Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
We were home by dinner time. Now I get to start planning the road trip back to Minnesota next June for graduation.
Enchanted Highway," and the badlands in Teddy Roosevelt National Park.
We're back again, for the fourth September in row, dropping D off for his senior year. (I guess we actually came through a year earlier, too). We just spent one night. Long enough to help him find his stuff from June and move it across campus into his new dorm room. We arrived late afternoon on Thursday and M and I headed out towards Minneapolis after lunch on Friday.
Geologically, it's also easy for me to forget that bedrock, sometimes very old bedrock, can be exposed in these areas - not just covered in a blanket of glacial silt or tilled corn fields.
Driving from Seattle to Boston on I-90, you might never stop to think that there really are falls in Sioux Falls (and you would certainly never see them), but that's why it is important to get off the highway now and then.
We didn't stop at Wall Drug. D enjoyed his first visit, when he was very young, but since then he's sort of resented the stop - something about touristy and stupid (Wall Drug 2011). So we had to forego the free ice water and the chance to perch our child on a the back of a dinosaur (or was it a jackalope?), but I could rest easy knowing that I had a "Wall Drug" bumper sticker above the map above my desk at home - right next to "Sea Lion Caves" and "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington."
There were no shortage of battles between Native Americans and 19th Century U.S. soldiers. Some are better memorialized than others. Some were real battles, some were small fights and skirmishes, and some were brutal and lopsided massacres. Some mystery still remains about the details, but the bottom line is that Custer lost this one. But it also represented one of the last, brief victories for the tribes and despite their success here, is as much reminder of that ultimate loss as that of the US Cavalry.
I think I'm just intrigued by the geography of historical events and the notion of standing in the same landscape, in the same footsteps, as these earlier people.