It was a long and exhausting day. It was also filled with lots of discovery and exploration. Shortly after leaving Rapid City, we left the Interstate and took a back entrance to Badlands National Park. There was a big storm that passed though over night with residual rain this morning.
Nonetheless the scenery was spectacular. The road was only 39 miles long but we made numerous stops for photos as each scene seemed more beautiful than the last.
Reluctantly, we were back on the interstate for the long drive to Sioux Falls. After checking in to our hotel and a brief rest, we decided to explore Sioux Falls, a city of 150,000 people.
We discovered a charmingly gentrified downtown, a vibrant public art scene and a wonderful public friendly urban park. We finished the day with a couple of local beers, shared a wedge salad with blue cheese, bacon and chopped tomatoes and topped it off with a thin crust pizza with olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, fontina, and bits of spinach. It was awesome.
Our total driving miles, including today and yesterday, was 570 miles. But we are now getting excited to get to our destination and start our next adventure at our family lake house. One and a half days!!