First Time at Wall Drug

As many of you know, we love roadside attractions, and arguably none is more famous than Wall Drug in South Dakota (except perhaps for that Giant Ball of String I keep hearing so much about).  So I was VERY excited to learn we would be passing right by it.  This was another place Lee visited when he used to drive cross country and I have been hearing about it for 20 years now so it was definitely time for me to see it for myself!!  Before I get to that though, let me back up just a teeny bit.

We left Minnesota under not the best of circumstances.  It was pouring rain, 40 degrees, we were behind schedule a bit, and I got sick.  And we both knew that despite all that we needed to pull a couple more long days to get back on schedule.  We also knew that if we didn’t want to completely implode we needed to get back to our basics.  We had lost the joy in the trip itself somewhere along the way (I think for me it was Indianapolis) and grinding out a trip to Alaska like this wasn’t of interest to either of us.  Yes, we have a commitment to meet that necessitated longer drive days, but it didn’t mean that we couldn’t do that our way.  So despite my horrendous cold we both agreed to frequent breaks and switching drivers every time.  This way we could each drive for shorter periods and hopefully we could find something fun along the way to look at.  Lee being the sweetie that he is found the first place and surprised me with a lunch stop at a giant statue of The Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, MN.  You have to eat somewhere so why not at the feet of this cheerful character!

Getting a little wet to take the picture was so worth it

Getting a little wet to take the picture was so worth it

Green Giant aside though it was a rough day.  I haven’t been this sick in a while and the long days, and cold, rainy weather were not helping.  It did end on a more positive note though when we found a nice Passport America campground (Hill’s RV Campground) for $20 a night and we finally saw some sun towards the end of the day.

Love the self register

Love the self register

Lee was having a good time

Lee was having a good time with the homemade signs

And the next day was Wall Drug!!  Not only did I want to see it but I actually needed a drugstore at this point! Well, Wall Drug did NOT disappoint.  It started as a very small pharmacy in the middle of nowhere, and when they were on the brink of closing the business, the pharmacist’s wife came up with the idea to offer free ice water to travelers on their way to see Mount Rushmore, and the rest is history.  You really have to see this place.  It is absolutely huge, so huge in fact, that it has a map, which we actually needed to use.

It takes up the whole side of the Main Street

It takes up the whole side of the Main Street

Loved the front door

Loved the front door

Sure it's a gift shop

Sure it’s a gift shop

But also a soda fountain

But also a soda fountain

A couple of restaurants

A couple of restaurants with an amazing art collection

Neat wood carvings

Neat wood statues

And a jackalope you can ride on...really what more could you ask for

And a jackalope you can ride on. Really what more could you ask for?

I really liked it.  We stayed for an hour and a half, ate a good lunch, and I finally got some Nyquil, which I desperately needed.

Gotta love the 5 cent cup of coffee which was excellent by the way

Gotta love the 5 cent cup of coffee which was excellent by the way

Waiting for our lunch to be done

Waiting for our lunch to be done

Here's my kids meal hamburger only $6

Here’s my kids meal hamburger only $6

The place just went on and on

The place just went on and on

They even had some nice animatronics. Lee tried Dr. Feel Good and he talked us into buying a bottle for $1.50 :)

They even had some nice animatronics. Lee tried Dr. Feel Good and he talked us into buying a bottle for $1.50 🙂

Loved this statues

Loved this statue of Wild Bill

Allergy eye drops, a new toothbrush (I always switch when I get sick) and glorious NyQuil

Allergy eye drops, a new toothbrush (I always switch when I get sick) and glorious NyQuil

I wish the drugstore museum would have been open

I wish the drugstore museum would have been open

A really nice travel chapel

A really nice travel chapel

Oh and did I mention a really HUGE Wild West bookstore. Lee enjoyed that

Oh and did I mention a really HUGE Wild West bookstore? Lee enjoyed that!

After lunch we drove for many hours through South Dakota and into Wyoming.  The views were beautiful and we saw several herds of pronghorn antelope, a first for me, but it was past 6pm when we finally rolled into Indian Campground and RV PArk in Buffalo Wyoming (our first 13 hour drive day since the first weekend we went full time).  Plus, there were no Passport America’s anywhere along our drive and we couldn’t find anything with 50 amp for our heaters and I wasn’t up for boondocking, so we were forced to pay $40 here.  The staff was super gracious when we arrived and the pull through sites were long but they were right on top of each other side-to-side.  We ate something, watched a Game of Thrones and then I took some Nyquil and crashed.  The next day we left at 8am and drove until 6pm landing in Shelby, MT right at the border.  I felt much better today though and even got to practice driving on some steep grades with long straight roads, which is great preparation for driving through Canada.  Tonight we are at Lewis & Clark Rv Park which is $34.75 with our Good Sam.  Overpriced for what we are getting but it’s quiet and the people at the front desk gave us lots of great Canada driving information.

My first antelope pic

My first antelope pic

So tomorrow we cross over and will have no cell phones (except texting on mine) until we hit Alaska.  I will be taking pictures and notes as we go, but have no idea if I will be able to get out a blog.  But if you are missing Camper Chronicles over the next several days, I put together a new page called Beautiful Places To See which has our blog posts from the most beautiful spots we have visited.  These are great posts to just skim the pictures if you are so inclined.  Looking for something meatier?    Check out Lee’s  DIY Mods Page (Outside) for those interested in all those cool changes he has made to the outside of the rig.   Take care and see you on the other side!

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11 thoughts on “First Time at Wall Drug

  1. We stopped at the Walls Drug Store on one of our trips. It was huge. They did have the best donuts. I would go back there just for the donuts LOL Looking forward to hearing more about your trip to Alaska and seeing more pictures. Have a safe trip. Hope you feel better.

  2. Hope you are feeling better.
    I hope you planned a beautiful route through Canada. If you need suggestions, let me know. We’d be happy to give you some ideas.

  3. Glad you are feeling better…we also stopped ar Indian Campground in BuffLo WY…safe travels💕❤️💕❤️

  4. We had fun there too. I’ve gulped down a bottle of my own this past week along with Advil Cold and Sinus. Bad sinus problems. Following the Fall is fun, following the Spring and all things allergy, NOT! Enjoy your time! Things will slow down soon and you’ll be in Heaven!

  5. Just added Wall Drug to our list of must sees…Thanks Tracy and Hope You Feel Much Better! I definitely keep a supply of NyQuil with us.

  6. Don’t you just love Wall Drug, I have been there many times before & every time I find something I had not see before
    Have a fun & safe rest of your trip 🙂

  7. We have not been to Wall Drug for years but am happy to see all the same characters are still there. What I don’t like about Wall drug is that it takes FOREVER to get there with a sign what seems to feel like every hundred yards!

  8. I just have to comment again on how much I love your blog. You tell it like it is and that’s wonderful. Your modification pages are great. Just read both and will be showing these to my husband.
    I do hope your cold has improved and you are feeling much better now. I’m a bear when I don’t feel well, so kudos to you for not only being on this NEW adventure with many unknowns but doing your part to drive as well. I am in awe!
    Can’t wait for the next post!

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