Road trip from Minnesota to Colorado October 23, 2016 10:30
On a road, surrounded by buffalo ... well, that escalated quickly.
WanderFit hits the road and relocates
Our road trip from Minnesota to Colorado
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While relocating from Minnesota to Colorado, we had limited time to get there, but we still wanted to do a driving road trip and see some of the highlights in the upper Midwest. Our choices were I-80 through Nebraska or I-90 through South Dakota. Which would you choose?
South Dakota : Mitchell
We spent about 20 hours, all within one day, hitting most of the highlights of the state. We made sure to see the unique (corn palace) and the unneeded (Wall drug). Since we left Minneapolis just after midnight, we got to Mitchell, home of the world's only corn palace, around 5 in the morning. It wasn't open. And as was quickly pointed out: "The building is made of brick." But the murals were all corn cobs and other plant parts. Then we got some directions from a large corn statue and headed back to the interstate.
South Dakota : Badlands National Park
Next up was the badlands. We drove this National Park and was amazed at what we saw. After hours of field covered plains that were as flat as possible, you enter the park and see mostly the same with a few rocks sticking out.
Then you go around one specific corner inside the park limits and see the plains drop into a huge sprawling valley with grasslands, huge rock outcrops, and areas that are just barren but are quite a site to see. Here you can see the initial view of the Badlands, and then once we got close up.
We got out a bit to stretch our legs, and did a couple hikes on some established trails. There is the opportunity to just wander, but there are signs warning you that it's easy to become disoriented and get lost; and it's hot out on those rocks! So we stuck to the trails. Think you could survive just wandering out into the badlands?
South Dakota : Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, and Custer State Park
We continued on west, made a quick 10 minute stop at Wall drug just to say we've been there. After Rapid City, we exited the interstate and started taking back roads through the Black Hills. This included driving past Mt Rushmore (but not stopping) while it was raining, and then going on the scenic and windy Iron Mountain Road. That included a one vehicle wide tunnel through a rock. After that was Custer State Park, where you get to drive through areas that are grazing lands for buffalo (bison?). After one turn, traffic was at a complete stop, and that's when we were surrounded by a herd of buffalo. Luckily they decided not to mess with us and wandered on.
That was the highlights of South Dakota. So we decided to cruise through the rest of the road trip; it ended up being another 6 hours on the road. Then we got to our new home and this view from our patio.
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