We are currently in Wall, South Dakota--the entrance to the Badlands National Park. It's been a good day, despite the 536 miles that we drove. I've been reading Same Kind of Different as Me for we-the grown-ups. We have also played some eye-spy, "I-start-a-story-and-we-go-in-rounds-til-its-finished," and lots of nursery-rhyme type songs that Jeremiah still attempts to sing harmony with :) I guess I should also update you on the fact that we broke the DVD barrier last night. So they watched one movie yesterday and two today--still not bad all things considered. I stand amazed at how good the girls have been. I can only think to thank prayer. I know it's not them!
I hope this doesn't sound ugly, but if you are from Iowa or South Dakota WHAT IN THE WORLD DO YOU DO FOR FUN??!! All we saw were corn fields. I mean really, very very few small towns and corn fields. It was fun the first day, but by today I pretty much had corn fields down and was ready for a little change.
South Dakotians crack me up with their advertising schemes. If you thought Sikes and Kohns had a lot of advertising signs, you should see the ones for the "1880's town" "Ghost Town" and "WALL DRUGSTORE" in South Dakota. We got taken in at first:
We soon learned, however, that a whole lot more is spent on advertising than the actual attraction. This one was basically a slightly glorified gas station, with some Buffalo in a pen out back.
At this very moment I am extremely happy. The weather here is to die for. A cool breeze in a cloudless sky with a sunset that seems to never end. I don't know if it's because of how big the horizons are, or if the northern mid-west is just blessed with never-ending sunsets, but it seems to stay twilight here for around four hours.
I found some mini-log-cabins for us to stay in for a really good price. I can't begin to tell you what a $20 difference in price has made in the quality of our hotel stay. Last night was MISERABLE (and disgusting). I won't go into too much detail because Jeremiah will say I sound like a brat, but the hotel did not have air conditioning, there were un-identifiable stains on our bathroom wall, and even Jeremiah admitted that he had a hard time sleeping on his pillow with the odor it was emitting. OK?! I will note that I kept my disgust to myself since Pace and Mary Aplin were still enthralled by it all. Pace actually said, "Mommy, look at these beautiful roses on the bed spread! Aren't they just lovely?" I mean, you hate to spoil that kind of innocence. Even though she was slightly distraught when I threw the comforter off our bed using two fingers that barely touched. I told her I was just hot (which was true).
Right now the girls are playing on a log-cabinesque play fort with slides galore, while Jeremiah and I eat Ben and Jerry's straight out of the carton in this never-ending sunset and breeze. I've decided I love road trips :)
Tomorrow we plan to hike around the Badlands and see Mount Rushmore. We may even watch a movie in our CLEAN bed tonight.