Today's journey took us from Des Moines, Iowa to Kadoka, South Dakota via I80, 680, I29 and I90. We passed by Kadoka, went through Wall, South Dakota and took a loop around Badlands National Park. We normally do that in the early morning but tomorrow we make a run from Kadoka to Bozeman, Montana where we are expected for dinner. We had breakfast at a Cracker Barrel this morning and I went shopping at their discount rack. I picked up a couple of great shirts for my daughter for Christmas.
Badlands National Park. No matter how often we drive through this park, we are always amazed. That Mother Nature, she's an awesome old broad. We were ecstatic to see a pair of Big Horn sheep twins. And it's always fun to see the prairie dogs although this year there was a big sign that said "Prairie Dogs Have Plague" so I guess that means you don't want to pet them or take them home.
We are currently holed up at America's Best Value Inn (formerly Super 8) in Kadoka. It isn't fancy and it isn't really expensive but the beds are comfy, the water is hard, the internet is fast and the air conditioning is superb. There's no coffee pot or elevator to the second floor. Luckily we travel with a Mr. Coffee and three bags of Cracker Barrel coffee, so we're good. B-
UPDATE: Dinner at the Happy Chef. $38.00 for two bacon cheeseburgers, one coke, one ice tea, a hot fudge sundae made with chocolate syrup and a strawberry shortcake. The burger had a nice flavor but was very dry, needing drinks to wash it down. Not many restaurant choices in Kadoka which is (you've heard it before but this is really true) in the very middle of nowhere.