Friday, August 7, 2009

Minnesota to South Dakota, Tues Aug 4

Bryn: We had a 12 hour drive today. The green cornfields and scattered dairies of southern Minnesota changed slowly to fields in eastern South Dakota, then rangeland, cattle, and the edge of the Badlands. We had a stop at the Akta Lakota Indian Museum at St Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, SD. It was filled with incredible quillwork, tools, parfleches etc., as well as contemporary quilts and beadwork. Fantastic Plains Indian book selection. Well worth the stop!

Reed: One stop was at Wall Drug in Wall, SD. I wanted to stop there because I saw lots of signs that didn't really say anything about it. They give free ice water to people. It reminded me of Charlie Brown's Farms in Little Rock, CA, except it was a lot bigger.

I liked the huge jackalope they had in the back. They had good food too.

Randy: We got into the campground later than we wanted to. It was getting dark earlier than we've been used to, and a thunder storm was rolling in. We got in and were barely settled before the thunderstorm came and dumped buckets of rain on us. But we had a successful night. We're staying in Custer's Gulch Campground on the edge of Custer State Park. Named after George Armstrong Custer, who camped in this area during his campaign. This is Reed in part of the upstairs bed, the other half isn't in place yet.

Bryn: Bikers everywhere! The 69th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is this week. Although we're staying nearly 70 mi from Sturgis, the campground is about half filled with bikers. But since we're so far away, we mostly have middle-aged folks with big motor homes. They park here to camp, and they've brought their Harleys on trailers and just go day tripping. For the next few days, we will be seeing literally thousands of motorcycles everywhere. Lots of leather, tattoos, and grey ponytails too. The Sturgis Rally gets about half a million bikers every year!

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