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Day 8: Keystone, SD - Sioux Falls, SD

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Saturday 9/9 RAIN!!! The first day the weather turns bad. On the road again, we drive back to Rapid City and go on 90 east. The fog is so thick that we decided to skip the Bad Lands. We drove pretty much all day with less exciting weather towards Sioux Falls. As we approached Chamberlain it got brighter and we stopped by the Missouri river before we crossed him. This was a long ride. Boring? Not at all - it is so different. It also helped us a bid more to understand the mental and social discrepancies between the Native Americans and the Euro Americans who took over the land. We arrived late afternoon and found a very nice and very contemporary restaurant - some you won't expect in South Dakota. Excellent Pizza.

Day 7: Buffalo, WY - Keystone, SD

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Friday 9/8 We get up early and leave for our next target: Mount Rushmore near Rapid City, SD. We continue I-90. The land get’s flatter, yet more green. We called I-90 rabbit death road. If we would have counted it would probably be 100 dead rabbits on the road. That was depressing. The rolling hills went on and on and we saw more and more farms right and left of the Interstate. We arrived in Keystone and Mount Rushmore at lunch time. Even so the picture is so well known – it is impressive to see it in reality. Since every hotel offers Internet access we decided to stay here in Keystone in the Mount Rushmore President’s View resort. A relaxing lunch break allowed us to watch tourists leaving and entering their respective busses from New York, Chicago and California. We used this afternoon for updating the blog, uploading photos, do some laundry and relax. It’s our first week now on the road. 1,809 miles so far, about 600 pictures taken and the second time we have Internet. We saw so

Day 6: Cody - Buffalo, WY

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Thursday 9/7 Our original plan was to get up early, drive to Buffalo, WY and relax for the rest of the day. But after we heard about the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, we had to go there. And we spend the whole morning. This museum is good for a 3 day tour. Extremely well done, it shows the history of W.F. Cody aka Buffalo Bill, Indian History, literally thousands of guns (over 2,800), Art and other things from the area. This is a ‘must see – can’t skip’ if you are in the area. Overwhelmed with impressions we left towards Buffalo. A ride through ever alternating mountains and deserts. Wyoming gas is less expensive then in California or Nevada, except Buffalo. You have to buy gas before you get there – it is 50 cents more expensive than Sheridan 20 mile s away. We decided to stop over in … about 10 miles outside Buffalo. Johnny … a Vietnam Veteran is running the place – a beautiful secluded lodge right at a creek with a little fish pond. After a great dinner we went to our cabin, turne

Day 5: Yellowsone - Cody, WY

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Wednesday 9/6 We started the morning with a quick trip to Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. It is really a grand canyon. It’s a bid hazy so that the photos won’t be really good – but we carry the pictures in our heart. From here we start the tour going north towards Mammoth and its terrace springs. The geysers make it like we are on another planet. It looks like ice, salt, copper and many other ingredients out of a chemical kitchen. Some of the many little ponds are dried out but it still looks very impressive. We continue towards Old Faithful, pass by many other geyser spots with incredible colors and end this day tour through Yellowstone at the West Thumb, the place we were too lazy to stop yesterday. We liked those geysers most. They were very approachable, so clear and deep it was just amazing. Since we couldn’t stay another night in the park, we had to proceed – actually as planned – to Cody, the next town after the east entrance of the park. We called the Mayer’s Inn, that we will

Day 4: Jackson, WY - Yellow Stone

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Tuesday 9/5 In the morning we have a continental Breakfast with great cake at the Jackson Inn and leave for the Great Teton Park. How ever we do a nice little detour about 5 miles after Jackson straight into the tundra north of Jackson - now we really appreciate the 4 wheeler. From far we saw a large herd of buffalos and following a trace we come closer and closer. We keep a distance of about 1/2 mile and shot down the engine. There is nothing but the wind, the smell of the herd and about 50 buffalos that ignore us. The wind comes west so they won't smell us - but we surely smell them. We just sit on the roof of the Jeep and watch them. This is so wonderful, our greatest experience so far. We return to the road and go further north towards Teton Lake. The Tetons are so majestic and impressive because they come strait out of the ground and raise to their full size with no other mountain or even hill in between. We follow the lake, have a break at the lake and continue to Yello

Day 3: American Falls - Jackson, WY

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Monday 9/4 We left the Giesbrechts with the feeling like we are leaving some of our relatives. After a great breakfast with superb waffles we went back onto I-86 east. The 3rd gas station on our tour was in Idaho Falls. Gas is getting a bid less expensive than in California. We continued to pass potato fields and seed producers. And I have to say we heard often people belittling Idaho and their potato farmers, but being here it feels more like a professional breed of people who developed very sophisticated methods of optimizing irrigation, seeding, growing and harvesting in every possible way. In Idaho Falls we pass by high tech tractor dealers and many seed and produce manufacturer who probably looked very different just 10 years ago. After turning onto HWY 26 we pass by many corn fields which are looking like gold – isn’t California the Golden State? The further east we come the more mountain we see and the greener it gets. More and more trees and higher up into the mountains. Qui

Day 2: Winnemucca - American Falls

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Sunday 9/3 We got up pretty early and decided to have Breakfast at the Griddle in Winnemucca. What a lovely place – HIGHLY recommended. We set outside at the patio and welcomed our second day on the trip. Not only that the breakfast was excellent this place was as clean as it can get. Now back onto I-80 north/east towards American Falls, our next stop over. We continued to see deserts and gambling halls in an interesting exchange. It was simply astounding to see how those towns develop. Yesterday at Sparks we thought there are more than 1,000 new homes under development. Today pretty much every village looks like in huge growth mode. What a difference compared to Idaho. We did a short stop right after Rogerson, ID at the Deep Creek. It was lovely, almost romantic. We drove further towards Twin Falls where we missed the exit to I-86 east – VERY fortunately. After a detour and a shortcut right before Hansen (on our way back to HWY 50) we had to cross the Snake River at a gorgeous canyo