7/18/96 - T+17 - Bad Lands
Today was a very busy day with a lot of adventures. I guess the best way will be to let
the pictures do the talking.
It was another hot one here today so I
started off with my out door activities. The first stop was to the bad lands. The picture
doesn't even begin to display the grandeur of this site. The panoramic view was
The next stop was to a homestead of one of the
prairie settlers. Their homes were build our of sod scraped from the plains and stacked up
like bricks. The floor is dirt and the roof is thatched grass. I don't think I would want
to live like this.
No that it's heating up, I headed back
into town. Hey Timmer, can I borrow the Vet? There was a Corvette run through the Black
Hills this weekend and they were forming up in Wall. There were over 500 Corvettes in
town. Every where you looked there was a Corvette. This shot is one of the streets that
the police blocked off and turned into a staging ground for all the cars. Quite an
As just another example that a knight's
work is never over. When we returned to the center of town, we discovered this
particularly nasty dragon that was causing immense problems for the towns folk. Sancho and
I quickly mounted up and made quick work of dispatching this nasty creature!
In the center of town is the world famous
Wall Drug Store. This store began as a simple small town drug store and through great
advertising has turned into a world class tourist trap. All kinds of neat shops inside.
Fortunately I escaped without spending any money.
With the heat of the day over, it was 95
degrees today, I headed over to Mount Rushmore. Few sights immediately identify America as
From Mount Rushmore it was over to the
second major stone carving project in the Black Hill, the Crazy Horse Monument. This is a
monument being build with private funds to commemorate the heroes of the American Indian.
In the fore ground you see a small scale statue of the monument and in the back ground you
see the work in progress. If you look closely you can see the face almost completed. It
has taken almost 50 years to gather the funds and carve the mountain to this point. The
face is scheduled to be complete in 1998. From there they are still seeking funds to
continue the project.
It only seemed fitting to mount up and begin the journey to the site of Crazy Horse's
greatest victory, Little Big Horn, where he defeated Custer's 7th Cavalry. This is a long
haul across part of Wyoming and into Montana. While existing the west side of the Black
Hills I ran across a stranded motorist who's van was on fire. Fortunately I was able to
use my 2 meter radio to contact a ham who called the fire department. It felt good to be
able to use my licensee to help someone else.
From the scene of this tragedy I almost immediately ran across a scene of beauty to
soften the impact. As I drove down Route 16, I ran across a young deer crossing the road.
I pulled over the watched it as it wondered off into the woods. What a wonderful reminder
that there is always beauty around us if we only stop to see it.
I'm bedded down in Buffalo WY for the night and will be finishing my trek in the
morning. I don't know what is around Buffalo but hotels here are expensive. There must be
some tourist things around here. I had to negotiate with the motel to get the rate down to
$42. When you arrive at 1:00 in the morning and the motel has empty rooms, the leverage is
in your favor.
That's all for now, I'll see you tomorrow.