Wednesday, July 31, 2013


July 29, 2013

I called my daughter and said "Guess where I'm going today?"  She had no idea why I would be excited about going to a drug store in Wall SD.  I realized the thrill of Wall Drug was lost to her generation.  I can remember seeing cars with bumper stickers wired to their bumper announcing they had been to Wall Drugs.  As far as I was concerned, it is a must if you were anywhere in South Dakota.

Wall Drugs takes up a city block.  It is a maze of shops, cafe, and museum.  You can purchase bandaids to cowboy boots .  There was a fudge shop, bookstore, toy store to name a few.  The cafe had roast beef dinner, bison burgers, home made pie and fresh made donuts.  Veterans can have a free cup of coffee and donut.  Each customer can have 2 bumper stickers.
Mrs Hustead wanted to attract more customers that were coming to the Badlands so she put signs up and down the highway offering free ice water.  This was the beginning of their successful marketing campaign.
The museum had pictures of local characters and artifacts.  There was also an arcade with a shooting gallery.  You could have pictures taken on a large Jackalope and a stagecoach.  We were able to kill a couple of hours walking around and checking everything out.

For a one horse town, this is a busy place...and it doesn't take much to entertain us.


We camped at Sleeply Hallow RV Park while visiting Wall Drug and the Badlands.  The park is very typical except for a couple of interesting facts:  1) Full hook up does not mean cable TV only specific sites have cable TV and if you want it, it is $2 extra.  2) RV reviews complain about train noise in the early morning.  We talked about it and decided this wasn't an issue for us.  When we got there, we realized the tent camping is closest to the train tracks and of course it would be loud for them.  3) They had an interesting policy regarding late check out - and hourly fee for every hour you are late checking out.

The good news - bathrooms are clean, a short walk to Wall Drugs and the best dog area ever.  I'd return just so Sydney and Louie could have a break from being on leash in the dog area.

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