I finished up at Mount Rushmore and Boomer and I were headed off to Wall South Dakota for the night. I briefly stopped in Rapid City at a local brew pub, Firehouse Brewing Co. The brew pub was housed in a awesome brick building that was the original firehouse for the city.
The inside walls were adorn with classic fireman decor, even a wall with firefighter patches from all over. I found a spot at the bar and grabbed a burger and of course a growler. Although it was not a Montana brewery, I was running low on beer after Boomer stole my beer the night before. My truck may be fueled by gasoline but apparently I am fueled by beer. After my dinner I walked Boomer around to let him stretch his legs as we were off to Wall Drug.
Anyone who has drove along I-90 near Wall has been subjected to billboards and signs advertising Wall Drug. I had read they even have a sign in London England advertising Wall Drug – now that’s getting the word out!
From what I saw Wall Drug was going to be hard to miss. After arriving I realized it was different than I expected. I had the idea that it would be a single store. Actually it was several stores all connected and I was overwhelmed by all the souvenirs. Also I did not get my free glass of water if you were wondering.
I wandered back and forth between the stores trying to find the perfect souvenir as there were so many items to feast my eyes on. I also picked up a few smashed pennies for my friend Meg – at least that was a simple task.
The back lot was closed during my visit which meant I missed seeing the huge saddled jackalope. This for sure would have turned into a photo opt of me sitting on it if I could of mustered up the courage to ask someone to take my photo. Who am I kidding – after checking my shame at the door at the old tyme photo place I was not above asking someone to take my photo!
Wall Drug is located at 510 Main Street. If you decide to stop, prep yourself in advance – it’s a lot to take in. Also expect lots of tourists. There were a few tour buses there during my visit. Although it is slightly cheesy – I think it is worth stopping at. It’s fun and not to be taken seriously.
The sun had begun to set but there was still just enough light that if I drove quickly (notice I did not say speed) I could get sunset photos of The Badlands National Park. I expected large ravines, visible from the road, but I did not see even a slight bump in the horizon until I drove into the park.
We were greeted by a group of Big Horn Sheep by Sage Creek Rim Road. I found myself a spot and snapped some colorful photos of the sun setting against the arid landscape. From what I could see I could not wait to return the next day for daylight photos.