fun place, it was voted in the Top Ten Dive Bars in...

Lester came over before we left with his 1954 Willys Jeep

Should this be our new tow vehicle?!?!

Thanks, Lester, for staging this photo for us, until next time

Kaia at her first Dallas Cowboys practice at Star Field in Frisco


Since we last “chatted” we now have 6 brand new tires on the RV, new belts, had an oil change and all our filters changed plus a few other minor items that needed attention…..no need to mention how much, but it put a small dent in our maintenance fund 

While Dennis was having day 1 of the work done I wandered around South Dakota on my own; got a pedicure (a girl has to pamper herself once in a while!), had a nice lunch and spent an hour in the butterfly pavilion surrounded by gorgeous flying insects. I returned to our rig where we spent the night in the RV in the huge storage bay of BJM Enterprises. The owners, Mark and Eric, were kind enough to provide us electric and the code to the building so we could take Tiki out. We opened the bays and watched, from inside, a magnificent thunder storm without getting wet 

We spent the weekend at another campground in Sioux Falls since the casino park was booked for the weekend. We watched the Sioux Falls Air Show from a bluff above the airport at a Harley dealership. We brought our chairs and watched a history of the Navy flight team and finally the Thunderbirds fly. It was a bit hazy so the pictures aren’t that great but we had a blast and didn’t have to fight the crowds!

We finally met up with my aunt and uncle, Charlene and Dennis Bim and we spent a week at the Grand Falls Casino RV park doing a bit of sightseeing and a lot of relaxing. We visited the Arch of Dreams again and went to see the Sioux Falls. We have all seen it multiple times but it is a beautiful sight and holds a lot of memories for our family. We also drove by the house that my maternal grandparents, mom, Uncle Dennis and Aunt Sharon lived in during the late 40’s and early 1950’s. The house looks the same and there is still a fire hydrant in the front, probably not the same one my mom ran over when she was first driving but it is in the same place! We also had a very nice visit with my mom and Uncle Dennis’ first cousin, Flip (Arden) Fjellanger and his wife, Mavis. We went over to their home in Sioux Falls and spent a few hours catching up and reminiscing, what fun!

We used the pool at the casino, ran errands and went out to eat a few times but mainly just relaxed. After 7 days there we drove a whopping 95 miles to Yankton, SD, a town that is in the southeast corner of South Dakota. It is situated along the Mississippi River and if you walk across the Meridian Bridge you are now in Nebraska. Dennis had come here 2 years ago on his own when I had flown back to California and he noticed that locals and tourists put locks on the bridge; some are elaborately engraved and some just used sharpies to put a name or a date. We bought some locks and Dennis engraved two of them; one to commemorate our 25th anniversary and our love of RV travel and one for Kaia. We found the perfect spot for them, right in the middle of the bridge where the two states meet along the river.

On our 2nd day there we also visited what is now called the Human Services Center but back in the early 1900’s through the 1970’s was called the South Dakota Hospital for the Insane. My mom had a portion of her nurse’s training there and she didn’t have fond memories of it despite the fact that it was considered the model for mental health services in the day. We did some research and found that 10 of the 54+ buildings are still standing to include the one she had worked in, the Women’s Center. It was a gorgeous building but I am sure it wasn’t always a pleasant place to be or work.

Dennis has a Marine Corps buddy, Lester, who lives here so they spent time together doing “guy things” while I spent a little time catching up on reading, cooking and writing this journal. We had campfires every night but one and took a day trip through some small farming towns of Nebraska and toured around the town of Vermillion, home to the University of South Dakota. On our last night we went out to dinner (again, us girls need a break once in a while) and then went to a place called the “Ice House”. It began as a real ice house in the early 1920’s and became not only that but a place to hang out and get a beer year round. There is no inside bar, just some picnic tables and a loading dock you can sit on and enjoy a cold one. It was voted in the top ten of dive bars in America and we can see why but what a hoot to sit on the loading dock overlooking the Missouri River.

We will start heading south and into Nebraska and Kansas; we will split up with Charlene and Dennis somewhere in Kansas as they have an obligation in California at the end of September, we are enjoying our time together on the road seeing this great country of ours!

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