Page 11 of Carolyn Dave Travel Blog Posts

North America » United States » Wyoming » Cody August 22nd 2007

We left Custer State Park, taking the Needles Scenic Highway Drive again, this time north. We drove up to Lead where we saw an open pit mine in the middle of the town. We drove through Deadwood which has a restored western town main street. Wild Bill Hickok was killed here in a saloon while playing poker. He is buried in Mt Moriah Cemetery. We then went to Sturgis to see where the motorcycles gather for bike week (we were there about a week after it ended) They were having a tractor parade on the main street - lucky us. We had lunch at Knuckles, a really cool biker’s bar. Then we headed for Wyoming. It has some rolling hills and we saw a couple of oil drilling machines and an open pit coal mine. It ... read more
One Lane Tunnel
Open Pit Mine in Lead, SD
Tractor Week at Sturgis

We got an early start from our campsite in Custer State Park and headed for the Willife Loop Road - there are over 1600 Buffalo here in the park. The scenery was spectacular and we saw lots of wildlife - but no buffalo. We saw plenty of deer and wild turkeys and burros. We then headed for the Crazy Horse Monument. We spent several hours exploring the museum's artifacts and pictures. We then drove through the Needles Scenic Highway. What a truly awesome experience. The road has spires climbing up the sides of the road and the one land tunnels are very interesting. We decided to go back and try to find the buffalos and we encountered them blocking the highway. The herd had about 80-90 bison in it. Two motorcycles approached the Bison and as ... read more
Wild Turkeys
Wild Burros
Was it something I said?

We had quite a light show during the night. The lightning lit up the night sky from all directions most of the night. The thunder was only severe for a short period and it rained periodically - enough to get every thing soaked including our sleeping bag. Our campsite there was very scenic. We drove through the west end of the Badlands National Park and saw some wildlife inclusing two buffalos. We stopped at several very scenic overlooks and each one was very picturesque. We went to Wall, SD but did not go into Wall's Drug. We did laundry, ate lunch and grocery shopping. Approaching Mt Rushmore there was a lot of hazy smoke in the air. We later learned the smoke is from the wildfires out in WY, MT and ID - just where we ... read more
Bad Boy in Bad Lands
Prairie Dogs
Campsite in Badlands

North America » United States » South Dakota » Badlands August 19th 2007

We started out this morning meeting with an old friend, Troy for breakfast just outside of our campground. We met Megan, his lovely girlfriend. We caught up with the last nine years of his life before saying goodbye and heading on west on 90. We hit periods of rain again today. We saw a lightning bolt hit in one of the cornfields we were passing. It is really flat here. Dave drove another almost 500 miles today, but we finally made it to the Badlands of South Dakota. We were awestruck with the uniqueness of this beautiful land. We camped in the Park and watched a beautiful sunset.... read more
Troy Dave and Megan
Flat South Dakota
Giant Walls

North America » United States » Minnesota » Albert Lea August 18th 2007

We left Paul and Corinne's in the morning after a great visit. We headed north into Wisconsin and then into Minnesota. Dave crossed the Mississippi for the first time ever. It was pretty wide in La Crosse, WI and we saw huge barges on the river. We hit rain before we got to WI and it got real heavy as the day progressed. When we stopped for fuel in MN lightning struck just outside the vehicle and the thunder hit at the same time. The rain stopped for the night when we hit our campsite in Big Island State Park. We had supper and had a campfire and then settled in and watched a movie on the computer. During the night the rain and storms came back. It was cool all day - It never got ... read more
Cold Minnesota

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 17th 2007

We made it to Chicago. We spent the day with our friends, Paul and Corinne in Plainfield - a suburb of Chicago. We had a great day on their boat on the lake, went swimming and had great Talapia fish and tomato bread for supper. There are horse farms, hunting clubs and lots of wildlife, swans and deer here. We had a great visit.... read more
Ruffled Feathers
Dave on Paul's Boat
Campsite - Day 3

North America » United States » Indiana August 16th 2007

We left our campsite at Evangola State Park and drove on Route 90 through NY, PA, OH and into IN. We went through Erie, PA and Clevland and Toledo, OH. We camped at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. We gained an hour today as we moved in Central Time Zone.... read more
Camping in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

North America » United States » New York » Niagara Falls August 15th 2007

We left Raynham, MA this morning and arrived in Niagara Falls this afternoon. It is even more beautiful than I remember from 20 years ago, but Dave was a bit disappointed - he though the falls would be much bigger than they were. We had a great walk around the Falls and Goat Island. We are camped tonight in Brant, NY - right on Lake Erie - It is beautiful. We are out sitting at a campfire, enjoying our first night on the road. ... read more
Leaving Raynham
Horseshoe Falls
Carolyn at Falls

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Raynham August 14th 2007

Looks like our previous entry was lost in Blog Land. But we are all packed and ready to leave tomorrow for our 2-Month Cross-Country Trip. First Stop is Niagara Falls. We hope to hit as many National Parks as we can heading out the northern route and coming home the southern route. If you haven't subscribed to our Blog - you can do so - it's free. You will get an email any time we make a new entry. Bon Voyage... read more

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