Day 5 – Rapid City Firehouse Brewing / Wall Drug / Badlands National Park at Sunset, South Dakota

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.

Growler from Firehouse Brewing, Rapid City South Dakota

Growler from Firehouse Brewing, Rapid City South Dakota

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.

Wall Drug South Dakota

Wall Drug South Dakota

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.

Sunset in The Badlands National Park South Dakota

Sunset in The Badlands National Park South Dakota

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.

The Badlands National Park South Dakota

The Badlands National Park South Dakota

Sunset at The Badlands National Park South Dakota

Sunset at The Badlands National Park South Dakota

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