Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The rest of the story and the end

We are about to go home.  Really.  Two weeks on the road and we need to get home.  Lots of people are homesick for their own beds.  This last was like the horse going to the barn. Hang on! 

We did have a little trouble now.  Coming off the last night of camping we got a flat tire on the trailer.  Did any of us know it?  Nope.  Know what happens when you drive on a flat tire?  The rim gets ground down to nothing!  I really should have taken a photo of the rim.  It was sad.  But here is extracted from the picture below.

So we pull into this town and the guys get down and change the tire.  See Zane helping?  Now we really need to find a spare because you do not want to drive home without a spare.  None to be had in White Sulphur Springs, MT.  On to the next stop.

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We pulled into Columbus, MT to get gas and find something to eat.  Found a store that had a rim and a tire.  Whew!  Now we will eat and get back on the road, right?  Wrong.  As we pulled over to the place to eat the camper made a large noise.  Now what.  Well, a spring broke.  Sigh.  And thank goodness we had a spring. But not all the tools.  However, the guys did get it put on.  And we did eat.  The people at the restaurant were so good.  Gave us water and let us sit inside while they worked on it.  Thanks for your hospitality!

After all the delays we knew we could not make it to Mt. Rushmore.  We decided to stay in Sheridan, WY for the night at a KOA.  I mention this because it was probably the loudest place we stayed.  In Estes it was wall to wall trailers but here, it was just loud.  The put us near the playground which was great for the kids.  A bit of a hike to the bathrooms, but hey, at least there were bathrooms and showers.  Next door was a family with kids and Zachary and Zane immediately made friends and played. The family Dad trained dogs for a living and so had a few dogs with them. 

That night we heard the dog whine, bark, make dog sounds outside in his cage and the Dad "BE QUIET!" several times.  But the loudest noises were the trains roaring and sounding the horn and the 18 wheelers roaring and hitting the jake brakes.  Oh man!  You just don't realize how noisy a place can be.  This had a big impact on finding a place to say in later stops, believe me!

So, back to travel.  South Dakota.  Our first stop was Little Big Horn.  And Custer's Last Stand.  I really cannot describe it.  It is kind of one of those places that you just are quiet and think about the lives lost there.  Soldiers and Indians!  Very interesting.  There is also a National Cemetery there.

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And into the Black Hills.  I have to relate a story that was cute to all of us.  When you are driving through the Black Hills towards Mt. Rushmore there are some really interesting rock formations.  As we are driving Ross looked up and saw a set of rocks that looked just like the male anatomy.  He kind of laughed and said "Do you see what that looks like?"  We are all looking, giggling of course, and Zane pipes up "That looks like my peepee!"  Oh my goodness.  We really laughed then.  Took us a bit to calm down.  Sorry, I was not fast enough to get a picture.

And finally, Mt. Rushmore.  If you have never been, there are just not enough words.  It is so awesome.  You need to go.

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Flags of each state are there.

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We took the tour with a ranger.  She was so good.  She asked who was the youngest person in the audience who could name the four presidents.  Zachary piped up and gave them to her!  We were so so proud of him.  And he knew so much more about it.  What a kid!

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Yep, worth the trip, even the second time.

OK, so now to find a place to camp.  Uh huh.  Again, be prepared.  We traveled through Custer State Park looking for camping.  It is quite a trek through there.   First, the bridges and tunnels and views!  Wow.  So cool.  For the tunnels you are supposed to stop and honk before you go through as they are one lane.  The bridges were just neat looking and part of the road.

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The wildlife.  We saw so many deer, antelope, and buffalo.  Also an elk and some donkeys.  And most were either on the road or by the road and had no fear.  The donkeys had a car surrounded.  That was funny!

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The buffalo really had no fear.  In fact, they were just rude!  Stood right in the middle of the road.  And would they budge?  Nope!  We sat for a bit just waiting behind another car to honk or move them some way.  Finally I rolled down my window, leaned out, and yelled "Yeehaw!!  Yawwww yawwww!" several times and off they lumbered.  Guess the farm girl came out. 

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These were not small buffalo.  One was HUGE.  He was as tall as our truck.  He started coming to the truck and that scared me.  We had seen a car in Yellowstone that a buffalo had "rubbed" against.  This was close enough for us.

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Found out late that the camping in Custer was now by reservation only but we did find a great RV place and spent the night.  The next day we headed on back to Denver and Pueblo.  Stayed in a very nice motel and went swimming and relaxed.  Perfect end to a long but satisfying trip.

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Next year?  Who knows.  Suggestions?  I am thinking of going east. 

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makeyesup said...

wonderful photos, thanks for taking me along on your trip. Could do without the tire and camper problems though. Noise, oh well, probably wouldn't like complete quiet either, then the slightest noise would startle me. Thanks for the memories too as I took the trip through South Dakota's wonder last year.

the Provident Woman said...

Wow! That looks like a great vacation.

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The rest of the story and the end

We are about to go home.  Really.  Two weeks on the road and we need to get home.  Lots of people are homesick for their own beds.  This last was like the horse going to the barn. Hang on! 

