There's not much to say beyond how alive I feel out here and how beautiful it has been so consistently. We're set up in Rapid City, SD and it just so happens to be storming after 2 days of beautiful weather while we were outdoors non-stop. We've been lucky. Our Mazda 2, which we've dubbed the SS Tiny Adventure, has also held up quite well. The worst luck we've seen so far is the lack of good bad action movies in our hotel room. Korchnak just found the very end of Kindergarten Cop and now he's a bit ragey. I never would have known to check CMT for a decent bit of programming.
After a quick visit to the Badlands visitor center, we headed out on what ended up being a three hour and a half hour walk. It seemed really hot, but it was a blast seeing a different landscape. When we got to the car, we hustled to a museum stop that I was excited for: the Minuteman Missile Historic Site. This is a Cold War museum documenting the intercontinental ballistic missile silos that dot the northern Plains. Unfortunately, the remaining tours were booked. I picked up a cool book and we headed to a silo that was open for viewing but we could only go to the command center on the guided tour. All we could do was adapt, so we headed to Rapid City, SD and found a hotel, did our laundry (I've been wearing the same mix of clothing for about six days straight, so that was nice), and grabbed a decent meal before setting in to upload pics. Below are the pictures from the toasty morning hike in the Badlands.
- I am going to upload some panoramas and audio separately. I think my posts are too 'big' for Weebly to handle. So panoramas will be up shortly.
- In the spirit of continuing to document cultural messages from the west, there were two worth mentioning over the last couple days. First, a bumper sticker in South Dakota we drove by that said "EAT BEEF: The West wasn't won on salad." and a billboard that said something along the lines of: "Help manage wildlife: Wear fur."
- As we drove by endless Lewis and Clark Trail signs earlier where one is pointing, we've taken to doing lots of pictures of each other pointing. Be ready for more!