Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Summer Vacation: Days 4 and 5 - The Drive to Mitchell and then Home

Days 4 and 5 were a lot of driving. We left Deadwood first thing in the morning and headed back east on I-90. We stopped in Rapid City at the Target to re-stock on some critical supplies and then continued east.

A few hours later, we stopped in the Badlands to turn in our Jr. Ranger workbooks, get our badges and be sworn in. It was pretty cool, because the Ranger there was a Twins fan.

A few hours after that, we stopped back at the Lewis and Clark center in Chamberlain to get a secret National Park passport stamp that Ranger Katrina at Mt. Rushmore told us about. It was pretty cool to see how Lewis and Clark lived on their trip. We thought they would have appreciated an XC90 too.

Then, a few hours after that, we made it to Mitchell, where we had previously visited the Corn Palace. We didn't do too much other than eat dinner and go on the water slide in our hotel. It was awesome.

Today, we got up and drove home. Mom and Dad had the foresight to stop in Sioux Falls and get Jimmy John's so that we could have a nice picnic lunch at the Wantowan rest area we stopped at on the way out. It was fun and couldn't have come too soon.

Overall, days 4 and 5 looked a lot like this:

Our trip, by the numbers...
  • At least 1,000,000: number of times all three boys went down the water slide at the hotel in Mitchell
  • About 1,900: the number of miles covered
  • 261: pictures and video taken of the trip
  • About 250: the number of new US citizens on the day we visited Mt. Rushmore
  • At least 80: number of Wall Drug signs seen between here and there
  • About 30: number of hours of driving / sitting in the car
  • 6: the number of Jr. Ranger badges earned - 3 for each boy, from Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and Devil's Tower
  • 4: the number of National Park Passport stamps - all three national parks, plus the Lewis and Clark Center
  • 3: the number of National Park Passports purchased
  • 1.3: the number of miles walked by Dad and Cameron around Devil's Tower in 96 degree heat

Ainsley, Ben and Cameron

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