We arrived in Hermosa, SD (about 15 miles south of Rapid City, SD) on Monday afternoon. We're staying in Heartland RV Park for a bit to do some sightseeing and to familiarize ourselves with our new "home". The further west we drove, the more we liked it. I thought I'd throw in a couple of reasons for a few of my readers familiar with the Northern Virginia area. We used to live in Stafford County, VA (about 35 miles south of Washington, DC coming down I-95). Stafford's population was 477 people/square mile. Prince William County, VA (where I used to work) has a density of 1167 people/square mile. Pennington County, SD (where we now reside) has a population density of 36 people/square mile. Liking this area better all the time.
|(Courtesy of musingforamusement.blogspot.com)|
|Interstate 90 heading west|
Badlands National Park. This park turned out to be much more interesting than we had anticipated.
|(Courtesy of NPS Badlands website)|
We've discovered that we might now have made it to the real West.
Karen still seems pretty happy, however.
Hey, I can do that too!
|A few more shots throughout the park|
|Free bumper sticker (again, great advertising)|
I know there are some out there who might like these "tourist traps", but I guess I'm not one of them. We took a quick walk through of the area and a few obligatory photos, of course.
I guess since we now try to limit our purchases to things we really need, rather than just "might" want, shopping is not all that interesting anymore.
Karen was asked to sit in with this woman to play a hand of cards.
|He was so tame!|
I decided to "ride" the jackalope.
Here's the main street across from Wall Drug Store.
Thanks for dropping by to take a look!
Hey that was really fun at Wall Drug Store, thanks for the pictures. I used to plan to live in the West and look where I ended up.ReplyDelete
You could still hop on a plane and travel around with us a bit.ReplyDelete
You look like a natural on that Jackalope! Wall Drug is certainly a tourist trap, but it seems they are the employer for half of SD's population.ReplyDelete
They did have an amazing collection of glass slides of cowboys from circa 1900 in the back. I found the pictures of real cowboy life amazing. There are several hundred of them on a wall. I did like the art they had hanging on the walls.
We enjoyed the Badlands a lot, we've been there several times now. We're happy with SD as our "home state" now, don't miss Northern VA a bit!
"....don't miss Northern VA a bit!"Delete
I like the traffic in SD much better!ReplyDelete
Thanks for this post. We are headed to Box Elder the end of July for our residency sign up etc. Badlands and Wall Drugs (I know South of the Border too) are on our list.ReplyDelete