Thursday September 27
27.09.2012 - 27.09.2012
We took a look at Falls Park in Sioux Falls. Very nice falls with lots of red rock, some of it water worn and rounded, and some of it chunked off at right angles.
We drove almost all the way across South Dakota in a straight line from Sioux Falls to Rapid City. It had been feeling less and less urbanized over the days, but now we were really in a low population density area. There were no buildings to be seen most of the time. Lots of billboards, but no buildings.
In South Dakota the speed limit is 75mph. Very grateful for that.
Up until the Missouri river we saw corn fields and sunflower fields mixed in with with cow pastures, but after crossing the Missouri it was all cow country.
Then we drove through the Badlands and that was a completely different place.
We stayed the night in Rapid City. There's a wonderful illustrated children's book called Dinotopia (highly recommended, even for people who aren't children) that features many wonderful places including a city in the middle of a river right above a waterfall. There's rushing water everywhere around and through the city, with rapids on every side and a great waterfall below. We seem to remember it was called Rapid City.
Well folks, Rapid City South Dakota doesn't look like that. It looks more like a place to park as many hotels and motels as possible for people going to Mount Rushmore. Not a rapid in sight (though admittedly we didn't look very hard).