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Monday, July 25, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: SOUTH DAKOTA - WALL DRUG AND DEADWOOD


Happy Monday, Blogland!

After time in Chamberlain, South Dakota, we headed through the Badlands and Rapid City, home of South Dakota School of Mines where my uncle went, before making it to downtown Deadwood for the night. 

On the way we stopped at Wall Drug, which is a must see stop for anyone driving through South Dakota. I've been stopping there since I was little and though very touristy, it's still fun, and you'll be sure to find any souvenir you might need. 

Then, it was onto Deadwood, I've been there as well, but they have really spruced it up since my last visit and it was a nice time. We had the most incredible dinner at Legend's Steakhouse in the Silverado Franklin Hotel

Our waitress, Cassie, provided some of the best, top notch service I've ever had, even compared to top NYC and LA restaurants. She was delightful, classy, professionally and full of personality and truly made our experience one to remember.  The filet I had was, hands down, the best piece of steak I have ever had and as smooth as butter, divine! It went perfectly paired with a bottle of the 

A bit of a storm and rain rolled in, but the small town was still charming, and full of character, with the street lamps and reflections in the pavement glistened from the rain. I highly recommend you stop by if you are ever in the area and be sure to see at Legend's Steakhouse!

Now, onto pictures from my drive to Deadwood, dinner and evening downtown.
Exploring Wall Drug, which is always a fun stop when I'm in South Dakota.
Caught another cold and was suffering from a sore throat, so, I picked up a banana milkshake at Wall Drug, it was delish!
Recipe for a Badlands Mule, similar to a Moscow Mule.
Driving into downtown Deadwood, South Dakota.
Legend's Steakhouse located inside of The Franklin Hotel.
Franklin Hotel front entrance.
Shared a delish bottle of Queen's Peak Wine over dinner, I started with a caesar salad.
The BEST steak I have ever had with a side of green beans and potatoes au gratin, truly delish!
Even in the rain downtown Deadwood has a unique charm.
I lived by Wall. St. when I lived in NYC, here is Wall St. in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: SOUTH DAKOTA - ST.JOSEPH'S, AL'S OASIS & CEDAR SHORE


Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

We started our first full day in Chamberlain, South Dakota visiting where my mother grew up and headed over to the St. Joseph's Indian School. They have done a lovely job with the information center, exhibits and more. 

Next, we headed across the Missouri River to Oacoma and Al's Oasis. I've been going there since I was little and we'd visit South Dakota and I've always loved it. It looks a bit like a western backlot and movie set, complete with a grocery store, saloon, trading post, restaurant, gift shop and more. One of my favorite memories from childhood is the giant buffalo that stands tall in front of it.

Though they are faux buffalo, I still love it, but will be off to find the real ones en route to Aspen and in an area my older sister came across many during her cross-country drive a couple summers ago in Wyoming . . . so, stay tuned! 

While at Al's Oasis, we had drinks in their bar and then dinner with our beautiful waitress, Melissa. I got the sirloin steak with mashed potatoes and corn and it was delish!  Then, I got to see yet another pretty sunset as we were leaving dinner and heading back to the hotel.

Once back at Cedar Shore Resort where we staying, I sat on our balcony facing the water and there was the most magical sunset. There is something to be said about the simple, natural pleasures in life. There weather in South Dakota this time of year is so calm and temperate in the evenings, just beautiful. We fully enjoyed it and the outdoors over a delightful bottle of wine.

Below are the pictures from my day in Chamberlain, time at the Indian school, visiting the street my mother grew up, good old Al's Oasis and Cedar Shore Resort. Enjoy!
Friends and I spent a glorious week in Prince Edward Island, and so seeing this U-Haul in the Al's Oasis parking lot made for 2 of my favorite places! :)

Monday, July 18, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP - DAY 3 AND THE CORN PALACE


Hello Again, Blogland!

Early Saturday morning, we set out on day 3 of our road trip from Wisconsin to Chamberlain, South Dakota, the Mount Rushmore state and birthplace of my Marvelous Mother. Woo hoo!

On our drive there, we saw fun rock formations, stopped along the Mississippi River in Minnesota, the Show Me State, and even stumbled upon a cute cheese and homemade fudge shop on the perfect day.

We are spending a couple days in South Dakota to visit spots where my mother grew up, like Al's Oasis, which will always remind me of my time visiting when I was a kid. Especially, the giant buffalo statue that stands tall out front of it. 

Now, even though I've been to South Dakota numerous times over the years, I wanted to revisit many of the iconic spots it has to offer, like the Corn Palace, Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Wall DrugBlack Hills and the Badlands, to capture them on my good camera, which will be captured in my fun South Dakota Travel Diary post covering Day 4 & 5 next week.

Now, without further ado, let's get to the pictures from my road trip to South Dakota and the Corn Palace in Mitchell, enjoy! :)
My nephew loves neon green, so, when this car was in front of us on I-90 W, I had to snap a picture, fun!
Random rock formations along I-90 W before the I-90 W and I-94 W split.
Walking along the Mississippi River in Minnesota on a truly beautiful day.
Overlooking the Mississippi River in Minnesota. 
Stopped in Minnesota to get gas and there was a cute place with free cheese samples,
and I never turn down cheese! 
Just me, 2 cows and a rooster before grabbing some cheese in Minnesota.
This adorable little guy was outside the cheese shop, which also sold homemade fudge. 
Cheddar of all flavors and seasonings.
The sign asked, "Got Cheese?" I left with my answer, "why, yes, I sure do!"
It made for a yummy snack for on the road. 
South Dakota state line, we made it! 
Posing by the adorable corn on the cob statue that welcomes you to the one, and only, Corn Palace!

Off-The-Shoulder Top: Forever 21 = $12.90  /   Black Criss-Crossed Bralette: Forever 21 = $4.80  /  Black Skirt: H&M = $14.50  /  Gold & Tan Gladiator Sandals: Target = $19.99
 Visit to the Corn Palace in Michelle, SouthDakota.

With my Marvelous Mother in front of the mini Corn Palace Float parked in front of the real Corn Palace.

by Liesl Ehardt