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Poll Results: When you go on vacation, where do you eat?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 50% of voters (2)
    Eat all of your meals in restaurants
  • 25% of voters (1)
    Have picnics
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Utilize the grill at your hotel
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Go to the local Farmer's Markets
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Get prepared foods in delis/markets
  • 50% of voters (2)
    Other (You can elaborate on the thread)
4 Total Votes  
post #31 of 43
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On to Sundance, no, not the town that you’re thinking of but Sundance Wyoming.

Why did we go there you may ask? Because once again,

that was the closest town with a hotel to Devils Tower National Momument.

outside of Sundance Wyoming 400 Devils Tower National Monument Devils Tower National Momument

It’s kinda of out in the middle of, well, nothing and nowhere, but once you spot America’s first National Monument, it’ll take your breath away.

We spent a good part of the day at the park, hiking around the base of the igneous intrusion, that’s what it’s called, I thought it was a granite tower.

We tried to have a picnic lunch, but the bees were everywhere and very aggressive, so we dined in the car.

@ Aro Restaurant in Sundance Wyoming, Yam fries with Yam Butter @ Aro Restaurant in Sundance Wyoming, chocolate-peanut butter pie with a meringue topping

Trying to find dinner in a very small town can be a challenge, but I had done my homework.

Aro Restaurant, very unassuming and homey. Each of us ordered a burger with sweet potato fries (they called them yam fries) that came with ‘yam butter’.

When our waitress came back to check on us, I had to ask, what is yam butter. She gave me the basic recipe, combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and butterscotch sauce.  I know it sounds crazy, right? but it works!  She also told me that she spreads it on her morning toast, mmm!

Dessert was one of the daily special pies, chocolate and peanut butter with a meringue topping, very good, perfect crust.

post #32 of 43

That pie , i could go for one now <_<

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post #33 of 43
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that pie was delish!  when they said that it had a meringue topping, I thought they got mixed up with a different pie, but that was one good pie

post #34 of 43

Did you go see the prairie dogs at Devil's Tower? I remember a pullout on the road in to the tower that was right next to a prairie dog town. 

 

Did you see any people climbing the tower? There were a few groups making the ascent you could see with binoculars.

 

Or alien visitations? (Obligatory Close Encounters of the Third Kind reference)

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post #35 of 43
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never seen such FAT Prairie dogs before  SO many Prairie dog towns at Devils Tower National Park

I had never seen so many Prairie dog town before!  Well, being from Hawaii,

I had NEVER seen a Prairie dog in my life prior to this trip... and fat, boy howdy!

We saw this idiot couple feeding them potato chips!  That is a criminal offense in the

National Parks, this is animal cruelty.  They will stop natural foraging and become

extremely aggressive, sad.  This one guy was attacking the others if they

came up to our car, begging for food, wagging their cute little tails.

Rock climbers at Devils Tower National Park... are you nuts?

There were LOADS of rock climbers on the day that we visited

Devils Tower National Monument.  As we walked up from the parking lot,

we could hear people calling out from somewhere... then we looked up...

OH MY GAWD!!  Are you nuts!

It was a bit errie as we drove towards this huge butte sticking out of the Earth,

I got a chill up my spin standing in the middle of nothing, looking at this enormous rock!

post #36 of 43
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Deadwood South Dakota, Main Street Deadwood South Dakota, Main Street

 

On our way out of Sundance Wyoming we went through Deadwood South Dakota, interesting place for a morning visit.

On to the main event: Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

I know that I’ve ‘said’ WOW! quite a few times already in sharing our Great Western Adventure with everyone, but WOW! 

Welcome to Keystone South Dakota 400 Mount Rushmore Naitonal Park, just outside of Keystone South Dakota

Mount Rushmore Naitonal Park, just outside of Keystone South Dakota Mount Rushmore Naitonal Park, just outside of Keystone South Dakota

 

This was a place we both had been waiting all of our lives to see…

So let’s not wasting any more time dilly-dallying around.

We didn’t bother with our hotel until later that afternoon.  We stayed at the park for the majority of the day, got a quick bite in the cafeteria and then found a good spot to watch the Evening Lighting Ceremony.  I didn’t get a photo of our most excellent chili that we shared, it was too COLD!

The next day we had breakfast in our hotel, which was once again the usual “continental-plus” fare and then back to the park for the day.  Surprisingly, there is a lot to see and do.  We had decided that we would end our day early and have dinner at the Powder House Restaurant.  You wouldn’t know that this is a restaurant, it looks like a log cabin, but man, great food.  In my research prior to leaving on this trek, I found that Powder House specializes in local grass fed beef, bison and game.

