Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Vacation, 2012: The End

I should mention at this point that except for the fear of not finding a motel room in Rapid City, the bikers were no problem at all.  In fact, I think they made our time in South Dakota more interesting.  

Our next stop after leaving Needles Highway was Wall Drug, which has expanded a lot since I was a kid.  If you've ever traveled in the direction of Rapid City, you have seen many signs advertising the place many miles from its location.  I suggest you read the history of Wall Drug HERE.  It's inspirational. 

We didn't spend a lot of time here, just enough to drink a five-cent cup of coffee and find a marked-down souvenir coffee cup to take home.  

 I told Cliff we didn't have to drive clear through the Badlands; all I wanted was to get deep enough in so that's all we could see.  

As we were leaving the Badlands, we came to another place I just had to see:  Prairie Homestead.

This is the real thing, not a replica

White prairie dogs were everywhere!  I don't see how the settlers here managed to have a garden with these little pests around.  
From this place, we headed toward home.  We spent Sunday night at the Thunderbird Lodge in Mitchell, South Dakota, and arrived home the next day around 4 P.M.  
Cliff and I agree that the Colorado Rockies are prettier than anything we saw up north, and they are much closer to home.  We had quite a road trip and are glad we went.  
For those of you who think we should have reserved a room, that might be fine with you.  If we were going to Glacier National Park again, we might try to find something.  But they say you need to get your room at least six months ahead:  at our ages, we don't know if we'll even be alive in six months!  Besides, we don't plan to go there again.  Now we know what it's like, and once is enough.  The only distant place I would still like to see is the Grand Canyon, but I wouldn't say it's on my bucket list.  
We have decided you can't beat Colorado as a destination, no matter how far you travel in this country.  We won't make reservations when we go.  We have never had a problem finding someplace to stay there.   
And that's the end of our vacation.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I enjoyed all the pictures of your trip. It is hard to imagine how the settlers survived in the early days. I guess it proves where there is a will there is a way. It's raining here today. Hope your Tuesday is a terrific one!


Your SPONTANEITY added spice to your life and if you had fun in the long run that's all that matters. I Love Colorado too. Have a BIL that lives there and a nephew. That old homestead house was inspirational, for sure. It was a hard life back then. The fact it's still standing in this country is a testament to time. I'm surprised someone didn't try to bulldoze it. Imagine the history that would have been lost.

Paula said...

I enjoyed reading about Wall drug store. Glad you and Cliff had such a good time.

Lori said...

Thank you for taking us along with you. I really enjoyed that.

krueth said...

What a fun vacation you had. I love how you just roll along and deal with each situation. Loved looking at all the pictures you posted of your trip. Wendy

Sheila Y said...

Enjoyed taking this trip with you through your posts. Lots of beautiful scenery in this old country of ours. Take care, Sheila