Zoid's mid-America pandemic tour . . . . . .

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by ZoidMeister, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    Salt Lake City fact, The Angel Moroni on top of the Temple has an outstretched arm pointing to the headquarters of Zions Bank. Just saying! ;)
     
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  2. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Yeah, we made it to Salt Lake. Most of our time has been spent visiting the in-laws and outlaws. Photos to boring to post for the most part.

    We did get out to the Dead Sea, I mean Great Salt Lake and hit the visitors center. Did a drive by of a few notable buildings in the city - no internal tours. Hit a Scandinavian place for breakfast this morning where I had poached red trout and eggs.

    We took in a local museum, but more on that later.

    Some generic photos of the past day or two.


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    We took a walk through Liberty Park and happened across what appeared to be an old amusement park exhibit. We were told that the city operates these rides on the weekends.


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  3. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Much of the past day or two has been spent sitting in the brother-in-law's backyard in the shade of the trees next to a small spring that flows through his yard, and the three neighbors above.

    The water flowing through his yard is at a constant temperature of 72 degrees. Evaporation helps cool the air under the tree canopy. There is a pond replete with koi, reeds, and lily pads.

    It is very tranquil and relaxing enjoying the local microbrews.



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  4. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
  5. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014

    Thought about it, but it will need to wait until our next visit.

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  6. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim chicken wings

    Jan 18, 2018
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  7. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    One other "nicety" of our visit was seeing the stained glass that my brother-in-law creates. He adorns his home and gave us a window several years ago.

    He won't sell them. Just makes them for relaxation.


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  8. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017


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    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
  10. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Today was a day of driving. After 9+ hours on the road, we found ourselves in Sturgis, SD.

    A few sights along the way.


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  11. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    What a great trip. but sorry Bud you're a few years to late to get used for "Close Encounters" ;)

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  12. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    However before we left the Salt Lake City area, we stopped in a little museum.

    No, it wasn't the JBM museum, but it was pretty damn cool in its own right. Unfortunately the inside exhibits of this museum were also closed, but the outside exhibits were open and available. They did not disappoint. Gotta love the "admission fee." No charge . . . .

    I might need to do a separate thread for this stop as well, if there is any interest in seeing more

    Z




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  13. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014

    From what I've been able to discern, I was cataloged as a "throw back" . . . . .

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  14. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Picking up a bit belatedly from where I left off, after our visit to Devil's Tower in Wyoming, we headed toward Sturgis, SD and got a room for the night. Fortunately we were several weeks early for Bike Week, so getting a room wasn't difficult.


    As a matter of fact, with the pandemic and lack of bikers, the place was a virtual ghost town.


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    We grabbed dinner at the "Loud American Grill" (really not good) and hit the sack. The next day would bring us to Mount Rushmore and other classic South Dakota points of interest.
     
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  15. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    What to say about South Dakota? What a land of contrasts.

    Our first stop was Mount Rushmore. We got there a couple of weeks before the President. They were busy and buzzing with construction getting things ready. We had no idea this was on his stop, but Margie had never been there, and it was 55 years since my last visit.

    Somehow, it seemed bigger when I was a kid.

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  16. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Sorry Z man, my browser is not letting me "like" these posts via mobile.
     
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  17. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Driving through the forests of the Black Hills was amazing. We took lots of mental photographs, but not many digital.

    We drove past and saw the Crazy Horse sculpture in progress. Google will give you lots of views of that.

    We drove down to the Wind Cave National Park. It was closed, but we saw fields of Prairie Dogs on the way, which was really cool.

    However driving through Pringle, SD we happened across this local oddity. You probably won't ever find this documented on the internet elsewhere, but in Pringle South Dakota they have an amazing "sculpture" composed of discarded bicycles - thousands of discarded bicycles. This is the quirky Americana we set out to discover.

    I present to you, "Bicycle Mountain" in Pringle, SD, population 112 . . . . .

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  18. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    After we left the Black Hills National Forest area, we headed towards Badlands National Park. What an amazing land of vistas. Painted canyons and mountains as far as the eye can see. Abundant wildlife for an area that largely resembles a desert.

    But no visit to the Badlands would ever be complete without a stop in Wall, SD and a visit to Wall Drug Store.

    Again, it was 55 years since my last visit to Wall Drug and my how it has grown! What hasn't changed is the "Burma shave-esque" advertising stretching for 200 miles in all directions along the I-80 corridor. Anyone who has driven that route knows, if you miss Wall Drug signs, you are "driving while blind."

    The quintessential midwest tourist trap, Wall Drug - the home of free ice water, 5 cent coffee, the Silver Dollar Bar, and . . . . the legendary Jackalope!

    The place is a virtual museum. Tons of old western artwork, taxidermy, and folklore. We partook of a very affordable Bison burger and I got me some free ice water and 5 cent coffee.

    We picked up plenty of touristy "souvenirs" - that's French for "junkque" I've been told - and we were on our way . . . .

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  19. Hunt5877

    Hunt5877 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jan 27, 2019
    The mighty Jackalope can be a very elusive beast, lucky you were able to get such a great picture.
     
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  20. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I thought that we might have caught one "in the wild" but it turned out to be an imposter.


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