Friday, June 20, 2008

South Dakota

So here we are in the Badlands, an area of south western South Dakota that also contains Mt. Rushmore, Crazyhorse memorial, Custer State Park with a herd of Bison, Mammoth Hot Springs and, of course, Wall Drug.
We are in a KOA campground just south of Badlands national park. Drove thru a small section of the park to get here - WOW spectacular sandstone towers, spires and mounds some with windows reminding us of sand castles but on a very grand scale.
The plan is to spend 3 nights here and explore the area. Maybe even take a day not to move at all.
Good to be sitting still and catch up with ourselves. 1000 plus miles of the plains in 2 ½ days has been a bit much.
Campground quite comfy with a pool, hot tub, laundry, wi-fi, cable tv etc. along a river with enormous cottonwood trees shedding their fluff.
Being on the road still feels odd and somewhat surreal - its like a vacation but...
We met one coupe in a smaller rv than ours who have no permanent home and have been on the road for 6 years - hard to imagine.
Will try to get some pictures up in the next few days - our on the road tech skills still need some work.


Anonymous said...

We have a Roadtrek 190 in which we lived for 2 1/2 months a couple of summers ago. We traveled from Phoenix to Alaska and back. We were in Alaska for around six weeks, exploring almost every road up there. Fabulous trip! Living in our "trek" worked out just fine. A couple just need to be the best of friends and very patient! We had about half the electronic toys you are taking and, for us, that was just right. We do not have a navigational system. We use good old maps and sometimes just stop and ask for directions. The Badlands are a beautiful area, and Deadwood is great fun! I do hope you take the Alcan highway and get up to Alaska. It's the driving trip of a lifetime. I envy your year of exploration. I would love to do that someday! Be safe, be well, and happy trails to you!
Judy P.

Barbara said...

Thanks for reading and commenting. I am assuming hat you got to us via The Road Trip Dream enewsletter.
Your Alaska trip sounds great but we aren't planning on going that way this time.
Although we have both traveled out west before, we like this prospect of just moseying...deciding along the way and not having many time constraints.
Do you have a blog?
Please do keep in touch.