Travelogue: Montana to Wisconsin and Back

You all have been waiting to hear about my trip? It was one of those “slice of America” things that covered enough ground to make you realize what a big place a single country can be.

We started off in Montana.

It only takes about seven hours to get from close to the boarder with Idaho to Wyoming if you drive straight through. We would have made it easily if we’d started at a reasonable hour, and hadn’t had an ear infection sending us off to a hospital. The hospitals in Billings are really pretty, but there was no soap for hand-washing in the bathroom.

When I think of Wyoming and South Dakota, what I think of is this:

From what other’s have said, I suspect they think something more like this:

If so, then we are both right. Wyoming and South Dakota both have places where the glaciers scraped off everything interesting, and places where the ancient mountains remain. We hurried on down the road to Minnesota, where I was surprised to see so many electricity generating windmills.

They weren’t there ten years ago. Now they are everywhere.

We soon arrived in Madison Wisconsin,

Where we were rained out

And attacked by voracious mosquitoes

We camped – mostly at KOA campgrounds – for most of the trip. The second worst campground was the one near Madison. The mosquitoes were awful, and the attendant completely unrepentant about them. I counted over thirty bites on one knee alone. We high-tailed it back to Montana with brief stops at the Spam museum in Minnesota,

And the Corn Palace in South Dakota,

and The Badlands

We climbed to the top of Harney Peak

At well over 6,000 feet, it’s the highest peak in South Dakota. From there, everything was down hill.

We went straight back to Montana.

Home sweet home.

8 Comment(s)

  1. You know, Alice, when I feel like “running away,” I always talk about getting a cabin in the mountains of Montana where I can become a recluse. :) Thanks for sharing your trip and your pics. The Badlands look WAY cool!

    Brynna | Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. Love the pictures and thanks for sharing. Was the Spam Museum fun?

    terri | Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. The Badlands National Park costs $15 for a one week pass. It runs just under 30 miles long, parallel to the interstate. It’s well worth while.

    The Spam Museum was a blast. It’s free. They funnel you in to a little theater where they expose you too bits and pieces from various Spam commercials running from the 50′s to modern. Luckily, everything is done with a touch of humor.

    Alice | Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. Great pictures, Alice. I especially like the one of the Badlands. Maybe one day I’ll make it that part of the U.S. Minus the mosquitoes, I hope you all had fun.

    Renee | Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

  5. Great pics, Alice! Sounds like you had a great time, except for the monster mosquitoes, but as someone once said, “There’s no place like home.” :)

    Sasha Allgood | Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. The monster mosquitoes truly were frightening. Actually, the mosquitoes themselves were nothing much, but they came in huge swarms. Luckily, we only encountered them in Wisconsin, and then only in the countryside.

    Alice | Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

  7. In some places in Wisconsin the mosquitoes are horrible. We use to visit my grandmother in Pepin and Mondovi, and my cousins grew up near Rochester, MN. Once we rented a cabin by a lake in upstate MN and slept under mosquito nets. MN doesn’t call the mosquito their state bird for nothing!

    Sounds like an eventful trip, Alice. I’d love to visit the Badlands!

    Laurie Faelan | Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

  8. Yeah, both MN and WI are pock-marked by lakes – prime breading ground for the little buggers.

    Alice | Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

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