WARNING: LOTS of pictures!
Today we started out in search of America's Mailbox to set up an account and become South Dakota residents. As we were going over the paperwork we found out the vehicle registrations were going to be a lot higher than we were paying in Florida. Like four times higher for the 5th wheel and about the same for the truck. We only pay $34 a year to register the 5th wheel in Florida and here it's $156!! Rod emailed our insurance company (since we don't have cell service) to find out what our savings would be for our insurance here. It may not be worth it to change our residency. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
We had planned on taking care of drivers licenses and vehicle licenses and registering to vote today but that wasn't going to happen until we hear back from the insurance company. Sooooo, what to do for the rest of the day? We decided to check out the visitor's center and see what kind of car trips we could do since it was only 60 degrees. They suggested the Badlands and Wall.
We entered the Badlands from the south on Highway 44 and drove through the Buffalo Gap Grasslands before entering the park. There was LOTS of road construction going on and we had to follow a pilot car for about 15 miles. It was extremely dusty and bumpy.
The Badlands are really awesome! The landscape is amazing! The spires are slowly being washed away every time it rains though. Geologists predict in 500,000 years the Badlands will be gone. So, you better hurry and get here to see it. LOL Also part of the Badlands is the grass prairies. The wildlife there includes Black Footed Ferrets, Swift Fox, Bison, Rattlesnakes, Coyotes, Bobcats, Bighorn Sheep, Porcupines and Prairie Dogs. The only thing we saw were the prairie dogs. They were so cute. They were just as interested in us as we were with them. We also saw lots of Turkey Vultures. Seems like we see those just about everywhere we go.
Prairie Dogs and Turkey Vulture
This sign would have been appropriate if we had been towing
Wall is a city north of the Badlands that sits right on Interstate 90 and is famous for its drug store that offers free ice water. The drug store has been in existence since 1930 and people used to drive right by to wherever they were going so to get people to stop in they started offering the free water. It worked. Now, it's a mall with other shops but they still have the soda fountain and homemade ice cream, although it was closed by the time we got there at 6:30. Interesting place.
Giant Jackelope in the back of the store
I saw this sign on one of the walls and really loved what it said
On the way home we stopped at a Subway and picked up a $5 footlong to split. Not sure yet what we're going to do tomorrow but there's so much to do in this area we won't even be able to scratch the surface.