Leaving Wyoming was hard. The brilliant landscapes of the Yellowstone region are very easy to fall in love with. Knowing that the Mid West is flat I thought about staying for a while. ...but, the show must go on!
Moving next on the route was South Dakota. There isn't a whole lot out there, so man created most of the tourist destinations.
(FYI, if you're unfamiliar of the highlighted blue words, they are clickable links.)
It turns out there actually is a hidden gem out in South Dakota that the Earth made on it's own, and it lives up to the title- The Badlands. The scene is surreal, it's like another planet.
Of course I stopped at the tourist trap Wall Drug as well. Being it was freezing out, I passed on the "free ice water" and got a homemade donut and a 5¢ coffee.
Now I'm rolling into a familiar zone that I spent some good time at when I used to be a pro snowboarder, a mecca of handrails- Minnesota! It's gonna be real good, you betcha!