Road Trip Home from Idaho – Day 3: Glendive, MT thru Enchanted Highway, Mt. Rushmore to Oacoma, SD

South Dakota Badlands South Dakota Badlands in northern South Dakota as seen from SD Hwy 79[/caption] April 1, 2013:  We started the month of April off with a non-foolish bang as we got up fairly early to hit the road towards home, with a detour through North and South Dakota. This is the route we took on this leg of the trip:

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We first took a brief zip around Glendive to catch some of the sights… [caption id="attachment_3033" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Giant Dinosaur Sign in Glendive, Montana Giant Dinosaur Sign in Glendive, Montana next to the museum[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3032" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Mural at the Glendive Museum Mural at the Glendive Museum[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3008" align="aligncenter" width="199"]There were signs like these in various parts of Glendive There were signs like these in various parts of Glendive[/caption] Glendive, Montana is surrounded by badlands and there have been many finds of dinosaur bones and tracks in the area, thus the signs, museum, etc.  We went to Makoshika State Park, which is a nice badlands area.  In fact, Makoshika is a Lakota word for “land of bad spirits.” [caption id="attachment_3009" align="aligncenter" width="300"]A peak in Makoshika State Park in Glendive, Montana A peak in Makoshika State Park in Glendive, Montana[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3010" align="aligncenter" width="199"]Badlands in Makoshika State Park Badlands in Makoshika State Park[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3011" align="aligncenter" width="300"]More badlands More badlands in Makoshika State Park[/caption] From Glendive we headed east on I-94 towards North Dakota with a brief stop to get the sign for “Home on the Range”, an unusual sign in the middle of the prairie in North Dakota, east of Beach, ND.  It turns out that Home on the Range is a working Catholic-run ranch for boys and girls ages 12-19, especially those that were abused or come from broken families. It helps them readjust and cope.  Appears to be a great program. [caption id="attachment_3012" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Home on the Range sign in North Dakota Home on the Range sign in North Dakota[/caption] We continued east until we got to Exit 72, which leads to the Enchanted Highway, one of those AWESOME adventure highways with some unique roadside attractions.  I recently did a full blog post just on this highway.  Therefore, I will only post a couple of photos here. Please see the blog post for the details on that portion of this trip. [caption id="attachment_2411" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The Enchanted Highway in Western North Dakota The Enchanted Highway in Western North Dakota[/caption] The main attractions are shown below. [caption id="attachment_2427" align="aligncenter" width="300"]"Geese in Flight" - Stop #1 on Enchanted Highway. Off of I-94, Exit 72 “Geese in Flight” – Stop #1 on Enchanted Highway. Off of I-94, Exit 72[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2371" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Enchanted Highway Stop #2 - 'Deer Crossing" Enchanted Highway Stop #2 – ‘Deer Crossing”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2375" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Giant Grasshopper at Stop #3, "Grasshoppers in the Field" Enchanted Highway Stop #3, “Grasshoppers in the Field”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2432" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Fisherman's Dream Enchanted Highway Stop #4 – “Fisherman’s Dream”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2434" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Enchanted Highway Stop #5 - Pheasants on the Prairie Enchanted Highway Stop #5 – Pheasants on the Prairie[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2407" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Enchanted Highway Stop #6 - Teddy Rides Again Enchanted Highway Stop #6 – Teddy Rides Again[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2459" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Enchanted Highway Stop #7 - Tin Family Enchanted Highway Stop #7 – Tin Family[/caption] After the trip down the Enchanted Highway, we arrived in the small town of Regent, home of the Enchanted Highway museum and gift shop, the Enchanted Castle Hotel and a couple of gas stations.  We had hoped to eat lunch there, but nothing was open.  And it was a Monday….oh well… [caption id="attachment_2461" align="aligncenter" width="300"]End of the Road - Enchanted Castle Hotel in Regent, ND End of the Road – Enchanted Castle Hotel in Regent, ND…includes a drawbridge![/caption] Still hungry, we decided to move on and head south towards Mt. Rushmore.  We went west on ND Hwy 21 until we got to Hwy 22 and then went south towards South Dakota.  