Riding, Geocaching and Exploring . . . .

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ladybug, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Ladybug

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    Day 9 Monday 10/1/18 To Wall, SD with lots of touristing along the way.

    With an early start, I arrived in Mitchell, SD before 8:00 am.
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    There wasn't too much time to kill before the Corn Palace would open so I just walked around a bit.

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    It's all about the corn.
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    Time to go in.
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    I didn't know what the corn palace was about outside of it being decorated with corn every year. I discovered it is a venue for events.
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    Yearly pics of the Corn Palace.
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    When I was done inside I wandered around outside a little more.
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    Time to return to the first place that was closed before to see what is there.
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    This place made me feel very uncomfortable.
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    I thought going through this door would be a peaceful place. Normally I am very comfortable in religious type places.
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    Then things started getting uncomfortable again.
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    I spotted an open back door and I left through it as soon as I saw it.
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    Head back to my van I spotted this and I liked the message.
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    On the road to my next destination.
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    More of Day 9 Monday 10/1/18 coming with the section stopping at a car museum . . .
  2. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    I think I was in the Corn Palace when I was a kid but I don't remember anything about it. From one of your previous posts, I've stopped at Wall Drug thinking it was gonna be better than it was. I, probably like so many others feel let down. But ya gotta stop and check it out to make sure. We're a curious bunch us, humans.:D
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  3. Ladybug

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    I'm a sucker for these tourist traps even though I know that's exactly what they are. In 1990 while touring the United States on my bike I was in Florida heading north on the east side of the state. I had a lot of planned stops from research I had done before leaving but I ended up stopping at one I didn't know anything about.

    I was seeing signs on the side of the road, Burma Shave fashion, for a Cypress Park. It was early and I didn't think it would be open but I pulled in anyway and found it was open. There was an older man lounging in a chair. He was very thin, dressed a little shabbily, and had very tanned wrinkled skin. When I saw him I thought he was a part of a display and startled me when he moved. :lol3 He was very nice and invited me to look around. He told me I could go out into the Cypress garden/forest (I don't know what it is called) alone or if I preferred he would be happy to take me on a tour. After he told me there were signs explaining things along the way I told him I would be fine on my own. There were catwalks through the marsh where the trees were growing. Liability today would not allow those types of walks since they weren't people proof. I was fine with them and was careful as I walked around.

    After looking at the trees and reading all the signs I returned to the entrance building. I chatted with the man a bit and took a few pics of him. He happily posed for the pics and was quite the character. As I was getting ready to leave he said: "Let me give you a piece of advice." OK "Always stop at tourist traps along the way, if you pay attention you will always learn something". That advice has stayed with me and I discovered he was correct. No matter how goofy a tourist trap is there is always something that can be learned. The Spam Museum is an example. It was very commercial but I learned a lot not only about the product but also a bit about the wars it was used in and how they supported the war effort.

    I tried to find information about that Cypress Park through google but I was unable to. I found it a number of years ago and found the man had passed away and the park had closed. He owned it. I wasn't surprised about his passing as he appeared pretty old when I was there but he was very sharp, full of energy and personality.

    When you are out there remember to stop at the tourist traps and look for what you can learn from that stop. :clap
  4. LadyFish4

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    Thanks for your stories, Ladybug. I really enjoy reading them and the photos are great. Your pages have been a happy diversion from all the craziness out there. I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates the time you put into posting!
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  5. Ladybug

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    Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate it. :D
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  6. Duanob

    Duanob Been here awhile

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    I think the only reason Wall Drug exists is to sell bumper stickers! :rofl
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  7. Ladybug

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    . . . More of Day 9 Monday 10/1/18 to Wall, SD

    Back on I-90 headed west, it was time to have lunch since I hadn't eaten yet. This looked like it would work.
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    The food was good but huge servings and coffee was only 5 cents. The cup stayed full too. Good service, good food, good service and lots of coffee. I couldn't ask for more. I will remember this place and stop again on one of my trips back to WI on I-90.
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    Another picture for @Bob there were a number of these along the interstate advertising firehouse pizza. This is the only one I was able to get a shot of. The firetrucks were all different models and it seems sad that they are being used as an advertisement but that's better than shoved in the corner of a lot somewhere rusting away.
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    I decided to see what is in Draper, SD
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    Next stop Murdo, SD and Dukes Pioneer Auto Museum
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    So many things to see. Grab your beverage of choice pull up a chair and be prepared to scroll for awhile.
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    I want the orange VW to race in the Mexican 1000. :lol3
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    For @Bob (@LittleWan got me doing this :D)
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    The same year I was born. It must have been a very good year. :lol3
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    Lots of buildings to visit.
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    Now this would be fun.
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    Maybe I need to adopt an orphan
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    There was a litter of kitties running around. I asked about them and found out they will be kept as mousers and welcoming committee.
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    Kittie area
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    Look at the size of that hammer.
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    As you can tell I didn't go into the motorcycle building yet.
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    It's amazing how something so simple, stock turns into a collector's item because it was owned by someone famous.
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    More my style
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    I have a little fairing like this. It was on my '74 CB200
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    These I remember and wondered about why would anyone want one. To each his own.
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    More oil cans.
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    Inside the RV
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  8. Ladybug

