So we drove north and into Deadwood. Just south of d-wood is an attraction I wanted to check out called President’s Park. Scattered over a couple acres in the black hills are all 43 presidents heads standing 20ft tall. The drive to this place was very silent. Jill was mad at me cuz I wouldn’t let her by new boots. She was over it by the time we reached Presidents Park though. Turns out they are closed for the season. Frustrated with the days happenings so far, I decided to skip today and deadwood and just headed west towards Devils Tower in Wyoming. We got to America’s first national monument a little after lunch. Another rock formation? Yes folks, that’s right we are visiting yet another rock. Seems like most of our stops on the western leg of this trip are rock formations. Can you blame us though? The West has some cool ass rocks! We hiked around the tower through the ponderosa pines. It was quiet and beautiful. Jillian was back to her usual chipper self, running around and climbing on logs.
See what I’m talking about? This is the kinda stuff she was doing. “take a picture of me”
We didn’t know where to go from there. We were starving so we pigged out on snacks we had in the van. So lunch ended up being beef jerky, goldfish, and fruit roll ups. We drove further west through Wyoming’s nothingness and found a place where there was life, parked and contemplated our next move. Tomorrow we are going Yellowstone. We are just on the cusp of them closing down 80% of park’s roads for the season. It could and will happen any day now. As for today they are open, fingers crossed we’ll check the website tomorrow. This town we were in was 5 hours from Yellowstone. A little too long of a drive. So, we pulled out the iPad and found another town in Wyoming with a Walmart (we have to get back to our sleeping in Walmart parking lot roots in order to save money) It was extremely hard to find considering that no one lives in Wyoming, but we found one 3 hours from Yellowstone. Already tired of driving I shrugged my shoulders and pushed on through. I expected another couple hours of driving through the blank canvas of Wyoming but I was in for a surprise. Halfway across the state we could see the Rockies in the distance and getting closer, the tunes we had on were relaxing and hypnotic, the drab grassy fields became interesting grassy hills and valleys, the sun was on that downward almost sunset angle that makes everything look so cool, creeks ran through the valleys lined with yellow leaved trees, The clouds were doing really interesting things, everything just came together. The drive went from torture to bliss. I zoned out and enjoyed the road. Beautiful! Good shit! We are right outside of the Rockies now in Sheridan, WY close to the Montana Border. Lets hope the weather continues to be in our favor, we wanna see Yellowstone and the Tetons.
Of course, this is what Jillian did while I drove
Next Stop: Yellowstone