Travelogue – May 18, 2014

Beginning an amazing trip, we picked up a brand new RV at the Winnebago factory in Forest City, Iowa and set out to drive it to Anchorage, Alaska. We had been planning this trip for a year and now it was time to embark. This Minnie Winnie would be our 25-foot home on the road for nearly three weeks. Across the first several states with ferocious crosswinds we were definitely glad it was not any bigger!

From Forest City we headed west and slightly south so that we could make a stop to visit my daughter in Vermillion, South Dakota. This is “Giants in the Earth” country – those of you who have read the book will understand. When we got there, she cooked a nice dinner, we stocked up the RV with groceries and spent the night.

At Darlene's  Vermillion, South Dakota

Since our “bucket list” includes visiting all the U.S. National Parks, one of our targets was Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. As we have visited the ones in South Dakota, we decided to make a beeline across the state and then turn north. We found a lovely state park outside of Sturgis -Bear Butte State Park – so we chose a campsite, which of course entailed driving through the entire campground to make sure we got the “perfect” one, or at least one that was nearly perfect.

Bear Butte State Park  Bear Butte State Park

After dinner, Mother Nature treated us to a magnificent sunset with colors blazing and changing. I do have to admit that west wasn’t exactly where I thought it was but Tom thinks I am directionally challenged at times anyway so no worries. This was only the beginning of the thousand plus photos I took on the trip.

Bear Butte Sunset        Bear Butte Sunset2

Bear Butte Sunset3





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