On Monday we left Denver in the late afternoon, and headed north up I-25, spending the night in Wellington, Colorado. We awoke on Tuesday to beautiful weather and a pleasant drive through eastern Wyoming, and decided to drive as far as Deadwood, South Dakota. It was when we neared the South Dakota border that the landscape changed from pleasant to spectacular. Wide open fields gave way to pine trees and rock formations, and literally minutes after we crossed the border we started to see animals. First we were greeted by this curious cow standing right by the side of the road,
We spent the night just outside of Deadwood, which is an old western gambling town, boasting many inns, restaurants and casinos in original historic town buildings.
On our way out of town this morning, we took a drive through beautiful Spearfish Canyon, enjoying one last look at the Black Hills. We noticed a sign stating that scenes from the movie "Dances With Wolves" were filmed in this area.
We began to see billboards for a place called Wall Drug. A lot of billboards. For miles. So of course, we decided to check it out, even though we didn't expect much. We were thoroughly delighted with our stop in Wall, which is just outside of the Badlands. Wall Drug was established in 1931, basically in the middle of nowhere. By putting signs out on the road (that was then the old Route 16A), the owners were able to draw hungry and thirsty travelers into their store. They became successful, and continue to use that same advertising technique to this day. They still sell coffee in the cafe for 5 cents a cup, too. We had some! And one of the best fresh chocolate glazed donuts I've ever tasted.
Since we crossed into the Central Time Zone tonight, so it's now 1 am! Time to say good night and sweet dreams to all.