August 27, 2007

From an Undisclosed Location

We'll be officially entering Yellowstone Park this afternoon, after over 1,000 miles of insanity provoking driving.

There's A LOT of empty America out there. Like, pretty much all of South Dakota, most of Wyoming and, from what I can tell, quite a bit of Montana. But, South Dakota? Definitely the most boring of the lot so far. I'm pretty sure the #1 export of South Dakota is round hay bales. With #2 being billboards about Reptile Gardens.

The Badlands = Awe inspiring. Mt. Rushmore = incredible. The Black Hills = Where the hell did THEY come from; six straight hours of nothing, followed by THOSE? Crazy.

Lots of pictures taken, which I'll try to upload upon our return.

Oh, and it's amazing how little you care about, well, ANYTHING, when you're on vacation. Alberto who? Meh. I have a mega-volcano crater to tour and marvel at.

Posted by Ryan at August 27, 2007 10:53 AM | TrackBack

Hey! Don't be bagging on South Dakota. I grew up right in the middle of all that "nothing."

On the other hand, I *did* leave.

Okay, go ahead. Bag on 'em. But not too much. My Mom is out there.

Posted by: Keith at August 27, 2007 02:56 PM

It's kind of like Iowa; the best thing coming out of there is I-35.

Posted by: Autumn at August 28, 2007 12:26 PM

Montana may be empty on the surface but I've been in some pretty amazing caves there.

Nebraska is one enormous cornfield from all I could tell.

Posted by: Erik at August 29, 2007 12:10 AM

There are many places in South Dakota that are memorable. But once you see them there's no cause to go back. Nothing really changes. As for the Iowa jab, I'm from Iowa...and you're right. of course, I still get pumped when the Hawkeyes beat the Gophers at anything.

Posted by: dailytri at August 29, 2007 09:16 AM

One of my favorite "what the hell was that?" drives is US 97 north of Bend, Oregon. You're driving along through these gently rolling plains when the road curves a bit and suddenly you're on a bridge over a canyon. Then the canyon is gone and you're back to gently rolling plains. You literally can't see the canyon until you're all but on top of it.

Posted by: B. Durbin at September 3, 2007 08:44 PM
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