Road Trip, Day Eleven

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[We awoke in Green River . . . which was great because that’s where we went to sleep.]

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[With a voucher from the motel, we drove all of 20 feet to Penny’s Diner to make sure our tanks were as full as the car’s.  As one might expect at such as place, our server was a real character.  😉  ]

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[Everybody’s tanks topped off, we hit the road for South Dakota.]

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[Toodles, Green River!]

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[We tunneled our way out of town.]

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[And then we were in the wide open spaces again.]

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[A household that wants no neighbors.]

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[Miles from nowhere, sightings of water and snow.]

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[The moon.]

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[A rest stop . . . with some historical significance.]

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[Plus, I availed myself of the facilities.]

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[Then back to the moon . . . with occasional clumped water.]

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[Pronghorn!]

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[Signs of civilization.]

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[I feel the earth . . . move . . . under my feet . . . ]

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[Our is 10 times bigger!  😉  ]

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[More pronghorn, the most we have ever seen on a trip.]

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[And our second Sundance!]

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[When asked early on whether we went to Devils Tower, the answer was nope (again, dreaded time constraints).  I was amazed however that you can see at least the top half of the Tower driving by on I-90 and looking north from at least 30 miles away.  I was on the wrong side of the car, and we were going to fast, to get a photo.  However . . . ]

Devils Tower, 11 years ago . . .

It rises over 1,200 feet above the surrounding terrain.  Our neighbor’s, Arnie Lee, daughter Barb has climbed it more than once.  Again, not comprehensible to me!  😉

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[With the Supervisor, same time of year in 2004.]

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[And back to Sundance in the present.]

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[And we’ve made it to SoDak!  🙂  ]

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[In lieu of another visit to Devils Tower, this time we’ll drive through the Black Hills for the first time . . .]

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[And went stompin’ at the Savoy . . . ]

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[Until Deadwood.]

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[A cute little town of some historic import.  Now mostly for gamblers, smokers, and bikers.  I don’t gamble, smoke, or bike . . . gee, what a dull life!  Do chocolate malts count as excitement?]

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[Then on to Sturgis . . . also famous for bikers . . . ]

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[And ultimately to Rapid City where the Super got us this super room for under $90 – for TWO nights.  So, we stayed two.  But first, after a long day on the road, a chicken pot pie as the perfect complement to March Madness!]

All the reasons of man cannot outweigh a single feeling of a woman.  ~  Voltaire

Up next:  Day Twelve.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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