Archive for the ‘South Dakota’ Category

2007 06 10 – Big Trip – Day 41 – Having Fun in South Dakota

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Chris’ Campground, Spearfish, South Dakota. Tachometer – 4087 miles

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Ron got up excited and finished his morning routine (potty, teeth, clothes) as fast as we could ever remember. He had a hot date with his friend from yesterday and couldn’t wait to get out of the RV. Finally some company his own age with the appropriate stimulation. Not that playing with Shir and Orr is so bad, but we really want Ron to interact with kids his own age when we camp. (more…)

2007 06 09 – Big Trip – Day 40 – Old McDonald had a Farm

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Happy Holidays RV Park, Rapid City, South Dakota. Tachometer – 3996 miles

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Ron's first pony ride 

The children had a great day. It started with the campsite playground, continued with a petting farm, and ended in this campgrounds playground. Ron also met a friend that was parked right next to us. (more…)

2007 06 08 – Big Trip – Day 39 – Badlands National Park

Friday, June 8th, 2007

KOA Badlands, near Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Tachometer – 3906 miles

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Badlands National Park

We lazed around the campground most of the morning, Paola and I taking turns with the kids at the playground. I got the early shift, and we had pancakes prepared for us at the pavilion right next to the playground. For those who are wondering, KOA stands for Kamgrounds of America. It is a franchise chain of campgrounds that are very standardized in the level of service, cleanliness, and other amenities. These amenities usually include a swimming pool, playground, and in most campgrounds a pavilion or common area where food is served (for a fee) usually for breakfast and sometimes at dinnertime as well. (more…)

2007 06 07 – Big Trip – Day 38 – Bad Weather, Bad Weapons and Badlands National Park

Friday, June 8th, 2007

KOA Badlands, near Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Tachometer – 3880 miles

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Badlands National Park

It was a cold and rainy day, harshly punctuated by a relentless wind that had me bending the steering wheel of the RV almost a quarter of a turn just to keep driving straight. We took I-90 east for about 90 miles to get to Badlands. On the way we had a very interesting stop at what was once a launch site of US Minuteman nuclear warheads.

The entire plains region, including South Dakota, was filled with about 1000 missile silos during the cold war. (more…)

Water Fun in Hot Springs

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

2007 06 06 – Big Trip – Day 37 – Faces Carved in Rock

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

KOA Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota. Tachometer – 3722 miles

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Mount Rushmore

We saw two manmade, larger than life monuments today: The famous Mount Rushmore and the even more impressive Crazy Horse Memorial. They are both located here in the Black Hills and both draw millions of tourists every year. (more…)

2007 06 05 – Big Trip – Day 36 – Flintstones and Jewels

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

KOA Custer, Custer, South Dakota. Tachometer – 3679 miles

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Fred Flinstone and Friends

This morning the kids had a treat. We went to the Flintstones theme park. It is based on the famous cartoon series from the 60’s that I remember watching in the 70’s as a kid. Basically it’s a prehistoric sitcom. Fred Flintstone was a national icon for a while.

We started off with a cute train ride. (more…)

2007 06 04 – Big Trip – Day 35 – Wind Cave National Park & Custer State Park

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Flintstones Bedrock Campground, Custer, South Dakota. Tachometer – 3640 miles

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Ron at the natural entrance to Wind Cave

We had a long easy morning at the campground, the kids played with the gravel rocks paving our campsite, trying to fit them into empty plastic bottles. Towards noon we left and drove about 45 minutes to get to Wind Cave National Park. The weather deteriorated rapidly and it began to rain heavily. (more…)

2007 06 03 – Big Trip – Day 34 – Hot Springs, South Dakota

Monday, June 4th, 2007

KOA Hot Springs, Hot Springs, South Dakota. Tachometer – 3555 miles

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The lower altitude of the great plains (about 1000 meters) helped us wake up to a nice and warm morning. Paola took the kids to the playground while I jogged around the Fort Robinson area. This was a large military installation from 1870 till just after world war 2. Today many of the buildings are used for tourist lodges, horse stables and other recreational activities.

We drove north and entered South Dakota after an hour of endless meadows dotted with mostly black cows. The same views continued for another hour or so until finally we reached the Black Hills. (more…)