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Aug 30, 2020 - Badlands National Park

2020-08-29. Badlands NP We drove from the Missouri River across South Dakota and into Wall, home of Wall Drug, whose signs punctuate every mile of US 14, the "local route" we decided to take in lieu of the interstate. Established during the "old west days" the drug store became famous when the proprietress advertised and offered "free ice water" which you can still get at Wall Drug today. In the 1890's, though, given the scarcity of water, that was a big deal! The excitement of the trip to Wall was the duck strike. As we drove along the two...

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Pandemic Escape 2020

Aug 14, 2019 - Badlands

8/14 We walked over to Wall Drug this morning. Marie bought a pocket book and earrings. From Wall we drove south to the Badlands National Park. Beautiful scenery, but was useless land. That evening we arrived at Blue Mound National Park in Luvern, Mn. We went over to Dick and Clarice’s for a short visit. 8/15 Met Dick and Clarice at their son Joel’s new Ford Dealership. Nice visit with Joel. We then went to the old Ford dealership location that Dick ran for many years. It is now a village museum. In the afternoon we drove to William and...

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May 25, 2019 - Badlands National Park

Day 6, May 23 Out to explore the area today. The plan was to tour a deactivated minuteman missile site run by the National Park Service not far from the park. Unfortunately you need advanced reservations as they only take 6 people at a time. There were no openings for today or tomorrow so we were out of luck. Bexplored the east side of the park. Had to leave the furry kids in the RV as they are not allowed on any of the trails or buildings in the park. The area was originally ocean covered millions of years ago. The ocean floor was pushed...

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2019 Alaska RV Trip

Jul 16, 2018 - Badlands

The Badlands is like being on the moon. Right in the middle of the plains is this wonderland of rock formations that look like a kid made them at the beach by drizzling wet sand through his fingers. The really great thing for the boys was you can climb on them and explore the small canyons that are there. I think because you can climb and hike on the formations that this was one of the boy's favorite places. We spent a good three hours driving through the park and on the way to Rapid City, Peter wanted to see the famous Wall Drug in Wall,...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Day Trip: Badlands National Park, South Dakota

It’s a Great Day. The motorcycle is out and we are ready to go. We head into the Badlands National Park. We stop at the Window Trail. John walks to what we think is a trail head. “You’ve got to come look at this!” WOW. Our feet get muddy. It rained last night. But the view is worth muddy feet. We continue on to the Door Trail. We are just in time for the ranger talk. This trail is a boardwalk. No muddy feet. The talk is informative and entertaining. We continue out of the park to the helicopter rides. This is my fourth time in a helicopter....

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May 30, 2018 - Badlands Sunrise and Moonset, Western Grasslands and Spires

Today, our third day, we drove about 80mi around the western area of Bad Lands. The park is boarder loosely by the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the south in the White River Drainage area. At the western end of the park is the Badlands Wilderness Area. To the north is the higher flat land of South Dakota. The park is surrounded by the “Buffalo Gap National Grassland”. A significant feature of the park is the “Badlands Wall”. This is actually the main viewing feature of the park and consists of the rugged features and pinnacles, towering...

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May 29, 2018 - Delta 01 Minute Missle Site, Delta 09, Full Moon Rising, Natioal Grassland Museum

The next morning we got up early to ensure that we made it back to exit 127 for our tour reservation at “Delta 01” the launch missile control facility for 10, a squadron, of Minuteman Missiles. Here we saw where a launch control crew are locked in and underground, blast protected capsule. They are controlled by a supervisory team in a plane 24/7 for redundancy. It actually takes 4 people to turn keys and launch a missile, not just 2 as commonly thought. This facility also houses the support and security team, but not the maintenance...

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May 28, 2018 - Air and Space Museum, Ellsworth AFB, Travel Badlands, Interior City

On the move again. We started our day by going to the Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Ellsworth Base is the home of the B-1 “Lancer” Bomber. We did not know that until after we got to the FamCamp, the first day. We were there about 1 hour with the first one took off, a very BIG noise. At the museum we saw a closeup of the B-1. We also saw a Minuteman II Missile and a B-52 “Stratofortress”. We drove about an hour to the Badlands National Park, which will be our home for the next 3 days. On the way to the Badlands Park we...

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Jul 9, 2017 - On to the Badlands

Well the Cody Rodeo was really fun. The animals fared better than the cowboys! Even had a calf chase for the kids. I bet there were 50 -75 kids in the arena and they let a bunch of calves loose and the kids had to run one down and get the tag to win a prize. Really funny. Had bull riding, bronc riding roping etc. A real show and they do it every night during the summer! The next day we headed out of Cody to the Badlands. We were on the Greybull highway which was noted as a scenic byway. Well that was an understatement! What a glorious road....

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Sep 27, 2016 - Badlands National Park, SD - Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

(Ron Writing) This morning we drove a little farther west on I-90 to the new Minuteman Missile National Historic Site just off I-90 about 70 mi. east of Rapid City, SD. We first toured the new visitor center which had very nice displays about the cold war and the missile defense systems deployed during that era, some of which are still being used. The displays really brought back memories of those years during our youth when tensions were very high between the US and USSR. In many ways it probably shaped our views of the world in ways that...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Badlands National Park

2016-09-19 Badlands National Park Leaving Blue Mounds State Park on Saturday, we traveled to the Missouri River and stayed in Oacoma, SD at the Cedar Shores RV Resort. On the way, we stopped at the Cabelas in Mitchell, South Dakota and if we pass this way again, we will stop at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. was nice to have a full hook up for a change so, we did wash, lots of cleaning etc. before walking along the Missouri River. The river is very wide and powerful and the resort has a marina that is sheltered from the river currents and...

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Aug 25, 2016 - Against the wind...The Badlands

Best laid plans and all that…we left Missouri (yaay!) and planned to go about 250 miles to north of Omaha. The weather was beautiful, traffic light and we were well rested, so we went about 450 miles to Sioux Falls SD! 450 miles may not seem like much, but when manhandling an RV, they recommend (or most travelers) go about 300 miles a day. Thankfully since I drove about 120 miles, we really didn’t get too tired. Except for the last 30 miles…WIND! WIND! WIND! 25mph with higher gusts, but we were determined to get to South Dakota. The wind...

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