Sunday, June 1, 2014

Westward Ho! (Day Three)

by Pa Rock
Wagon Master

We left the Kansas City area bright and early this morning and managed to put in nearly four hundred miles on the trail heading north.  Tonight we are camped on the outskirts of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at a place called the Red Rock Inn.   The poor oxen are literally worn out!

The primary highlight of today's travels was the weather.  We were caught in a torrential downpour just after crossing the South Dakota state line and had to pull over and put the flashers on for about ten minutes.  Then, as we neared Sioux Falls, the weather got dicey again and we pulled off the road to camp at the first motel we came to.

What?  You didn't know oxen came equipped with flashers?  They're mounted on the yokes.

Lunch was at a Culver's in Sioux City, Iowa - and it was good!  Thanks, Uncle Tim, for introducing us to Culver's!

We did manage to pass historical markers for the Lewis and Clark Trail at least twice today, and signs for South Dakota's primary tourist attraction, Wall Drug, have also begun to appear with increasing frequency.

Another highlight was a brief stop at the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.  Boone was impressed with the campus, though it is actually quite small by university standards, and the Music Museum was very impressive.   One instrument, a cello from the 1500's , is the oldest violin-type instrument in existence.  The curator said it was valued at $19 million!  They also had another ancient fiddle worth a respectable $5 million!  And there were piano's, guitars, horns, drums, and even harmonicas!  (If you plan your vacation around the National Music Museum, just remember that admission is free on Fridays!)

Tomorrow we will take a left out of Sioux Falls and head west on Interstate 90.  Lots to see along that route as we cross South Dakota from east to west.

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