This morning I was a mess. Being the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t pack until 3AM (mistake!) But I knew I didn’t have to do much, I had everything sprawled on my floor. All I had to do was put it in the bag. How hard could that be? HARD. It was a struggle just fitting everything in a, as Mrs. O’Hern describes it, “a big purse”. I finally got to school at 6 AM and everyone was already there! Of course I was the last one…I always am!
We loaded up the mini-vans and left for the road. Luckily, I was in the van with my two good friends, Alise and Laura, along with our driver, Mr. McDonald. Knowing that we would have a 10 hour trip, we got comfortable and starting just talking away. And even though Mr. McDonald is a principal, he actually turned out to be pretty cool!
The first place we stopped at was a gas station to fill up, and I learned how to wipe a windshield for the first time. (I know that doesn’t sound amazing but it was a first for me!) Then we got back on the road. We drove until a lunch stop in Mitchell. After lunch, we went back into the car and took a detour to the Corn Palace. Then it was back in the car to Chamberlain where we stopped at the Akta Lakota Museum. It was pretty cool reading about the history of the Lakota people. After that, we made a quick stop to see the prairie dogs, which I thought were actual dogs! (second lesson for me!)
We then continued on and finally got to the Badlands. The view was breathtaking! We hiked and hiked getting rid of some teenage energy. (ok, Roy almost fell off a big rock mountain)! After that, we finally got to Pine Ridge. We had dinner at the LPR Diner…the food was so delicious! After dinner, we did our reflections, I showered, and finally went to bed. It was such an exhausting day! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!