Rushmore, burgers, and Badlands part 2

Miles driven: 326
Pages read: 329

I woke up this morning feeling like I was being cooked in an oven but it turns out that was just my tent. As soon as I got out, it was a pleasant 60 degrees.

We made good time this morning and arrived at an important stop. Noah was sleeping and I had planned to wake him up as soon as we got there, but just as I turned to do so he opened his eyes and saw this view:

I couldn’t stop myself from taking a photo every step closer we got.

I also told Noah that I thought this would be the last photo he had to be in for the trip:

Noah tried to block my view of the gift shop but he was unsuccessful so he retreated to the car while I made a quick peek. I was glad I did because inside there was a guy who worked on Mount Rushmore from 1938-1940. At $12, a signed copy of his book was a great souvenir, plus it was cool to just talk with him.

I didn’t have my GPS going when we left Mount Rushmore so I just went back the way we came. I was a little frustrated with myself for backtracking until we got back to the town we had passed through and had lunch. Those burgers were definitely worth a little backtracking. Mine had cream cheese and a fried egg because why not? Noah chose the Double D, which basically just means a normal bacon burger on steroids. He ranked it in his top ten of best burgers ever so we were both happy with our lunch.

Tonight is our last night camping and we are spending it a free, very remote campsite in the South Dakota Badlands. For the first time of the road trip, Noah scared me to death with his driving. When we hit 65 mph on the old gravel, curvy farming road, all I could do was hang on for dear life.

Supposedly bison wander through the campground all the time so we are looking forward to that. We also have some other neighbors:

Hopefully all that chattering will not continue through the night.

About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.
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