|Tom's sister Betsy and brother-in-law Bill|
|Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD|
|you remember coonskin hats? well...|
|Dave Jones, entrenched in Wall, SD|
We tempted Dave to our RV with the promise of a home cooked meal which included brats from Jacob’s Meat Market in Appleton. Dave was very excited at the prospect of some Jacob’s brats (although we'd hoped our company alone would have been enough of an attraction). Unfortunately, when Carol purchased the brats, instead of veal, pork or beef, she had purchased brats comprised of chicken. Chicken? Suffice to say, by definition, the words 'chicken' and 'brat' should never be used in the same sentence. No amount of condiment could cover the disappointment Dave and Tom felt. At least the brat wannabes were served on Manderfield buns. That little hiccup aside, it was an entertaining afternoon as Dave regaled us with Wall lore and history. It also didn’t hurt that during our stay in Wall, that we were able to to revisit some of the nicest scenery South Dakota has to offer in the form of an auto tour through the Badlands NP and the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. As an aside, if you get the chance and it happens to be ope, visit the Buffalo Gap National Grassland Visitor Center. Don't overlook the Wall Public Library. And, by all means, whatever you do, do not pass up the chance at savoring some of Wall Drug Cafe's epic homemade fresh donuts.
|Big Pines Campground|
Our South Dakota driver’s licenses were in need of renewing in 2014 so a few nights in the Big Pines Campground outside Custer, SD was in order. Not only did the park put us within an easy drive to the DMV in Rapid City, the location also allowed easy access to the wildlife auto tour in Custer State Park (and breakfast at the park’s Gamekeeper Lodge), a walking tour of the buffalo artwork in downtown Custer, a swing through Wind Cave NP, a revisit of Mount Rushmore, and a drive along the highway 16A loop which we couldn't have possibly accomplished towing the RV. We included a stop at our mail forwarding service in Box Elder to double check that our voter registrations were in order.
Next on our westward journey was an forgettable overnight at an RV park outside Cheyenne, WY as we headed to Colorado with a visit to a certain exclusive backyard RV campground in mind.