A Mazda Miata convertible is a very small car. With my purse, my camera, my knitting, and a kleenex box on the floor of my side of the car, there was only one place I could put my feet, and then I couldn’t even squirm when I was uncomfortable. Driving highway 90 through Wyoming and South Dakota includes many hundred miles of road that look almost the same – flat, hot prairie.
Day 4 of this trip from Berkeley to Minnesota took us from Cody, Wyoming, to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. We drove through some beautiful mountains in Wyoming, and stopped to visit Devils Tower, a striking rock formation in eastern Wyoming, a favorite place for rock climbers. Nearby was a colony of prairie dogs.
It was dark when we arrived at Mount Rushmore, so we began day 5 visiting the four U.S. presidents carved in the mountains. For a couple of days we had been seeing signs advertising Wall Drug, so we stopped there for lunch somewhere in the middle of South Dakota. During the hot afternoon, we drove through the South Dakota Badlands, with its fascinating rock formations. After we left the Badlands, we put the car top back up, and turned on the air conditioning. Aaaahh, how nice to have air conditioning.
Sometime after dark we crossed into Minnesota, finally arriving in St. Peter at 10:30 p.m. My flight back home left the next morning at 9:00, so I have not pictures of Minnesota, even though I drove 5 days to get there.
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