As I write this I can look up and see the unbelievable view of the north side of Mt Rushmore glowing in the rising sun. But I'm getting ahead of myself....
Wednesday started In Mitchell SD as a sad and rainy day but then turned spring blue as we drove west on I-90.
Our first side trip was the Badlands National Park where Victoria got shutter-happy.
God did some awesome work when he carved the Black Hills and set the forces of nature loose on them.
Of course, one cannot drive through Badlands National Park and not stop at Wall Drug in Wall SD.
Who knew that “Nickel Coffee” (5 cents) and “free ice water” would be the magic formula to draw people from all over the world to this drug store in the middle of nowhere?
We ended our day in the little historic town of Keystone SD. Buffalo burger, ice cream, a nice hike rounded out our day. We were back inside by sunset, before the mountain lions started their prowling, according to the locals.
We literally stayed in the shadow of Mount Rushmore at the K Bar S Lodge. We just could not have asked for a better view from our room.