Wild Game Kebabs, venison, bison and elk @ Powder House Restaurant @ Powder House Restaurant, DH ordered the Prime Rib with double veg, no starch

 

 

@ Powder House Restaurant, I ordered the special, Pheasant with a nice chunky apples and double veg please @ Powder House Restaurant, we shared a Chocolat mousse for dessert

 

My husband and I shared an appetizer of game kebabs-venison, bison and elk, wonderful.  My supper was the special game of the day, pheasant with a fresh apple relish if you will and steamed veggies.  My DH ordered the Prime Rib and the steamed veg as well. 

It seems that we had just enough room leftover to share a chocolate mousse.  WOW!

We found a small grocery store in the next town over and replenished our supplies the next day and spent one more day at Mount Rushmore. 

We just sat, in silence, looking up at the four faces that helped to forge America.

Wow, just WOW!

post #37 of 43

Now you have to watch North by Northwest and wonder how that house would have ever been on top of Mt. Rushmore. The terrain just doesn't work at all. 

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post #38 of 43

It really hurts me to say , that i spent 12 years ( from when i was 3 - 15 ) in the U.S. and never got to see mount rushmore. 

Its probably one of those things ill have to put on the bucket list. 


Edited by KaiqueKuisine - 11/19/13 at 7:08pm

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post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by KaiqueKuisine View Post
 

... ill have to put on the bucket list.

 

Don't wait too long, time will spill through your fingers faster than you'll ever know.

Prior to our retirement, that day couldn't come fast enough.

Now that we are retired, it seems as though the days are going past us at lightening speed, WAY too fast.

post #40 of 43
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Now you have to watch North by Northwest and wonder how that house would have ever been on top of Mt. Rushmore. The terrain just doesn't work at all.

I've never seen that movie, but you're right... that's what I was thinking, looking up at that mountain, how did they get up there?

post #41 of 43

Now that you've made that drive, you haven't mentioned all the oil wells stretching on and on across the plains. 

 

They weren't pretty but it stuck out to me in that big emptiness across Eastern Wyoming. Oil well after oil well.

 

Did you go up to Little Big Horn and/or the Badlands from there? I was at the Black Hills/Rushmore in '93 for a family reunion. But I went to Little Big Horn (and Rushmore) for the first time as a child back in 1970. 

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post #42 of 43
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Now that you've made that drive, you haven't mentioned all the oil wells stretching on and on across the plains.

 

They weren't pretty but it stuck out to me in that big emptiness across Eastern Wyoming. Oil well after oil well.

 

Did you go up to Little Big Horn and/or the Badlands from there? I was at the Black Hills/Rushmore in '93 for a family reunion. But I went to Little Big Horn (and Rushmore) for the first time as a child back in 1970.

Oh my gosh, the oil wells, as a kid driving through Cali we use to call the drinking ducks, like those toys, that's what they looked like... SO many of them all through our journey!

The vastness of all of the West is what drew my husbnad and I here many years ago.  Wyoming is the LEAST populated state in the Union, loved it!

And out Little Big Horn adventure was a few posts back...

Badlands is coming up ... stay tuned folks!

post #43 of 43
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It’s eight o’clock in the morning and we’re already headed out on the road before us. 

We wanted to get a good head start to the day as we made our way towards the Badlands National Park

400 oh my gosh, Big Horn Sheep, right THERE! 

 

 

the colors of the Badlands were amazing picnic lunch yet again

 

A~MAZ~ING!

I found it fascinating all the different colors of the rock formations. 

We stopped at one of the overlooks, walked up to the rail and here’s these two Big Horn Sheep, MAN! 

And the Prairie Dogs here too, I’ve never seen so many in one place, and fat! 

We had a picnic lunch at the Visitor’s Center and then motored on to…

Wall South Dakota @ Wall Drug Wall Drug, the Ice Water Sore, in Wall South Dakota can you beleive this menu?

there really is a drug store! in Wall South Dakota we found the well!

 

Wall South Dakota

What, you’ve never heard of Wall Drug and the free ice water store? 

It was a blast, I didn’t know that it was so big.  We decided on a snack after walking and shopping.

look at that PIE! @ Wall Drug in Wall South Dakota I love Blueberry Pie @ Wall Drug in Wall South Dakota Donuts @ Wall Drug in Wall South Dakota, YUM!

our afternoon snack @ Wall Drug in Wall South Dakota the best donut @ Wall Drug in Wall South Dakota

 

Their donuts were outstanding, so were the pies, we tried our slice ala mode along with some free ice water, that’s what they’re known for.

WHAT?! @ our hotel in Wall South Dakota

 

We found our hotel, not that difficult, Wall South Dakota is not very big. 

We only stayed one night, so we made supper of a simple salad,

in our room and it was to bed early, so that we would be fresh for our last stop, Durango.

But that stop we've already talked about...

Happy Trails and ALOHA!

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