Trip Start Jun 05, 2009
Trip End Jun 17, 2009

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Who'd of thought that driving around the Midwest in a luxury bus could be such an exercise in humility? We’d already learned a few lessons come Saturday afternoon – karma, appreciation for the basics, hot water, warm beds – and we were about to learn another…don’t judge a book by it’s cover!

So, on Saturday afternoon, having just finished driving through the Frightening Forrest, we hit Custer, SD, the last city before "home" (the Palmer Gulch KOA in Hill City).  Custer is a really cute town, still has that old-fashioned feeling.  But, we were feeling our oats a bit, having survived FF, so we were wondering how anyone could live their life in such a town, when the high point of culture is “Bedrock City,” a Flintstones-themed campground and amusement park.  I mean, we’re so far superior…we have Great America in Santa Clara, CA!

With the Smurfs!

Having struck out on all other activities of the day, CO looked at me with an impish look in his eye, and we swung into the parking lot.  The first thing we saw was the concession stand…right out of the opening credits.  CO took my picture pushing my head through the cut out of a waitress putting the brontosaurus burger on the side of the car.

We went into the gift shop, where the most wonderful people have been promoting Bedrock City since 1963.  And getting better all the time.  There were full, life-sized statues of Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Dino…etc.

They have a complete theme park, with the Flintstone & Rubble homesteads, a train that goes through the stops of Fred’s day…everything.  And perfectly implemented.  CO and I were wondering how they could get away with thing blatant trademark infringement…so we asked.  Turns out, Bedrock City, SD is totally authorized by Hanna Barbera.  (We think they started so long ago, the HB people didn’t know how big Fred would be!)

In any event, CO & I both had a great time…boyz didn’t quite get it, thought M & D were a little crazy, but we bought our Bedrock City shirts, and we’re believers.  And we will embrace everyone’s different tastes as we motor through the Midwest, without judging!
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juliebrody on

short but sweet
that's a lot of meat!

ihomer on

Ack Ack a Dack
So dad joined the Royal Order of Buffaloes, huh, I am jealous. Now I have to take the fmaily on this road trip. Is there a town dedicated to Snagglepuss or Deputy Dawg? Did you run into Richard Dryfuss at Devli's tower? Keep up the photos and I am glad Jono enjoyed the cuisine of the mid-west, how can you go 12 years without ribs and brisket?

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