We stayed on Hwy 22 until we got to South Dakota. [caption id="attachment_3019" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Welcome to South Dakota Welcome to South Dakota[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3016" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Scene from ND Hwy 22 Scene from ND Hwy 22 heading south[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3021" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Badlands in Northern South Dakota off of HWY 79 Badlands in Northern South Dakota off of HWY 79 – also see the photo at the top of this post[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3017" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Typical Landscape in North and South Dakota Typical Landscape in North and South Dakota[/caption] We then followed SD Hwy 79 all the way into Newell, South Dakota, which is known as the Sheep Capital of the United States. We meandered into T.J.’s Cafe and Waterin’ Hole in Newell for lunch.  It was almost 3 PM so we were quite hungry.  This unique diner was what we needed. I loved some of the furnishings, as you can see below. [caption id="attachment_3038" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Livestock Sign - Newell, SD Livestock Sign – Newell, SD[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3035" align="aligncenter" width="300"]J J's Cafe in Newell, SD T J’s Cafe in Newell, SD[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3037" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Bar Stools (or should I say saddles) at TJ's Cafe in Newell, SD Bar Stools (or should I say saddles) at TJ’s Cafe in Newell, SD[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3036" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Wall Decoration at TJ's Cafe in Newell, SD Wall Decoration at TJ’s Cafe in Newell, SD[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3034" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Sign at the door of TJ's Cafe in Newell, SD. Bear in mind this is sheep country. Sign at the door of TJ’s Cafe in Newell, SD. Bear in mind this is sheep country.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3007" align="aligncenter" width="300"]TJ's Cafe Lunch - a Reuben Sandwich and Sweet Potato Fries TJ’s Cafe Lunch – a Reuben Sandwich and Sweet Potato Fries[/caption] After a nice lunch and some homemade pie for dessert, we were back on the road heading towards Mount Rushmore.  On the way we passed through Sturgis, SD, famed for its annual motorcycle event in August.  I had never been here.  We passed right by the Full Throttle Saloon, claimed to be the World’s Largest Biker Bar and also famed for its TV Show on TRU-TV, which, but the way, I have never watched. [caption id="attachment_3024" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, SD Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, SD[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3023" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Giant scrap metal chopper and rider at Full Throttle Saloon. Giant scrap metal chopper and rider at Full Throttle Saloon[/caption] Lighting was not good for this shot, so see this photo for a better one (not my photography). [caption id="attachment_3040" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Giant Muffler Man turned cowboy at Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, SD Giant Muffler Man turned cowboy at Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, SD[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3025" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sturgis T-Shirt Shop Sturgis T-Shirt Shop[/caption] From Sturgis we booked it down to Keystone and to Mt. Rushmore. [caption id="attachment_3031" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Welcome to Keystone, SD Welcome to Keystone, SD[/caption] We pulled through Keystone, SD at about 5:10 PM on our way to Mt. Rushmore.  As this was the off season, almost everything was closed.  We made it to the National Monument after closing time but still with daylight.  We were able to get up into the parking lot for free and got some good photos before the sunset. [caption id="attachment_3028" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Mt. Rushmore Mt. Rushmore – April 1, 2013[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3029" align="aligncenter" width="199"]Profile shot of George Washington Profile shot of George Washington[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3041" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Julianne and David at Mt. Rushmore, April 1, 2013 - no joke! Julianne and David at Mt. Rushmore, April 1, 2013 – no joke![/caption] We were thrilled to be able to see Mt. Rushmore.  BY the time we were done it was getting dark.  We headed east from there, passed by the Badlands National Park, by Underwood, South Dakota, home of the World’s SMALLEST Biker Bar, and by Wall Drug (which I have visited in the past – see my post from 2005).  We also passed by the big dinosaur skeleton being led by a human skeleton near Pioneer Village and could barely make it out as it had gotten dark. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Walking the Pet Dino near Exit 170 (Pioneer Village) on I-90. It is on the north of the freeway. I took this in 2005.[/caption] We finally got into Oacoma, SD, our stop for the night.  It was another long day, but was lots of fun!! Nothing like a full day of road tripping and seeing the sights and creating the memories!!

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