July 18th, 2013. I couldn't go back to sleep the first time I woke up, and that's pretty unusual for me. But, the Badlands were just a few hours away, and I really couldn't wait to get there. I grabbed a shower and made myself a makeshift breakfast sandwich from the breakfast room, and headed out to I-80.
My first stop was actually just about a half mile outside of the Badlands entrance, at the sod house called the Prairie Homestead.
|Built in 1909 by Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown via the Homestead Act|
|Hard to remember than South Dakota was barely inhabited in 1910.|
|Black and white seems to capture the essence of the time period for me|
|They used Sears and Roebuck catalogs for TP!|
|Farming implements on the homestead|
|Prairie dogs were everywhere, chirping warnings and their holes making walking a bit hazardous!|
|Chicken coop, in sod to protect from predators|
|Well that has almost run dry at this point|
|Old car in the barn|
|Chickens and all sorts of random things in the barn|
|End of the Window Trail.|
|Someone lost a hat here. It was kind of windy....|
|Back to the Yellow Mounds|
Strangely enough, I'd been seeing a ton of Corvettes -- of all vintages -- on I-80 during my trip, and the further west into South Dakota I drove, the more I saw, all heading the same direction I was. When I stopped for a late lunch in Spearfish, it became clear -- they were convening in Spearfish for a convention! And at the bar where I went to get lunch, it turned out that the bartender was originally from Newport News, VA. She even knew exactly where ACU-4 (where the Virginia Autocross Championships are being held) was.
After lunch, I grabbed a sixpack of a local IPA (11th Hour IPA) and hightailed it towards Bozeman, Montana, to try to catch a late dinner with James from NASIOC again.
|James says there are always cool cars on the streets in Bozeman. We also saw a Viper RT/10.|
|It was almost frigid on Friday morning, leaving Butte. I still took the car through a car wash to remove the bug bra.|
|Outside St. Regis, western Montana|
|Lookout Pass on the Idaho/Montana border|
|Columbia River gorge|
|Wild Horses Monument at the Gorge|
|Karl Bender says there was nothing here six years ago and has the photos to prove it.|
|Two WRXs, one Mustang.|
Next up : the ProSolo