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    Snowmobiles
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    More stuff
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    It's over and I was pooped from walking around so much.
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    More to come from this day, it was a long one.
  9. TheAdmiral

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    There's so much (many) vehicles of all types and cool things to see from the past which aren't seen unless you stop in to visit like you. This is awesome!
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  10. bluemtnridr

    bluemtnridr Been here awhile

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    Thanks for taking us along. I really enjoy small town USA.
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    Great pics LB. Still loving your report.
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  12. Bob

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    Nice engine!
  13. Ladybug

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    . . . More of Day 9 Monday 10/1/18 to Wall, SD

    Sometimes I'm surprised at how much I pack into a day. This was one of those days and it wasn't planned that way. On my way to WI I saw signs for the 1880 Town but I drove on by on my way back when I saw the signs I decided to stop. It's a visitor center, gas stop, resturant, and tourist trap. I'm glad I stopped.

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    The building wasn't always at this location and been moved to where it stands now.
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    Imagine drive down a road and seeing that coming at you.
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    Another place with a lot of things to see and history to be read about.
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    Saddles, saddles, and more saddles
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    There were pictures and props from Dances with Wolf displayed.
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    The horse looked so real.
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    In my younger years, I worked in a cedar mill making shingles, shakes, and ridge caps.
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    @Bob no engine in this one.
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  14. Ladybug

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    More of 1880 town

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    After spending a lot more time there than I thought I would it was time to get back on the road.

    Next stop South Dakota Badlands . . .
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    Keep on taking us along.......Stop in Almira some time, as you come in from Spokane there's a small shop with a bunch of neat old rides and stuff...It may have been Hartline, one of those huge cities along the back roads...
    I have pictures somewhere in this computer.........:lurk......
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  16. Ladybug

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    . . . More of Day 9 Monday 10/1/18

    It was almost 5:00 PM when I got to the exit for the Badlands and I decided since there was still some daylight left I would check things out.
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    The Badlands are similar to Death Valley in that people either love it or hate it but not somewhere in the middle. I find it fascinating.
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    It wasn't as light out as it was even 30 minutes before this and I was starting to see a little pink in the sky.
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    I like how rugged and sharp the edges of the hills are.
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    It's looking like it's time to think about heading to town and finding a room.
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    There is pretty all over if you look for it. I thought this was pretty.
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    It was still light enough that I was able to take a little walk before heading to town.
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    It looked like I was going to get to watch the sun go down in the Badlands and have some color too.
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    Looking the other direction.
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    And the party was over.
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    I drove into Wall and found a cheap motel.

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    There is still more of this trip to come. Stay tuned for more of the Badlands, Spokane, SD and some geocaching.
  17. TheAdmiral

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    I wish towns still looked like Wall.
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  18. Ladybug

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    Tuesday 10/2/18 to Rapid City, SD
    While this was another long day I didn't make very many miles. I wanted to spend more time in the Badlands so that's what I did.

    The buffalo were out and about as I was going into the Badlands
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    Snakes are not my favorite critters. Luckily I didn't find any out there.
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    I had been to the Badlands in the late 80s but it was in Aug. and wandering around in the Badlands was miserable even going into them right after daylight. Walking around in the badland in the first part of Oct. was pleasant. I enjoy looking at all the formations.
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    These lines in the ground went for quite a distance.
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    The lines were weird.
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    At first, I thought they were man-made somehow then I decided they are nature caused but I still don't know what caused them.
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    Touring the Badlands was very nice with the clean cool air.

    I'll be back tomorrow with more of Tuesday 10/2/18 to Rapid City, SD to come as I look for some geocaches . . .
  19. BabyBeemer

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    @Ladybug I’ve really enjoyed browsing your RR, it reminded me that I use to GeoCache - so signed up again. Thank you, cheers Deb :)
  20. Ladybug

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    That's cool that you signed up for geocaching again Deb. I hope you enjoy finding what you find. Thanks for following along.