By Carolynn Devine
Today was my sixth trip to Pine Ridge and I just love how every experience with each new group of people is so different! We did a little more stopping along the way, which was a nice change of pace. We stopped for lunch at Denny’s – my first sit down lunch on a trip out – and while we had to wait for 15 minutes for a table, Julie and I ran across the highway to the Harley Davidson shop. I’ve been at that particular gas station/Denny’s several times, but never had time to stop and shop for a couple of T-shirts. Well, today was my day!! However, when we got there we saw the big, fat, CLOSED ON SUNDAY sign. Sigh…. another time. But we did have a nice lunch and great conversation.
We made a stop at the Lakota Museum in Chamberlain. It was very nice and we all (or most of us anyway) ended up with a few extra books in our bags. A very helpful lady came outside to take our picture by the tee-pee.
We had a teeny bit of excitement on the drive. As you can see from the pictures, there is what looks like clouds sort of in the shape of a wide tornado – although with no funnel. At first we thought it was a storm ahead, and the way the sun was shining through, it was very orange and unusual looking. We stopped for gas at Kadoka and planned to forge ahead to the 131 exit so we could make it to the badlands for a little stop at the scenic overlook. While at the gas station, we learned that I-90 was closed because of a grass fire, which apparently caused a four-car pile up on the Interstate, because the smoke drastically decreased visibility on the road! Needless to say, we left the Interstate and missed the badlands stop, but were grateful that we weren’t part of that terrible accident. Good thing we stopped so much along the way!!
Now we are checked in at the Rance, all fed (thank you Mike for your generosity at dinner!), and getting ready to hit the hay before we start our new adventure at the clinic. This trip is a first for half of the group. As much as I love the comfort of familiar faces, I also love to share this experience with new people. We have a great group here who will do great work!