Where the heck is Wall Drug??
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May 6th, 2008 – by: seventy6daytripper
Our first sign of wildlife was waiting to strike from the ground, impeding our path to the bathroom in the morning. About a 5 or 6 foot long snake (I don't know snakes...but it didn't look friendly) lay curled up in the grasses, ready to attack the unsuspecting, sleepy-eyed camper. Luckily, a Dutch couple pointed it out to us and made sure ("Ya, Ya, Ya, don't go there") we stayed away. Our first sign of wildlife....definitely not our last in the badlands.
Unfortunately, we missed the turn to continue on through the park and head west, and instead headed south and out through another park entrance. Realizing our mistakes, we turned around and attempted to get back into the park.
Winding roads greeted us once again as we navigated down the right path this time and amongst all the outcroppings. Miles and miles of 45 mph later, we were coming out of the badlands and back into grasslands. But not before we stumbled upong a city of prairie dogs. We only spotted them because there were about 4 cars parked on the side of the road doing the thing we were about to.
Our first item on the agend.........wait. I forgot we had no agenda! We did that much, it's a wonder how it all worked out so well.
Anyways....we drove to Wall, South Dakota, after half of our party recommended this world famous drugstore in Wall. Apparently so world famous that they have a billboard for the place in Nairobi, Kenya!!! (It's true, they did in fact have picture of a sign that said, 'Visit Wall Drug - Wall, South Dakota, U.S.A') We had started seeing signs for this drug store when we were traveling north on the western side of Iowa, but we thought it was a local thing. Or, half of us thought it was local. The two who had been before couldn't say enough to describe this place. Only that it was big.
When we arrived, not only were there signs every 100 feet, but everything was referenced to the drugstore. Wall, population 818. A thriving community centered around a drugstore. Or should I say amusement park? After talking with one employee, they swore up and down that during peak hours they receive an average of 20,000 customers a day! That's ridiculous!!! Are you kidding me?!? Then she told me that employees treat their job like working at an amusement park.
My next entry comes from....who knows? We had no agenda, no plan. We just went. And west. It was glorious. Until our next stop...
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