Copyright 2012, CABS for Reflections From the Fence
July 7, 2011
THE Trip was surely assisted by all of our friends, who passed on suggestions via email, Facebook and sitting round the campfire or round a good meal. Many said, you have to stop at Wall Drug. Really, you just gotta.
On this day, we left Custer, drove through Rapid City and east on on I 90 to Wall. The drive was enhanced by signs, similar to the Burma Shave signs of my childhood, only for Wall Drugs. I loved them. I did not get a photo of all of them, but, here are a few, collage style:
There is a history of Wall Drugs online at their web site. The town of Wall welcomes visitors:
Describe Wall Drugs?? Well, there are all the regular drug store items, shampoo, over the counter meds, greeting cards. Now toss in tourist trap goodies, t-shirts, cowboy hats, boots, food, eclectic western art pieces, and lots, lots more. There is even a small chapel. Oh, and it is BIG, really big.
It was HOT when we finally arrived in Wall, sizzling HOT. There was no way we could leave Mr. G and Captain Hook in Big Butt in that heat. So, Man grabbed CH and I grabbed Mr. G and we marched right into Wall Drug. At first we did not linger long, charging from room to room to room. A few people looked at us and the dogs, even an employee or two, but no one said a word. In fact, I saw at least one other dog enjoying the cool air conditioning of Wall Drug. After seeing the other dog, I figured, they could ask me to leave, and I would, but, in the meantime, I was going to slow down a bit and take it all in. So, I did!
Below: some of the western gear, belts with holsters and boots. If you look a little harder at this photo you will see me, on the right, toting Mr. G and Sony and working the room! LOL You will also see the bottom of my legs in the middle of the photo in another mirror. Will admit that I had a bit of a giggle fest when I previewed this photo.
Outside we discovered a Jackalope, made just for riding, and no, neither Man nor I climbed up there.
Below: back inside we find this whiskey drinking cowboy guarding this corner of the store:
Man and both fur kids had a chat with this hombre (or is he the sherriff?):
We have more miles to drive today, so we head back to Big Butt. Next, Badlands National Park.