It rained until close to 1:00 am and I was kinda wishing we’d bought an Ark instead of a Heartland! At 7:30 am I was awoken by the sound of reveille. I think that this is the only place that we’ve been able to hear it ‘loud & clear’. Usually it’s off in the distance but we must have a loudspeaker very nearby.
The original plan was to do all of the site-seeing we planned to do in the area in one day but because we’re expecting rain we decided to split it up and hit up Rapid City today before it started raining this afternoon and hopefully we’ll be able to hit Mt. Rushmore & Custer State Park tomorrow in between raindrops.
We started out in downtown Rapid City and walked the City of Presidents. The City of Presidents is a series of bronze sculptures of the presidents of the United States. The presidents are displayed on the street corners and occupy about 8 blocks on two different streets. It was pretty cool and a really nice way to start off our day. Some of the sculptures were very detailed, while others were more on the simple side. There were a couple that were missing, not sure why, but Michael filled in. Some of my favorites are below.
As we were nearing the end of our walking tour we saw a restaurant we decided we’d have lunch at when we finished visiting the presidents. We chose to sit outside on the patio at Tally’s Silver Spoon. It was a bit chilly but we were treated to the harmonic playing and singing of an older gentleman who’d taken up residence on the street corner. Michael ordered the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and I went with Eggs Benedict. We each ordered a bowl of soup, as well, and everything was very good!
After lunch we took a short walk to Art Alley. What a cool place! An alley dedicated to graffiti…although you’ll find a few other kinds of art displayed…some on canvas’, some framed. This happened to be another of my Roadside America finds…and another that we really enjoyed! Michael termed this a ‘must see’!
Next stop…Memorial Park and the Berlin Wall. Rapid City was the recipient of 2 sections of the Berlin Wall in 1996 when an area resident purchased them and then donated them to the city. The two sections of wall are flanked by 2 ‘tank traps’ and there are several informational plaques at the exhibit that help give more information about the time when the wall separated the German capitol city. It was a very sobering exhibit but once again, something we really enjoyed viewing.
Our next stop was to find a couple of Munzees…however, it took us to Dinosaur Park. A park that was established in 1936 and is home to historic life-size concrete dinosaurs! A great place to take the kids…or adults who act like kids! The park sits atop a hill and provides some great views of Rapid City.
Not far from the park we found Hangman’s Hill. Back in 1877, two known criminals were hung here when they were caught with a herd of stolen horses. An unfortunate young man who just happened to meet up with the pair ended up being hanged too even though both of the horse thieves exonerated him.
Before going home we made several more Munzee stops, stopped at Walmart for a couple of items and then did some grocery shopping at the commissary on base.
Thankfully the only rain we rain into was when we were walking through Walmart & Commissary parking lots. The wind picked up considerably when we got home so we brought the off door side slide in to protect the slide awning.
I made a cornish hen (we split one), augraten potatoes & green beans for dinner. It’s a meal that my aunt used to serve my dad & I when I was little and it’s one of those comfort meals that always makes me feel good.