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Where we ate dinner, Interior, South Dakota

Warning #1, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Warning #2, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Warning #3, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Warning #4, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Lynn and David, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Juniper Trees, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Lynn and David, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Lynn, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Yellow Mounds, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

David, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

David, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Yellow Mounds, Badlands National Park, South Dakota (caused by decaying jungle 65...

Deer, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Deer, Badlands National Park, South Dakota


Saturday 25th May, 2013

Interior to Deadwood, South Dakota

There were no breakfast options at the motel in which we were staying (they start serving breakfast next week when the summer season starts) so David ate a bread roll and Lynn had some cherries and we both had a cup of coffee (you can always have a coffee – every room has a coffee brewer and coffee supplied). We then drove into the little town of Interior as it was so interesting and took some photos, after which we set off to the Badlands National Park again which is adjacent to the town to look at the sights we hadn’t seen yesterday when exhaustion overcame us. It was fine today, no breeze and a lot warmer than previous days. We walked out from the first viewpoint – more rattlesnake warning signs – and had a view of a juniper forest with antelopes as well as a view of the surrounding spires and buttes. The second viewpoint led us first to the “Window Track” where there was a wonderful view of the Badlands, then back and out to the “Door Track” where we walked out beyond the fence on a track to the edge of a canyon, again quite beautiful. We then drove back the way we came and out of the park stopping at a number of viewpoints for more photos and panoramas. Truly it is an amazing place, a one off. We then drove to Wall, a town about 8-9miles from the park and had lunch at the Badlands Bar (it wasn’t bad, although mostly hamburgers in many different varieties are all that’s on the menu – we also overheard some local cowboys discussing branding), after which we set off along the interstate freeway to Deadwood about 120miles away. We arrived in Deadwood at about 4:15pm and our car was parked by a valet somewhere else (haven’t seen it since) and after we had checked in, we strolled around the town soaking up the atmosphere. There are a lot of historical buildings and it is a very nice town set in a “gulch” between two steep sided tree lined hills. On top of one is the grave of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, among others. Because there are many gaming houses and casinos with slot machines everywhere, tourism is very big here. Lots of people visit each week to gamble. We are staying in a gambling joint/casino called Mineral Palace and it is quite odd to see all the machines just inside the doors to the hotel. On our wander around town we saw the place where Hickok was shot in 1876 and where his assassin was arrested. We ate dinner in the hotel because most of the eateries in the town were mainly hamburger and/or fried chicken and we couldn’t bear to think of eating them.



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