I know it’s a bit early, but we want to get on the road. You snooze while I load the van, then we’ll stop for breakfast at County Fair.

Can you believe that we got 2 eggs, toast, and almost an entire dinner plate of crisp-on-the-outside hash browns for $3!!  What a great place!  What? Yes, I dug in too fast to get a photo.  Sorry about that.  Into the van and fasten your seat belt. The rest of South Dakota and Wyoming await.

This part of South Dakota still looks like (and is) farmland, but when we get to Chamberlain and cross another wide river, the Missouri, the landscape will change to more grazing, although we’ll also start seeing fields of cheerful bright yellow sunflowers.

Whenever I cross the Missouri, I think of an American folk song we sang when the girls were little. I’d play “Oh, Shenandoah” on the piano and we’d all sing.  Here’s a version I like, although the lyrics are slightly different than the ones we sang.

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On the western side of the river is a South Dakota classic, Al’s Oasis, where you can eat a grand meal, buy souvenirs, or take a photo with an enormous statue of a bison (buffalo to most people.)

Are you enjoying “Lord of the Rings?”  Good, but we’re going to pull off at this viewpoint, because I want you to see the vastness of South Dakota as well as catch a glimpse of the Badlands.

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Toto, we’re not in the Midwest anymore!

Now for the Badlands.

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We’ll stop in the Badlands on the way home.  Consider this an appetizer.

We passing Wall, with its iconic Wall Drug, through Rapid City, gateway to Mt. Rushmore, past Sturgis (thankfully ahead of the mobs who will be here for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the largest such event in the world), and there’s the Welcome to Wyoming sign.  Only a few more hours.

I’m going to make a quick stop at this scenic pullout so you can have a view of what makes my heart beat a bit faster, one of the first views of the Bighorn Mountain range.  I’m usually in too much of a hurry and every year say that I should have stopped.  This year, in your honor, we’ll take a look.

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The long (and wide) view

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Still snow on some of the those peaks. Back into the van and let’s go! Only another hour or so.

  1. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Just thinking about eggs and HashBrowns makes me hungry. Haven’t hat the latter in quite a while. Next time I’m over I’ll dig into them 😀
    Have a very HAPPY week, dear Janet 🙂

  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for stopping to help us enjoy the trip with you, Janet. It’s beautiful country.

    • I’m glad to put as many of you into my magically expanding van as possible, Dan. Every place I pass through on my trip is beautiful in some way and there’s quite a variety as you can see.

  3. Suzanne says:

    What fantastic country. It feels so expansive.

  4. What sweeping vistas at each turn, thanks.

  5. So enjoying this trip so far! I’ve always wanted to see the Badlands 🙂

  6. I will never forget all the signs leading up to Wall Drug on our Epic Road Trip in 83. We stopped of course! Had the cold water, and bought souvenirs which I still have a couple of.

    That country is so pretty. Thanks for pulling out and sharing the views. Looking forward to the next installment!

  7. Enjoy the trip, Janet. I need to ride that route again some day. 🙂

  8. Su Leslie says:

    Wow! Beautiful scenery. I’d definitely want to share the driving so I could really appreciate it.

  9. joey says:

    Quite nice!
    I’d pay three dollars just for some good hash browns alone. I hate making them! lol

  10. $3 for that feast? In all seriousness, you can’t get a plain cup of coffee at that price at round here.

    Love reading about your adventures. Almost as good as being there… Almost.

    • I know. That $3 price was phenomenal and the food being so good made it even better. I’ll definitely stop for breakfast there again.

      I’m glad you’re along for the ride. Maybe one day you’ll make it there for real. In the meantime, enjoy.


  11. de Wets Wild says:

    Such wide open spaces!

  12. The ride has been smooth with many enjoyable stops and views. Thanks for making it special. I’d like some coffee or tea with that well-priced breakfast. 😎

    • Of course, that’s not a problem. And you can get one for the road, as I’m driving. Sit back and relax. Getting there is half the fun (but thankfully not half the time). 🙂