Day 3 - Whew! What a day . . .

Trip Start Jun 29, 2007
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Trip End Jul 30, 2007


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Monday, July 2, 2007

Today we crossed the great state of Minnesota. There was more corn to see today but this became less and less as we headed west. One thing that did strike us was the constant strong wind and this was taken advantage of by the erecting of many wind turbines and the supporting power towers with heavy cables. A lot of money was being spent, for what I think, on a good thing.
Just after we crossed over from Minnesota to South Dakota we came upon the Missouri River. There is a scenic lookout that we stopped at  to check out and take some pictures at. It was very hot there (95 F) with no wind. We met a young couple there that took our picture with the Missouri River in the background.  We checked out the very interesting Lewis and Clark display in the pavillion and then quickly got back into the air conditioned van.
Oh, oh!! Car trouble. Just as were pulling off I-90 to get to our campsite the van quit. I gave symptoms of having no fuel even though the fuel gauge showed of a tank. Luckily, if you could call it that, there was a gas station just down the road. I started walking toward the gas station when two guys from Iowa stopped to give me a lift. The very nice gas station lady lent us a gas can and my two new Iowanian buddies gave me a lift back to the van with the gas. In the meantime a guy had already stopped and put some gas in the tank. Oh well, might as well put my gas in too. Well, the van started right up and this thank yous being said we parted company. There sure are a lot of nice folks around here.
We headed through a corner of the Badlands State Park on the way to our KOA Kampsite. The KOA site is really nice, well laid out and clean. There is plenty of shade and a mild northerly breeze. The swimming pool was a real treat after setting up the camp. Had two tasty strip loin steaks, fried onions, salad and rice for supper.
Today we crossed the great state of Minnesota. There was more corn to see today but this became less and less as we headed west. One thing that did strike us was the constant strong wind and this was taken advantage of by the erecting of many wind turbines and the supporting power towers with heavy cables. A lot of money was being spent, for what I think, on a good thing.
Just after we crossed over from Minnesota to South Dakota we came upon the Missouri River. There is a scenic lookout that we stopped at  to check out and take some pictures at. It was very hot there (95 F) with no wind. We met a young couple there that took our picture with the Missouri River in the background.  We checked out the very interesting Lewis and Clark display in the pavillion and then quickly got back into the air conditioned van.
Oh, oh!! Car trouble. Just as were pulling off I-90 to get to our campsite the van quit. I gave symptoms of having no fuel even though the fuel gauge showed of a tank. Luckily, if you could call it that, there was a gas station just down the road. I started walking toward the gas station when two guys from Iowa stopped to give me a lift. The very nice gas station lady lent us a gas can and my two new Iowanian buddies gave me a lift back to the van with the gas. In the meantime a guy had already stopped and put some gas in the tank. Oh well, might as well put my gas in too. Well, the van started right up and this thank yous being said we parted company. There sure are a lot of nice folks around here.
We headed throught a corner of the Badlands State Park on the way to our KOA Kampsite. The KOA site is really nice, well laid out and clean. There is plenty of shade and a mild northerly breeze. The swimming pool was a real treat after setting up the camp. Had two tasty strip loin steaks, fried onions, salad and rice for supper.
We met up with our camping neighbours and shared a campfire with them. Wendi and I got out instruments and started up a few tunes. Michael, the dad, played guitar with us and I think that his family had a nice ending to their day.
From what we've seen so far the Badlands are a truly awesome sight.
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