We did have a little trouble now.  Coming off the last night of camping we got a flat tire on the trailer.  Did any of us know it?  Nope.  Know what happens when you drive on a flat tire?  The rim gets ground down to nothing!  I really should have taken a photo of the rim.  It was sad.  But here is extracted from the picture below.

So we pull into this town and the guys get down and change the tire.  See Zane helping?  Now we really need to find a spare because you do not want to drive home without a spare.  None to be had in White Sulphur Springs, MT.  On to the next stop.

DSC09804 DSC09805

We pulled into Columbus, MT to get gas and find something to eat.  Found a store that had a rim and a tire.  Whew!  Now we will eat and get back on the road, right?  Wrong.  As we pulled over to the place to eat the camper made a large noise.  Now what.  Well, a spring broke.  Sigh.  And thank goodness we had a spring. But not all the tools.  However, the guys did get it put on.  And we did eat.  The people at the restaurant were so good.  Gave us water and let us sit inside while they worked on it.  Thanks for your hospitality!

After all the delays we knew we could not make it to Mt. Rushmore.  We decided to stay in Sheridan, WY for the night at a KOA.  I mention this because it was probably the loudest place we stayed.  In Estes it was wall to wall trailers but here, it was just loud.  The put us near the playground which was great for the kids.  A bit of a hike to the bathrooms, but hey, at least there were bathrooms and showers.  Next door was a family with kids and Zachary and Zane immediately made friends and played. The family Dad trained dogs for a living and so had a few dogs with them. 

That night we heard the dog whine, bark, make dog sounds outside in his cage and the Dad "BE QUIET!" several times.  But the loudest noises were the trains roaring and sounding the horn and the 18 wheelers roaring and hitting the jake brakes.  Oh man!  You just don't realize how noisy a place can be.  This had a big impact on finding a place to say in later stops, believe me!

So, back to travel.  South Dakota.  Our first stop was Little Big Horn.  And Custer's Last Stand.  I really cannot describe it.  It is kind of one of those places that you just are quiet and think about the lives lost there.  Soldiers and Indians!  Very interesting.  There is also a National Cemetery there.

DSC09806  DSC09808

DSC09812 DSC09813 

And into the Black Hills.  I have to relate a story that was cute to all of us.  When you are driving through the Black Hills towards Mt. Rushmore there are some really interesting rock formations.  As we are driving Ross looked up and saw a set of rocks that looked just like the male anatomy.  He kind of laughed and said "Do you see what that looks like?"  We are all looking, giggling of course, and Zane pipes up "That looks like my peepee!"  Oh my goodness.  We really laughed then.  Took us a bit to calm down.  Sorry, I was not fast enough to get a picture.

And finally, Mt. Rushmore.  If you have never been, there are just not enough words.  It is so awesome.  You need to go.

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Flags of each state are there.

DSC09824 DSC09825

We took the tour with a ranger.  She was so good.  She asked who was the youngest person in the audience who could name the four presidents.  Zachary piped up and gave them to her!  We were so so proud of him.  And he knew so much more about it.  What a kid!

DSC09833 DSC09840

DSC09845 DSC09846DSC09842  DSC09844

Yep, worth the trip, even the second time.

OK, so now to find a place to camp.  Uh huh.  Again, be prepared.  We traveled through Custer State Park looking for camping.  It is quite a trek through there.   First, the bridges and tunnels and views!  Wow.  So cool.  For the tunnels you are supposed to stop and honk before you go through as they are one lane.  The bridges were just neat looking and part of the road.

DSC09861DSC09863

DSC09851  DSC09866

The wildlife.  We saw so many deer, antelope, and buffalo.  Also an elk and some donkeys.  And most were either on the road or by the road and had no fear.  The donkeys had a car surrounded.  That was funny!

DSC09870 DSC09871

DSC09872 DSC09875

The buffalo really had no fear.  In fact, they were just rude!  Stood right in the middle of the road.  And would they budge?  Nope!  We sat for a bit just waiting behind another car to honk or move them some way.  Finally I rolled down my window, leaned out, and yelled "Yeehaw!!  Yawwww yawwww!" several times and off they lumbered.  Guess the farm girl came out. 

DSC09876 DSC09877

These were not small buffalo.  One was HUGE.  He was as tall as our truck.  He started coming to the truck and that scared me.  We had seen a car in Yellowstone that a buffalo had "rubbed" against.  This was close enough for us.

DSC09879 DSC09878

Found out late that the camping in Custer was now by reservation only but we did find a great RV place and spent the night.  The next day we headed on back to Denver and Pueblo.  Stayed in a very nice motel and went swimming and relaxed.  Perfect end to a long but satisfying trip.

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DSC09884 

Next year?  Who knows.  Suggestions?  I am thinking of going east. 

2 comments:

makeyesup said...

wonderful photos, thanks for taking me along on your trip. Could do without the tire and camper problems though. Noise, oh well, probably wouldn't like complete quiet either, then the slightest noise would startle me. Thanks for the memories too as I took the trip through South Dakota's wonder last year.

the Provident Woman said...

Wow! That looks like a great vacation.

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