On my way out of Des Moines, IA I stopped at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library as recommended by Patrick. I arrived when the visitor center opened, and drive around town a bit, and walk the grounds as well as visit President Hoover’s boyhood home. President Hoover assumed the presidency in 1928 in a landslide. His administration led the USA during the Great Depression, so of course he was a one term president. What I did not realize was the extensive mining engineering career he had in the USA and overseas prior to going into politics. After his engineering career he then became a Philanthropist and started a non-profit that led the feeding of Europe after the first world war.
I continued the drive to Springfield, IL through flat farmlands of the Midwest passing many smaller towns along the way. I arrived in Springfield, IL and the State Fair Grounds where I would camp for the next few nights. I set up and went out for a drive exploring downtown Springfield, and the parks and sites nearby. The next morning, I got up leisurely and took it slow. After lunch I went over to the Lincoln Historic Site visitor center and signed up for the tour of the Lincoln home in the National Historic Site. Family friends who live in Minier, IL drove down and met me for the tour. After the tour we hung out and talked then went to dinner at Thai Basil.
I left Custer, SD early and arrived at the Badlands National Park Visitor Center by opening at 8am. This was the 17th National Park. I was finding myself national parked out. The Landscape was unique, layers of sedimentary rock with vibrant colors layered over time, although beautiful, it was starting to look like just a pile of rocks. I stopped at some of the overlooks, but focused on getting out to the western entrance and the Sage Creek Extension to find the wildlife; Prairie Dogs, Elk and Bison in the distance. When I exited the park I drove into Wall, SD to see what all the signs for Wall Drug were about. Wall Drug as it is known today was purchased in 1931. Wall was in the middle nowhere just like today, so they struggled to make a go of it, until 1936 when they had a marketing idea to get people to stop in Wall, SD for free Ice water. This got people to stop and of course once they stopped, they bought something. To this day they still provide free ice water.
Once I finished in the park, I drove to Sioux Falls for the night. It was the first time I tried an overnight at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant parking lot. The reviews were accurate; after the businesses in the area closed it was quiet, and several other RVers arrived so I was not alone. I felt safe, but not sure I would make a habit of this type of camping. It was ok in a pinch.
In the morning I found a wonderful breakfast location in downtown Sioux Falls, SD; Joshua Coffee House. It had a delish menu, free WIFI, and was not busy early.
Lesley F Katz, CPA, is the founder and owner of Leveraging Financial Knowledge, LLC. This Blog demonstrates how I am living "My Richer LIfe". I believe that money only enables choices and enriches the life we choose to lead. I choose to get outside my comfort zone, explore, and experience what this world has to offer. What does "Your Richer Life" looks like? " We get one life, live it well, there are no do overs." - Nelson J Katz.