Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Every morning I walk the three quarter mile loop around the campground. Need to know if anyone else is here. Usually not and if so it is only for the night.
Monday, June 28, 2021
Near the border of North and South Dakota
I wasn’t too sure what to expect at this campground and it was eight miles in off the highway to boot.
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Buffalo, South Dakota (pop. around 350)
I had some business to take care of in Rapid City, SD and then we spent the night at Walmart Camperland. The next day we headed north into a lot of nothingness as far as towns go. I had a small town camp lined up and was dismayed to be greeted with this sign. The app I use to find these places would get an update by me. What to do? There was no place else to go within hours of driving and I was tired.
A cute observation: I watch a young new mother carrying her baby daughter over her shoulder, her little cradle in the other hand and leading her horse all the same time. They got over in the shade where the horse trailer was parked and she leaned over to set down the cradle and switch arms with the baby while her horse body-checks, bumping into her on purpose. She ignores the horse, sets the cradle down on the ground, puts her daughter in and covers her with a cheesecloth material to keep the flies off of her. Then she loaded her horse into the trailer. Made me think of so many scenes I see all the time with frazzled mothers and their newborns and this woman was doing it all with a sassy horse added to the mix.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Wall, South Dakota
When traveling Interstate 90 these billboards start showing up something like fifty miles away (just guessing). There is an estimated somewhere between 200 and 300 of them. I have traveled this area many times and never stopped to check out Wall Drug. I thought this time I would as our overnight camp was less than ten miles away.
Friday, June 25, 2021
Badlands, South Dakota
We are just outside of the national park as I write this. We are not going in. I have been here before a few times. It is more enjoyable when doing so with someone else and we did that four years ago when Amanda and Dresy, her kitty, were traveling along with us.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Great Plains Grasslands
This past weekend Tropical Storm Claudette left a path of flooding, destruction and death across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and beyond. We could have been caught up in all of that mess. Thank goodness for humidity (I never thought I would be writing those words) for it forced us to leave the area before Claudette arrived.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
White River, South Dakota
White River is about the same size as Burke. Their camping area had ten spots, one table, no electricity, one water faucet centrally located, no shower, two pit toilets, no trash can, no people and no cost.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
City park campground, Burke, South Dakota
It was so nice that first afternoon and night here that we decided to stay a second night. The next day when I was planning on leaving high winds were predicted all day. Not the best to be driving a small house down the road in so we stayed a third night. I could not have had a better place to be “stuck” than this little park where no one has come by except two travelers who stopped for lunch.
I have a friend who we write back and forth often. She wants to do what we do but is fearful being a solo female out on the road. I have met and talked with dozens of solo women travelers over the years and not one has had a bad experience although they too started out the same, fearful and with apprehension. I follow a YouTuber who interviews nomad travelers and he’s spoke with hundreds of women who say the same thing; never a bad experience. The women all say they go with their gut feeling. If something doesn’t feel right they move someplace else. Even myself I have done that.
I wrote to her about how nice this little park is to be stuck at. She wrote: I just fear leaving my tent and equipment unattended…
I said just stick to small towns, especially like here in the midwest. “The house right behind us the people just leave their nice bicycles out leaning up against the house.” Ever since we entered Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, etc. I rarely see vandalism or graffiti.
This lady gets my award for the best road construction traffic monitor.
Monday, June 21, 2021
Burke, South Dakota
We have been trying to follow the Missouri River as much as possible. There was a scenic route along our route for most of the day’s planned traveling but when we reached the turnoff it was closed. Detour. Just my luck. Still we had a nice drive through the largely all farmland of southern South Dakota. Not many towns along the way and when there, they are small. Burke has a population of 600 give or take.
But they have a nice city park travelers can stay at for ten dollars. I gladly paid ten dollars for here than what we just left behind at Lewis and Clark Lake.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Lewis and Clark Lake
Why did I think I can’t do this.
The camp sites were so close together that your neighbor was right outside your window or door. You can hear them talking or arguing all the time. Their music is playing and many modern RV’s have outside televisions so you hear that. There is no escape from any of it.