South Dakota or Bust! – June 24-26, 2016

My motto while planning for this trip has been:

“Get to the impossible…as soon as possible!”

So I’ve been trying to schedule Cliff’s driving pretty aggressively. But trying not to be obnoxious! He’s a “drive for 2 hours and stop” kinda guy. I’m a “stop only when it’s absolutely necessary & then keep on driving” kinda girl. His way, we’d never get anywhere. My way, we’d never get to enjoy our journey. So we find a happy medium!

We left Indy after work Friday,

IMG_5569enjoyed leftover spaghetti at the IL border, witnessed a nice sunset,

IMG_5572and slept in the Walmart parking lot in Galesburg, IL.

Saturday was spent driving up Iowa and across Minnesota.  Nuttin’ new.  However, I do have to insert the comment that the winds were gusting at 24mph.  Add in the lengthy construction zones, and you have an interesting drive!  Cliff still has callouses!

We awoke at 4:30am Sunday in Sioux City and took off toward the Badlands.


Neat views.  I felt a strange sort of deja vu, like I had been there before.  I decided that it was a mix of watching Dances with Wolves and my old Windows desktop (well, minus the bug splats on the windshield.)


In Indiana, we see our fair share of hay fields, but it is nothing like this…


The scale is massive, and they are all over the place!

All of the sudden, Cliff’s side mirror started vibrating, behaving as if it would fall off.  So we stopped at the next exit, which happened to be a South Dakota Visitor Center and Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center right on the Missouri River.  It was breathtaking.  Really.  We would never have stopped had it not been for that mirror.  And so we are thankful that God is our Trip Planner!


Random in-the-middle-of-nowhere gas station, communicating the lack of wind, dusty environment, and sweltering heat!


We arrived at the Badlands, which possessed amazing views!


The rock was very crumbly, which was not what we expected.


It was extremely hot, so we didn’t hike long and instead opted to primarily drive the loop the rest of the way, stopping a couple of times to see a prairie dog townIMG_5750 and other wildlife.IMG_5747

And an amazing overlook.IMG_5753IMG_5762

During the drive, this was the view out the left side of the RV…IMG_5744

And this was the view out the right side!IMG_5745

I kid you not!  It doesn’t match!

Regrettably, we visited Wall Drug in the afternoon.  I know they say you “have to.”  Don’t.  Even the free ice water was hot!


We ended our day at the Crazy Horse Memorial, which happened to be doing a simulated blast, which only happens twice a year.  (Again, when God is your Trip Planner, amazing things happen!)  More on that next time!


12 thoughts on “South Dakota or Bust! – June 24-26, 2016

  1. It’s so fun to see pictures of you guys where we have similar pictures of us and our guys. 🙂 Such good memories these pictures bring back. I find it difficult to describe the awesomeness of the Badlands to someone who hasn’t been there. It’s an amazing, intriguing place. So glad to be able to keep up with you via your blog. Safe travels, Birds!


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