Oh my…turns out there is a South Dakota Part III

I think I do a pretty good job of keeping my photos organized in folders that note the date taken and where I was…when you are dealing with thousands of photos per trip that sometimes gets messed up.  When my son’s dog passed away 2.5 yrs ago he wanted me to find a few particular photos of her for him…I thought I knew where they were but could not find them…I searched every folder I have and there are thousands of digital photos going back through the 70’s.  I finally found what I was looking for but it took a few days.  Well, it didn’t take as long to find these but my external hard drive has a lot of dates all messed up and I tripped across these when I was getting ready to move on to Wyoming.  So…this will perhaps finish up the South Dakota portion of the trip.  🙂  

On the way out of Rapid City on the way to Buffalo, WY I went through Deadwood, SD…are you aware of Deadwood fame, why it is notorious?  Gold rushes, Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, gun fights & gambling!  I’m not sure why I don’t give myself more time in these cool towns.  I was not aware until later of the Adams Museum but I would have loved to have checked that out! Instead I did a quick drive through town before heading west…my bad! There was nothing about Deadwood on the I-90 Road Trip guide but I did discover it on Roadtrippers…another resource I use for trips though I don’t use it often because I sometimes find it difficult to use.  If you want to check it out click this link… 

A quick thought before moving on…do you like chocolate?  I am not a fan because of what it does to my stomach but I will occasionally indulge.  There is a place in Deadwood called the Chubby Chipmunk…GO THERE!  🙂  It is funny and tasty at the same time. Of course the fact it is October may have contributed to some of the decorations but I have a feeling they are like this all the time.  And of course, Mr PH enjoyed the visit too. 

Now it is time to hit the road toward Buffalo, WY…beautiful countryside and I think you will agree.  See the motorcycles?  I would so love to be the driver of one of those bad boys!  I have been a passenger on a motorcycle since I was 15 yrs old…to operate one of those appears to be a piece of cake and I could see so much more country on one of those! 

On the way to Buffalo, WY I drove through Custer State Park and the Needles Highway.  I was very  much looking forward to seeing the Needles Highway from what I had seen on the rGPS app.  I wasn’t quite sure for some time if I was actually on the Needles Highway (it runs through Custer State Park) but once I saw a spire or two I knew I was in the right place! You stop and get a sticker that is displayed on your windshield when you enter (I don’t remember the cost but I think it was $20 and it is good for 7 days)…that sticker is still on my windshield!  I can not get it off but it is a reminder of a great memory.     

 One more stop on the way to Wyoming was the Buffalo Corral in Custer. If you want to see Bison and you didn’t happen upon one on the road (yes, literally on the road) this is the place to go! I got there right after the round up and there were a lot of bison including babies, quite a few of them roaming free. Oh yeah…there were donkeys there too!  

 It has been a long and amazing day…I think I am on a nature high from all I have seen through the day.  As amazing as it has been I am looking forward to checking into my hotel and getting a bite of dinner so new adventures can begin tomorrow.  My stop for the night is at the Hampton Inn and my fine dinner is at the Bozeman Trail Steakhouse. Note to the post…the girl in the plaid shirt….I took her picture because she is my sister’s doppelganger!  I thought they could be twins. 

Thank you for coming along on my journey!  Tomorrow is a new state and new adventures so be sure to come back for the ride! 

          “Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” — Paulo Coelho

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