Day Twelve: Custer State Park, SD to Lander, WY (Driving for 5 hours)
We were looking forward to this stop today. Rock climbing and looking at engravings of old names- just what we needed!
It’s hard to get a scope for how big this “Independence Rock” area is, but it is larger than you think! Even at the parking lot, it looked large…. but then we followed the trail and by the time we actually arrived it was HUGE!
Luckily the rock has good traction so we were able to scramble up without having to crawl on all fours!
A beautiful view of the area!
Here’s the back side.
Names were everywhere! Besides vandalism, lichen (growing over the names) is one of the greatest threats for destroying these names.
You can see that a storm is starting to roll in.
In fact, as the family started going back down, Alison and I just needed a few more minutes. It was so nice to be outside, enjoying the breeze and the view.
What a cutie! Our next stop was Martin’s Cove. The purpose was just to confirm our RV site (we were camping at the RV site with the missionaries). The lady who met us begged us to take the tour now because the place was practically empty! We’d left all of the kids in the van, but after her insistence (so many times… and our warnings that our kids were tired) we agreed and unloaded everyone. She was right, we had Martin’s Cove to ourselves! We had a customized tour (ie- our children couldn’t handle the “full length” version) and she was so sweet!
We got a photo op, in preparation for our actual handcart trek as a family that would start the next morning. It was actually very nice to have gone through the tour this evening so that the next day we could get straight to the trails!
Here is a glimpse of how trailer life is! (Especially at the end!) This particular night Matt was cooking dinner (brats/sausages) but everyone was starving so we popped some popcorn and set up a movie.
As dinner got close we set up the table.
Matt did a lot of cooking on the trip- well, we both did and I particularly enjoyed the meals he cooked!
Megan slept in that porta-crib by the door. Every morning we took it down and every evening we set it up.
By the end of the trip our dirty clothes hamper was so full that it was taller than our bathtub! The bad news- someone threw in their dirty clothes and it turned the water on a little (but we didn’t realize it at first). Imagine a bathroom full of wet, dirty clothes! Luckily it happened today (the day before we arrived home) instead of 5 days earlier! We usually set the hamper outside of the bathroom when we were having showers/baths and then tucked it into the bathtub when we were done. It kept laundry out of the way and contained!
How did we spend our driving time? We listened to books on CD from the library. The “How to Train Your Dragon” series was so fun that we are now reading them at night right now! We also listened to “Treasure Hunters” which is a fun, FUN book! We had binders full of activities, magnets, a crate with toys, a crate with books and of course we had movies!