What a fabulous day!!
I didn't ride too terribly far, about 270 miles. But it has been an interesting day. Again, I rode the freeway, planning to stop in Rapid City. Along the way, I saw signs for the 1880 town. I had sort of dismissed it, thinking it wouldn't be something I wanted to see, but then as I approached the exit and it was right off the freeway, I changed my mind. It was near lunchtime, so I decided to check it out. There was a very interesting diner there, made from train cars!
I really love trains so I was rather thrilled with this. The train cars are the dining area:
Then there was the 1880 village to see after I had lunch. I found this to be fun as well. I haven't read a lot about it yet, but I think it may have been a movie set. I really enjoyed this.
And I liked the snake oil salesman's cart:
Then, there is this little tiny house that no one today could ever manage to live in:
It was such a beautiful day, perfect weather and perfect skies as you can see here.
Real or not, this was a fun place to stop.
Now some of you may wonder, did I see the Badlands? Did I see Mount Rushmore? Did I see Crazyhorse? Well, no I didn't. I have seen all those sights a few times and just didn't want to do it this time. Since this is the high season, most of the hotels are full off the freeway so I managed to find something closer to downtown Rapid City. I wanted to go into town where there was a shop I had very much enjoyed going to about 10 years ago when I was here last.
Now this place has some very interesting things:
And they do have an incredible selection of antique Italian glass beads. When I was here before they had a lot of those old beads so I asked them about it and I was told that they had actually bought an entire factory. So there are a lot of unique colors of these old beads. They are pricey, but if you want an unusual antique seed bead that you can't get anywhere else, this is the place. The bead shop attached to Prairie Edge is Souix Trading Post. They also have a BEAD LIBRARY!!!!
If you look closely at those cases, they are lined with glass jars filled with seed beads. Be still my magpie heart! This is simply divine!
After I pulled myself away from all this, I went to another part of downtown where a street had been blocked off and a band was playing and people were dancing and celebrating the summer:
That was a fun time. But then it ended and it was time to go back to the hotel. The server at the restaurant where I had dinner suggested I walk down "Art Alley." So on my way back I did. It is an alley that the city dedicated to graffiti. Anything in the alley can and will be painted. I came across a band playing and stood with several others enjoying their music:
I really like the idea of someone playing a washboard. This band was fun! There were three guitar players, someone on bass (one of those huge ones you might see at a symphony), a woman playing the flute or the harmonica, a banjo player and the washboard player (or should I say warshboard?). Very entertaining.
So I veered off the beaten path for my sightseeing today and am very glad I did.
But now it is late, I am all done in and there is still a little map ciphering to do.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!