Sunday, July 26, 2009

Heading Home

I packed my equipment last night in anticipation for an early morning departure, and I packed as slow as possible. I can't wait to get back to Utah to be with family and friends, but I will be leaving family and friends in SD as well. Time went by much to quickly, as it always does when visiting. I did not get to see everyone that were acquaintances during my younger years, but it was expected given the limited time of my visit. Perhaps next time I will have more time to rustle up the remainder.

We made our final comments, took a few photos, and then I departed at 07:30 and started my way west. I remember how long it took to get to Watertown, and my trip back home should be equally as long, but I hope not as hot as it was coming out during my WY travels. Here are a few pictures I took today as I made my way west.

It has always been reported that pheasants in SD were much larger than in the rest of the world, and this photo is confirmation. Not sure what the farm animal is, but you are welcome to make a guess.

The Roadside Chapel is actually on the SD map. If my memory is
correct, it is located just before you get to Henry SD on highway 212. I almost didn't stop to take the picture, but realized that I would regret not doing so, so I turned around and went back to take a picture.

I made my way west into Pierre, the capital of SD for the night. I located my tent approximately 200 meters from the west bank of the Missouri River. The camp ground is very large and has accommodations that include showers and electrical hookups. I was hoping for more neighbors to converse with, but the weekend is over and the homesteaders have moved to greener pastures.

Tomorrow I plan on leaving early in the morning to beat the heat of the day. I plan on making it to Devils Tower WY and anticipate the trip to take 6-7 hours to complete. I just hope the temperature remains low. Will keep you posted on my travels.



  1. Glad you are making your way back; people here are missing you. But it is great to hear that you have been enjoying yourself.

    I am exciting for your trip to Devil's Tower! Lucky. Be sure to stop somewhere and get yourself a big plate of mashed taters...after all "This means something." And hopefully you have been brushing up on the solfege scale and corresponding hand signals. In case not, it's Re, Mi, Do, Do,'re going to need to know it in the event that you run into any little green men. Be safe, love you.

  2. Large pheasants and baby rhino’s…I don’t remember seeing this type of wildlife in SD..

  3. Looks like a pheasant and a donkey to me.... a small jack to me. Glad you are enjoying yourself and on the way home.