I’ve been home now for two days. My cat “Chef” and I got reacquainted and all is well. The trip back from Richmond where I left off Carol and Bill was quiet time and I thought about our adventure. We agreed that it was the trip of a lifetime, all our expectations were met and exceeded, we loved and admired nature and we have one beautiful and varied country.
My son, Matt, had given a summary of his vacation and I wanted to be left with the same awe. We had many jaw dropping views, sunsets, welcoming family visits, delicious seafood and conversations with people from all over the world.
Thank you Carol and Bill for asking me to join you, I love you.

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The wedding day

This morning, the Rodney, Spector family were together for the wedding of Phil and Kelly. Along this journey you met, Jon and Kathy, Eric, Stan and Bea, and Steve and Gwen. They opened their homes along our country journey. We are here to celebrate with them. Carol and Bill cleaned up very nicely for this event. Tomorrow morning we pack up and head back to VA.

Winding Down

Today Cousin Steven took us on a walk to UMM (Univ of Minnesota at Morris) campus. We toured the buildings and walked to the experimental gardens. B&C and Steve went to the agro farm for a tour and I slept. Dinner with Phil ((the groom) and Gwen’s mom Adair. I’ll post family pictures tomorrow and that should be it until we get on the road Sunday.

The campus has fabulous gardens which are maintained by students.

Wall Drug store, Bandlands, Corn Palace of South Dakota

Following the AAA books advice and those of our friends..thank you… we drove out of Custer and headed East to the $.05 coffee and free ice water in The Wall drug store, in Wall, S.D. Fascinating place, lots of bikers and wonderful native art. The badlands trail took us on over 20 miles of Nature’s Glory. Arriving in Mitchell, the corn Palace was undergoing a $6million renovation. The miles of flat lands to get to Cousin Steve and Gwen’s home were filled with corn, wheat and soy fields. Sad to say the pictures are not 3D but they will make you smile.