After breakfast, packing up, and one last visit to the RV dog park (a pretty good sized one in our opinion), we made our official stop at Wall Drug. There is a drug store but also a whole mini mall. There was a camping supply place and bookstore that were both well stocked, otherwise, a tremendous amount of kitsch. I told Colin in an email that I would not like to go there with little kids. There would be so many “No, I am not buying that”. However, I was in the market for another belt. This one store had a huge selection but very few 36” belts (not my waste size), so I’ll wait for another opportunity.
Our next goal is Casselton, ND where Cathie’s father was born, and we are hoping to find the house he lived in during his first years. There are many, many ways to get from Wall, SD to Casselton, ND, especially if one is avoiding interstate highways. Much of eastern South Dakota, and much of North Dakota, consists of roads that run north –south and east-west. Thus, one can stair step from one point to another selecting from a vast combination of blacktop. If unpaved farm roads were included the combinations skyrocket. I won’t bore you with the details of our route, but we did go through Pierre, the state capitol of South Dakota, and cross the wide Missouri there. I also share with you a couple of photos of the in-between spaces after Pierre.
Our stopping point for the day is the Mina Lake Recreation Area. It is very nice and lightly occupied at this time of year and week (Tuesday). Cathie just informed me there are showers. If I take one that will make four in a row! The weather report tells us to expect rain later tonight, so we set up our rain tarp. This is the one we tested under dry conditions at Red Shale.
We did get some rain and thunder around 5:30am. The recording below gives you an idea of what we were hearing. You can hear some rumbling of thunder if you listen carefully.