July 26, 2010 Leave a comment
If you need to drive along Route 90 through South Dakota, I have the stops for you! To some, this quest from east to west across the Dakotas may seem…boring? dull? Not if you do it right!
The first interesting thing I found while driving through 350 miles of grass is all of the grasshoppers! Seriously, it seems somewhat obvious, but it’s amazing if you ever witness it. The herd of them was so thick, at one point a grasshopper went Dracula on me and latched on my neck. Don’t worry, I fought it off before any real damage was done.
Next, we had to stop at 1880s town. This place is no joke! They actually have a real (mechanical) Kevin Costner who sits out front and waves at you as you enter the gift shop. Why would they have this robotic heartthrob gretting guests? Dances With Wolves was filmed nearby and when you come here, you will feel it in the landscape. Kevin and I had a staredown, and you can clearly see who was in control…
After watching billboards for a store called, “Wall Drug” for hours, we decided to check it out (it was either that or say hello to more grasshoppers). The highlights of this “adventureland” were a monkey that sings and plays the piano and a reindeer/rabbit that you can sit on and ride.
Finally, we reached our destination of Mt. Rushmore! Want a grand view. I couldn’t get over that I was staring at actual Rushmore. I’ve always pictured it in my head, seen clips of it blowin up and crumbling in movies, but when you visit in real life, 4 stone heads can make you feel quite inferior. Theydidn’t explode in an awesome spray of cinders nor did they get blasted with lasers like in the movie Richie Rich, but their stillness was exciting.