Day 5 was supposed to be a visit to Devil’s Tower and a scenic drive through the National Grasslands in
South Dakota Wyoming. Two things didn’t quite work out in our favour however but I’ll get to those in order.
The day started off pretty good, it was going to be a long drive from Rapid City, SD to Greeley, CO so we left pretty early. We reached Devil’s Tower pretty quickly and took a bunch of photos there. The scenery up to the tower was quite nice and I enjoyed just staring out the window and listening to the Car Talk podcast.
Next up was the National Grasslands in South Dakota. Not too long after entering them we encountered a construction zone with a pilot vehicle. This meant we had to wait for it to return and it was a good distance. No biggie, we ended up finding some friends to keep us company for the duration. Some kittens from the house next to the road strolled over to the car and I opened my door to give ’em a pet. They were more than happy to join us on the dash and keep us company, was pretty cute.
After the construction zone ended however there was a confusion of hand signals from the pilot car, we though he was indicating to us to stop but he was waving at some on coming traffic instead. This would have been no big deal if the driver behind us had been watching where he was going… except he wasn’t. He smashed into the back of our car. There wasn’t any big damage, but it certainly sucked none the less. Damage to the car was mostly bumper related but has otherwise driven just fine.
A side effect of the damage however was Volks Horo, her hand broke off in the impact as she flew off her perch on the door, into the dash and then onto the floor. This angered me far more than the bumper damage, but I suppose that’s to be expected since it wasn’t my car and insurance will cover damages to the car, not Horo. Perhaps Horo could have been covered as contents within the car but I don’t think they’d agree to her cost. Additionally, I had a headache for the rest of the day, it came and went but certainly wasn’t pleasant.
The rest of the day was fine, but the Grasslands were pretty boring in terms of photography. It was neat to see once, how empty it was, and the lack of trees. But I don’t feel such a need to go back. We did however see some animals and more interesting, a mine. There was an open coal mine in the Grasslands with lots and lots of those really big dump trucks hauling out all the coal. It would then be put on trains which would barely make it up the ever so slight but constantly inclines away from the mines. Was quite an operation but I don’t support coal power at all, it’s terribly dirty. I was surprised that I didn’t see more wind turbines throughout the grasslands, perhaps it was because of these coal operation.
By the end of this day I was just far too tired to sit down and write a post as well as quickly post-process some of the photos from the day. So I just went to bed to get set for the next day, which I was looking forward to much more.