28 June 2015

2015 Road Trip | Day 2: South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana

My parents and I are hitting the road this summer for a three-week road trip out west. Our main purpose is to deliver furniture and other belongings to my oldest brother, Kevin, who recently moved to Washington for a job. We'll be doing some extra sight-seeing along the way, as well as making stops at other family members' houses. This is the day-by-day record of our 21-day road trip.

Well, we started late again. But, we were at least three minutes less late than our first day, so at least we're improving. The day started off with a crappy breakfast at our hotel, including artificial egg patties and generic Froot Loops, with tired bodies meandering about the small dining area. It was enough to get us going, though, so we went.

Today's trip was more exciting than I expected. We traveled through the Badlands in South Dakota, which was pretty scenic. We even made a short, spontaneous stop at a "Scenic Overlook," which basically just overlooked rolling, green hills spotted with cattle here and there. It wasn't anything jaw-dropping, but it was a nice spot to stretch our legs and take some photos and videos. 


After our short pitstop, we continued on the straight highway. Now, the highlight of the trip was probably this place called Wall Drug. Wall Drug is a pretty big deal in South Dakota, seeing as it's advertised for 200+ miles before its exit along the interstate. My grandfather actually warned us about these dozens of signs, and I know you wouldn't believe how many there were if you didn't see for yourself, so I have prepared for this moment. 




 

 
 



 

 

 

 




 

 

 
 


 


 

 

 

And that was just a small taste of the amount of signs we saw. Needless to say, we felt obligated to go to Wall Drug. We eventually made it to "The Free Ice Water Store," and stopped inside for lunch, ice cream, and souvenirs. The block-wide store was packed full of people whose interests were probably curiously piqued by the hundreds of miles of signage. It smelled strongly of maple syrup, but I never did find any syrup. I must admit: though the food photographs well, it wasn't that good. The homemade ice cream was satisfying, as well as the free ice water. 
At first, I didn't think it was worth all the advertisement, but now that I think about it, it is pretty much the only semi-exciting place to visit in South Dakota. So, if you're ever driving through South Dakota, be sure to stop at Wall Drug. You can't miss it. 
The rest of our drive was pretty plain as far as signs go, but we did pass Jones County and Big Foot Road, which tempted me to ask to take that road just so we could make Sasquatch calls and hunt for Big Foot like the professionals. We continued north to Montana, cutting through the corner of Wyoming. The terrain is getting much hillier and even slightly mountainous. The last leg of the drive was pretty interesting, as we drove through the Crow Indian Reservation with no cell service and basically no stops. 

 Once in non-reservation Montana, we drove through areas where people rode horseback into town. I think this was my first time seeing actual cowboys, and I was beginning to believe that none really existed nowadays. We continued on to Billings, apparently the largest city in the entire state of Montana, to meet my cousin Sara and her husband Mike for dinner. Our day tomorrow is shorter, so we don't have to get up early, nor do we have a specific desired departure time, so should automatically be off to a great start.


4 comments:

  1. Time to take some anti-inflammatory medicine for my sore thumb. All that scrolling....!!! 😉

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    1. Haha sorry! These posts are more tailor-made for computers. On laptops or desktops, the photos are in two columns so the scrolling isn't as extensive, but it's way worse on mobile devices!

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  2. Don't forget to stop at the dinosaur footprint area.

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  3. Wow! That is an impressive assortment of Wall Drug signs!

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