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You’re Entering Wall Drug Country!

Wall Drug Country

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MONDAY 7/16: Wall Drug Country

After the lull across North Dakota on Sunday, we’re excited to see the signs welcoming us to Wall Drug country. And, the signs touting FREE ICE WATER  and 5 cent Coffee! Already, South Dakota is showing itself to be a happening place, comparatively speaking. Seriously, though I am excited to be here. I’ve planned this vacation for hours. I’ve scoured a few websites and even downloaded the Black Hills/Badlands app. Yes, there’s an app for that.

Monday morning we grab some breakfast at the Frontier Cabinssuper swanky Frontier Cabins Dining Room/Gift Shop/Fireworks stand. Seriously, this place is truly a hidden gem. We were given a cabin upgrade on check-in because the cabin size we wanted wasn’t available for two nights. We had agreed to switch cabins after the first night, but they didn’t want to inconvenience us and just upgraded our accommodations. And the kicker? You get a FREE BAG OF ICE for every day you stay! SD, you’re creeping right on up in my book.  No, we didn’t stay in a teepee, although they’re available for $50/night. The cabin was clean, homey and perfect after a long two days on the road.Frontier Cabins

After breakfast, it’s back in the car to see the natural beauty of South Dakota. There is plenty to see all within just an hour or so drive from Wall. We head East (or is it West, South?) from Wall for the Badlands. A few minutes later we’re greeted by this:

Beware Rattlesnakes

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Fantastic. They’re warning the rattlesnakes to Beware! This is my kind of place. The Badlands showcase some of the most eerily beautiful scenery I’ve experienced. My oldest is in heaven climbing all the rock formations. My youngest is bewaring the rattlesnakes and the crevices that could swallow him whole and pretty much anything else that may cause instantaneous death.

Badlands Jumper

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This area deserves much more time than what we are able to spend. The scorching heat combined with the king’s anti-outdoors sentiments make for a relatively quick stop. I really think I could spend an entire day,  if my skin wouldn’t melt off my bones. I’d love to dig around in those nooks and crannies and see what treasures Old West marauders may have stashed. There were marauders here, right?

So back in the car it is, with the A/C blasting and Custer State Park in our sights.

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Well, Help Me Jesus!

“This was the worst idea ever.” ~~ Me, Yard Sale Day 3

At about 12:20 on Friday afternoon, I remembered why I choose Goodwill over Yard Sales. Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention that THE Yard Sale started at 12:00.  The weekend was successful in that I managed to make some extra cash for the upcoming vacation. It was also successful in reminding me that air conditioning is a miracle straight from God. There’s no way a mere mortal came up with this idea on his own.

Temperatures hovered right around the 102 degree mark all weekend. Apparently this was high enough to disintegrate the majority of those little old ladies that scavenge through yard sales like buzzards circling a carcass. The “big rush” happened at about 11:40 Friday morning. By rush, I mean a crowd of about 8 people.  I was rushing to haul stuff out. They were rushing to grab it out of my hands and fondle it for a second and through it on the table. That was all fine since I made the bulk of my earnings in that first “rush”. People go loco for Power Wheels and Longaberger baskets around here.

For the next two and a half days, I waited. “Is that a car?” Nope. “Oh, look! They’re stopping!.” Nope, just window shopping from the comfort of their air-conditioned vehicle. I played this game all weekend. There were a few diehards that straggled in and actually found some junk treasure. I love those people. They’ve helped pay for our vacation.

Yard Sale Jesus

“Well, Help me Jesus!”~~Disgruntled Bargain Hunter

You know who I don’t love? The lady that called upon Jesus when I wouldn’t come down to $2 for $11 worth of stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I can cut a bargain. But I’m not an idiot. From this point it was all downhill. I’m not a complainer, so I won’t. I called it quits 3 hours into the day on Sunday. NOT ONE customer today. I’m not in to self-torture, so THE Yard Sale came to a successful, yet uneventful end. Go ahead and mark your calendars and be on the lookout for Kirkland Yard Sale 2019!

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