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.