While making way from Nebraska, the duo of Dave and NOT got a bit sidetracked from going north to South Dakota. Something was calling them, as if by a force outside this world to swing back into Wyoming, almost against their will. Taking them to Devil's Tower, Wyoming.
Once there, they just realized that it was no driving force, it was just the way the Highway took them.
There were no more servings of Mashed Potatoes for the rest of the trip.
That taken care of, however, let the pair head on their original track - to the land of big stone carvings. Being a fan of movies about floating stone heads* it was natural for them to want to see the mother of all stone heads- Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills, and Chief Crazy Horse in Custer.
|NOT contemplates what Rushmore would look like with just one more head on it|
|And then contemplates what it would be like to be rendered on horseback. Chief Crazy Beak... hmmm.|
But all this thinking just found NOT making an ass out of himself.
Or was that NOT had to work on his Taco Bell speak when he asks for a BurrITo?
Well the east coast along Route 95 has billboards for miles enticing you to South of the Border (yes, south of the NORTH CAROLINA border - do you see the parallel to our story here?). Well the Midwest has the great lure of Wall Drugs in Wall SD. After all, they are children of the media culture and when the advertising says to come on in, what are a pair to do? So they succumbed for a visit and were underwhelmed. Ah the joys of media culture.
There was no corn seen in Nebraska, but there sure was a corny theme to the infamous Corn Palace in Mitchell that NOT kept "ear"ing about. So they decided to pop in and stalk the place out.
And what visit to South Dakota would be complete without a visit to Pierre (pronounced "peer")? Unfortunately, as seen in the photo, the natives are not well versed in the difference between the Capitol building and the state capital. Maybe we'll just use lower case letters instead. Oh well.
Now it's time to Center themselves and head North
WesTrek '99 Travels
North America Travel
Photos (and some puns) courtesy of David Backman
Prepared Fall 1999. Last updated June 2006