Big and Bad

I was excited to see Wall Drug Store, but was sorely disappointed. You know how you have in your mind how something will look? I thought this would be one gigantic drug store. It wasn’t. It did take up practically a whole block, but it was divided into individual stores and was a complete tourist trap. I snapped a photo, mailed a card at the post office across the street and we left.

DSC_0001They must do a brisk business because I swear there was a billboard about every half mile along the highway.

It’s a hot day and a nice time to take in The Badlands when you can sit in the car with the air conditioning on. So we do.

Before we even get to the views these guys are backing up traffic and they aren’t moving. DSC_0004

The Badlands are a 244,000 acre National Park and the following photographs are of just the northwestern loop. Click on the photos to enlarge.

Fries says, “Wake up, Burger!!! You’re going to miss seeing the old goats, you old goat!”

I do not know where we will lay our heads tonight, but anywhere will do. I am so tired.

As it turns out it’s a rest area and I ignore the three hour South Dakota rest area limit as others are doing. Interstate 90 is peppered with many small towns along it’s corridor: Kadoka, Murdo, Presho, Kennebec, Reliance, Chamberlain, Kimball.

The next morning we drive to Mitchell, one of the larger South Dakota towns and spend two nights in Walmart’s parking lot.  Not the best place to be but there are no boondocking opportunities on the eastern side of the state close to where we need to be, and really all I want to do is rest up a bit before we hit Madison. I did get a few chores done during the two days: Washing Freedom’s windows, taping some Reflectix to the cube cooler, changing out the PVC curtain rod pipe for the real deal, and using double-sided tape to adhere the dash cover to the dash. Goat dog likes to crawl onto the dash to bask in the sun when we’re stopped and it was forever askew.

to the dash when we’re stopped to lay in the sun and it was always out of place.

Thanks for following 2Dogs!  We’re so glad you’re along for the ride. Hugs, Shawna

Author: 2DogsTravel

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I am a full-time traveler, retired from a lifetime of different occupations, traveling the country with my two little dogs, Fries and Charlie B; The Chiweenie Brothers. You never know where you might find us, but if you do stop by and say hi . . . If you can get past the two best watch dogs in the universe! Happy Trails!

One thought on “Big and Bad”

  1. How desolate, no wonder they are called the Bad Lands…I had not heard of Walls Drug store..sorry it was a disappointment. You, fortunately, have been doing wonderfully with the scenery and animals otherwise.. We have a blustery beautiful fall day with low hanging dark clouds. I might sneak out to take one of the big apples off my little tree to see if they are ripe…temps have been in the mid 30’s to 50’s at night. Supposed to rain..means I don’t have to water but then if the grass is wet, it is hard to mow. Think I will leave that for another day. Today is a rest day, I think. Time to read and Thank the Lord for his provisions. Take care and I will look forward to you next venture… Hugs.


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