Tuesday, on the way to Hill City, we stopped at Wall Drug. A Cheezy Americano Tourist Trap. Still fun to see and drink the infamous Free Glass of Ice Water, or 4. The place is Huge! So very glad we didn’t have young children with us. 😉
We spent yesterday touring around Hill City. Our first stop was the Crazy Horse Monument. What an amazing undertaking and what a tribute to the Native American culture. In addition to the monument there is plenty of history on display and they have a nice restaurant where I was able to get gluten free pasta with fresh veggies (would have been better as a ragú but I didn’t have to prepare it 😋). We also beat the bus tours but they all had the buffet and we tend not to do them because we don’t eat enough to justify the price. Richard had a taco on Indian fried flatbread and it was huge.
The price to enter the monument is $10/person and it all goes to the park. This is not federally funded and a good thing because with the cuts in the National Prks funding it is unlikely this would ever be finished. Not that there isn’t a chance it won’t be finished in my lifetime either but it at least has a chance.
We then drove through Custer State Park, Black Hills National Forest and Mt Rushmore National Park. Narrow two lane road with a lot of twisting and turning. Speed limit was 35 and 15 on most of the turns. No real passing areas but there were pull-offs but three of the cars in front of us had obviously never driven before. They never reached 25 mph and you could walk the curves faster. Richard’s comment at one point was, “I can only go so slow!” The car is a standard transmission. So he found areas to pass the three and the 4th one we encountered used the pull-off. The parks are beautiful and everything was so green.
We made the obligatory stop at Mt Rushmore but have to say it wasn’t as awe inspiring as Crazy Horse. To give you some perspective Mt Rushmore would fit into the area that is Crazy Horse’s hair!!
We attempted to enjoy a local brew at Firehouse Brewing Co. In Rapid City after seeing all the billboards along I-90 (each one has an old fire truck parked alongside the billboard). Unfortunately, their service sucks and after 5 minutes waiting for the bartender to take our order, only 2 other people at the bar and he had just served them, we left. Walked down to the Dublin Square Pub and had a couple in there and the bartender was great! Will be reviewing both on Yelp.
Lots of rain last night and there are flash flood warnings out but haven’t ventured out yet this morning so don’t know the extent of it or if Hill City was affected. Doing a bit of laundry…man I hate this machine…hopefully it’s finished soon so we can get to Deadwood for lunch.