I flew into South Dakota yesterday to meet up with my guys. They finished their epic trek up Granite Peak, Montana and drove six hours to pick me up in Rapid City, SD.I didn’t realize how flat the land is out here. It is beautiful! As far as the eye can see are fields of corn and grass swaying. (That’s Superman waayyy out there.)
It started as pharmacy in Wall, SD, but the proprietors weren’t getting much business, until the wife decided to offer free drinks of water to travelers. Well, whoa and behold, this place has grown, but not changed very much.
Everyone chose their favorite items…a snake mug, pink unicorn picture done in 3D and homemade donuts. (Pssst…a little secret…if you decide to close your eyes when momma is taking your picture, momma will fix it.)
When you first pull over you don’t necessarily see anything. We got out of the car and started walking down the path when we heard the barking. Taking a closer look, these little rodents would peek out of their holes and maybe even stand up. Many of them would allow us to get close, which just thrilled me.
As we moved on down the road, it continued to rain. Let that stop us? No way! Next stop, was Bear Country Park, which is a pretty cool drive-through animal park. There are elk, reindeer, cougars, big horn sheep and of course….Bears.
The BEST part of this park is Babyland. After the baby cubs are weaned from their mothers around 3 or 4 months of age, the cubs are put in this special area to protect them from adult males, who could kill them.