Where’s Dart? Can you name the river and the mountain? This little dog is quite the traveler!
Note: Last year we purchased an unlimited data plan from Verizon and it has made our traveling life so much better. Most campgrounds that offer WIFI do not offer a service that is useful. Unfortunately, we have used enough bandwidth this month that Verizon has slowed us down, but it’s still workable. At this campground, I can’t get logged onto the campground WIFI option and we have a VERY weak cell phone signal (outside a BIG city). Regis purchased something to boost the signal. It is working well enough. I won’t be doing much internet browsing in this campground, but I can do what I need to do.
Another Where’s Dart can only mean one thing, the Jeep is fixed. As we were packing up to leave, several songs were going through my mind: from the 70’s Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak”; from the 80’s Sammy Haggar’s “Can’t Drive 55”; and of course Willie’s “On the Road Again”.
I have to give a lot of credit to Liberty Jeep in Rapid City, South Dakota. I drove up late Tuesday afternoon. They took a look at it and had a part ordered the same day. From there, things went downhill. The part and Linda’s order from Amazon spent an additional 24 hours in Commerce City, Colorado. It should have been in town Friday but didn’t get to Rapid City until Saturday. UPS doesn’t deliver on Saturday, so we had to hope it got delivered Monday. When Linda got her Prime package just before noon we were hopeful. The part was delivered to the Jeep dealer by the afternoon. They started working on the Jeep late Monday and finished late Tuesday.
Linda spent lots of time rejiggering the travel plans as the delays piled up.
Dart was in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The Badlands National Park has the largest expanse of protected prairie in the National Park System. It is partially surrounded by the Buffalo Gap National Grassland that also preserves the prairie.
It was a very foggy and sometimes rainy day as we traveled through the park. There were few visitors. The higher the elevation, the worse the visibility. It was eerie. The badlands formations are very different anyway and when you add the fog to it, it was otherworldly.
We saw lots of wildlife. I was fine with missing out on the scenic views because we saw so much wildlife. We saw bighorn sheep, mule deer, prairie dogs, meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, white pelicans, a coyote, a Canada Goose, and lots of other birds.
In addition, before the entrance to the park, we saw a cattle round-up. I’m not kidding. There were lots of people on horses and they already had all the cattle gathered in a circular enclosure. There were a bunch of calves in with adults. Regis thinks they might be preparing to tag the calves.
This should be easy for anyone who has been keeping up with the blog posts this year. At what Federal Land is Dart located? All the pictures above are in the same area. Please note that it was very foggy, so the background scenery is obscured by the fog.
Because we’ve done Where’s Dart in previous years and numbered them, I thought I would implement a different numbering scheme. The year is of course first followed by the number associated with the location. In this case, all 2018-1’s are in the same location.