by Emma Bristow
Our group of 14 left Gundersen’s parking lot at 7am and headed to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I was a little nervous when I realized that I didn’t bring anything to read or entertain myself for the upcoming 10 hour drive. To my surprise the drive flew by. The 5 of us students decided to ride together; we reminisced about school, took some catnaps and even practiced NCLEX questions. It was nice to get acquainted with the girls before we start our full day of activities tomorrow.
As we entered South Dakota the speed limit was 80 mph, I was happy not be driving because I tend to drive like my grandmother. Although, I don’t think Amber was fond of trying to keep up with Dan as she stated, “Holy moly, I can’t even keep up and I’m going 85mph!” We stopped at Tailgator’s Sports Bar and Grill for lunch, which was close to our halfway point. Our next stop was the Lewis and Clark Information Center. We took pictures in front of the Dignity Sculpture, which represents the Native American Culture of South Dakota. We also stopped in the town of Chamberlain to visit the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center where we learned about the Lakota culture and the students at St. Joseph’s Indian School.
The Badlands were an amazing view! Amber and Sarah scared me half to death because they went to the edge of the cliff! Char and I stayed a good 30 feet away from the edge. For a moment I thought we were going to be charged by a mountain goat because of a dog spooking it, but we made it out alive and well. We wish we could’ve stayed longer to see more of the sights but we still hadn’t reached our destination yet and our stomachs were famished. To end the evening we ate supper at the café attached to the Resort and are heading to bed early for the upcoming events tomorrow.