Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Krazy Days in Madison, SD.

Elena Shopping in Madison - Not Buying, Just Shopping!

Typical Farm Country South of Madison

Beans, Corn, Bales of Hay

Entry to the Zoo and Museum

Origin of the Natural History Museum

Centerpiece Display as you enter the Museum

Tiger about to Have Lunch

Beautiful Animals with Beautiful Horns

Just a few of the many African Animals

Remember the Pronghorns We Saw in Wyoming?

One of Several Pronghorns at the Zoo.

Galapagoes Tortoises - Distant Cousins of Da Honu.

Finches from Australia

A Beautiful Vulture.

A Stately Bald Eagle - Our National Bird

A Grizzly in a Beautiful Setting

Another Grizzley

Some Folks Think It's Wrong to Keep Animals in a Zoo, But...

The Red Wolf is Nocturnal and Did Not Want to Pose for...

Carousel for the Young at Heart

(Ron writing) This morning we packed-up Da Honu and left the nice campground at Lake Herman. We made a stop in Madison to pick up our mail and then saw they were having "Krazy Days". Three blocks of the main business district were blocked to traffic, all the businesses in the downtown area had sale items out on the street, there were food vendors selling tempting BBQ and a variety of other foods. We were tempted but it was too early for lunch so we left town and headed south for Sioux Falls SD. We took HW 19 south through some more beautiful farm country dotted with small lakes and ponds. Some folks travel this part of the country and all they see is BORING flat land and nothing but fields of crops. We drive through this area and see BEAUTIFUL rolling hills planted with corn, beans, and alfafa, We see lush green pastures with cattle. We see every shade of green imaginable between the neatly maintained farm yards with their large groves of trees. Like many other things in life beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

We continued our travel on I-90 east (in horrible condition) and then on I-29 south (in excellent condition). We arrived a little after noon and went right to the "Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History". Our AAA Tour book lists this as a "Gem" and we'd agree with their assessment. It's certainly not the San Diego Zoo but it is very nice and has a good variety of animals. The natural history museum has a large number of nicely displayed mounted animals, mostly from Africa. Nearly all of these animals were once the private collection of a local businessman that was an avid big-game hunter. After his death the collection was purchased by a man who donated it to the city for this new museum. It was very nice to be able to get right up close to these mounted animals that looked so very lifelike. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

Today I noticed that one of the tires on Da Honu had an unusual looking spot on the tread. We stopped at a large tire dealer here in Sioux Falls and they diagnosed it as break in the belt. Not good. They were about to close so we will go there tomorrow and get that taken care of.

Today, here in Sioux Falls we found our first "Cracker Barrel" restaurant since starting this adventure. We love Cracker Barrels. This restaurant chain is spread over most of the nation but there aren't any in CA or HI. Each one is the same; a front porch with rocking chairs and checkers games, a country store, and a restaurant. We love the food, the service, the decor, and best of all, the prices. Besides that they are very friendly to RVers. They always have parking spaces for large RVs and they don't even mind if you park there overnight. We had a delicious dinner there - more midwest food. Ron had an open face roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy. Elena had grilled catfish and collard greens. For dessert, we split a blackberry cobbler ala mode; it hit the spot.

After dinner we went to Sam's Club and Wal*Mart to buy a few things. Since we need to go to the tire dealer a few blocks from here first thing in the morning, we decided to just spend the night at Wally World (the Wal*Mart parking lot).

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