Well…we started off with good intentions regarding the fast food thing but things fell apart a little today. Here is what happened… we left the Dells and drove west about five hours and ended up in Mankato, MN for a stop over. We ended up in a city park campgound…HUGE mistake. All the people looked relatively normal when we got there. By about 9 PM they all turned into party animals. Apparently, everyone goes to this park to party and camp. There was no such thing as quiet hours at this place. It was awful…we didn’t get much sleep. We had already planned to get up early so we could get to DeSmet, SD in good time. So we were out of there by 6 AM. I had to resist the urge to honk my horn and crank up my music to say good-bye to everyone.
The only place open was McDonalds so I HAD to eat an egg McMuffin. We arrived in DeSmet by about 9:30 for our Laura Ingalls tour. We finished the first part at lunch time and we are out of lunch meat so we HAD to eat at Subway. We will talk more about DeSmet later.
After our visit to DeSmet we headed west and arrived in Pierre. Well…after the night we had last night I didn’t look too hard for a campground. But, I did find a nice hotel with WIFI, A/C, pool, breakfast AND cookies! It is also cheaper than camping at the Jellystone.
It turns out it was a good plan because there are severe storms going through the area right now. Tomorrow we will head back out into the wilderness. We are heading to Wall Drug, Badlands and Black Hills. We are on the move becuase we need to be in Salt Lake by Friday to pick up Jim! 🙂