Did you know that we have National Grasslands? I did not. But feast your eyes on the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. It is one of 20 national grasslands and includes 600,000 acres of mixed prairie and chalky badlands. Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water.
We stopped at a scenic overlook by the grasslands and prepared our lunch here. The view was like none I've seen before.
Wall Drug Store is a tourist attraction in Wall, SD. It is a shopping mall with a drug store, gift shop, restaurant and various other stores. It also has a western art museum, a chapel and an 80 foot Apatasaurus. If you've traveled on the East Coast you have probably seen the signs advertising South of the Border. Wall Drug advertising is the western equivalent. There are signs all through South Dakota announcing how far to Wall Drug. And people all over the world have put up signs of their own stating how far to Wall Drug. I saw one on the side of a barn in Indiana.
Since we crossed west of 100 degrees longitude today at Presho, SD and are officially in The West, I officially shopped for and purchased a cowboy hat. I love it and want to be buried with it. Brett didn't buy anything but he enjoyed sitting with the lovely mannequin. The store must hire summer help from all over the world. I bought my hat from a young man from Ohio and Lowell bought a great looking oilcloth duster coat from a clerk from the Czech Republic.
There is a photo of the real Laura Ingills Wilder in one of the exhibit areas. I now know for certain that she did not look like Melissa Gilbert.
And I spotted my first buffalo. He doesn't look like Melissa Gilbert either.
We've made it to something like 5,000 feet altitude. A few more miles down I90 and we exited at Sundance, WY (the same Sundance as The Kid got his name from) to travel on state roads for 28 miles to Devil's Tower.
These 28 miles were very scenic, very curvy and very up and down. Especially harrowing were the curves on a 5% downgrade. The piece de resistance was the big sign announcing landslide ahead, expect delays. Fortunately the landslide must have occurred some days ago. We waited for an escort vehicle and were taken around the spot where the road was being cleared and rebuilt.
We are spending tonight at the Devil's Tower KOA. The photograph on the bottom of this group was taken from our campsite.
We crossed into the Mountain time zone today. Even though my clock shows 9:43pm, it feels more like the 10:43pm my body thinks it is so I shall cease my blogging for now. But I will be keeping a close eye out for any encounters of the third kind (they sell the movie at the store here).