We got up super early because we had to drive 100 miles for about two hours to De’Smet SD to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder settlement. It was a house that the family lived in four awhile while their family worked in a store in town. He built the final home for the family there. We saw the schoolhouse that Laura and Carrie attended and we saw the little schoolhouse the Laura taught in as well.
Then back in the car for a four-hour drive for another 236 miles to the Missile National Historic Site. There are lots of straight roads with not much to look at here. We drove through a storm and Matt hit a big huge bird, a female pheasant to be exact.
After a little a few detours we found the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. We did not get to go down to the control center because the tours we all sold out for the day however we did drive to the Delta Nine launch facility and saw where the missile silo was.
We were only a few miles from Wall Drug so we decided to stop in and walk around. There were lots of things to buy and eat. However we controlled ourselves and only purchased mint-chocolate fudge and Matt/Julie purchased fudge and a magnet. Highlight of this part of the trip Matt saw, “The Dominator” it is a storm chaser vehicle used to collect data on tornadoes.
Now we are back in the car for another two-hour drive and 115 miles to Custer South Dakota. It’s Matt’s turn to drive and of course it is raining.