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I am limit up with this whole SIP thing and decided I need to get the heck out of Illinois before I lose my mind. Decided that S. Dakota looks about as "free" and welcoming as anywhere in the US right now. I have never had a desire to visit S. Dakota, but now I am going and am excited. Just going for a long weekend in 2 weeks. Me & my daughter. Staying in Deadwood. Lodging is open. State parks are open. Scenery looks beautiful and I hope to see a bison or two.

Oh -- my daughter does NOT want to look at any colleges while we are there.
 

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I am limit up with this whole SIP thing and decided I need to get the heck out of Illinois before I lose my mind. Decided that S. Dakota looks about as "free" and welcoming as anywhere in the US right now. I have never had a desire to visit S. Dakota, but now I am going and am excited. Just going for a long weekend in 2 weeks. Me & my daughter. Staying in Deadwood. Lodging is open. State parks are open. Scenery looks beautiful and I hope to see a bison or two.

Oh -- my daughter does NOT want to look at any colleges while we are there.
Good on you, please post some pictures of Deadwood in TUG. Enjoy your trip and FREEdom in South Dakota.
 

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Deadwood is a fun town if things are open. Nice scenery there and throughout the Black Hills. Mount Moriah Cemetery is open to the public, and you can see the gravesites for Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Custer State Park will be a good place to maybe see bison. Drive through The Needles for a spectacular time. Mt Rushmore is a National Monument, and the grounds are open right now. I think their Visitors Center is closed, as is the evening fireworks show. But the grounds are open. See their site: https://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

Have fun!
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I am limit up with this whole SIP thing and decided I need to get the heck out of Illinois before I lose my mind. Decided that S. Dakota looks about as "free" and welcoming as anywhere in the US right now. I have never had a desire to visit S. Dakota, but now I am going and am excited. Just going for a long weekend in 2 weeks. Me & my daughter. Staying in Deadwood. Lodging is open. State parks are open. Scenery looks beautiful and I hope to see a bison or two.

Oh -- my daughter does NOT want to look at any colleges while we are there.

Nice. Enjoy!

Say, you aren’t alone wanting to leave Illinois (although temporary)

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The Governers wife did Horse back riding in Florida seemed like a great idea.;)
Funny you should bring this up. In IL, the governor's executive order bans "non-essential" travel. Then we find out this week that Pritzker's wife & daughter travelled to FL to stay at their big horse farm. The hypocrisy is off the charts and made me so angry. Apparently, rules are for the "little people" As a result, I decided, well, I'll travel too!

I talked to the Inn keeper in SD. She said that restaurants are not open except for take out service but that may change by the time I get out there . There is a rumor that things may open by 5/13. I really don't care. The fact that their state parks are open is enough for me. We can't even do that in IL.

I honestly feel like I'm being strangled. And not by a virus.
 

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The black hills are a great getaway. Just having something to look forward to helps. I’m hoping we can get through the other side of this HS semester and escape to a lake for a week or so.

If you make it to Custer State Park, check out Sylvan Lake. Not quite Lake Michigan, but it is beautiful with land formations and very clear water. It’s where the end of the movie National Treasure (Nicholas Cage) was filmed.

Lower your expectations for “restaurants” in the Black Hills. Lots of comfort food, at least 8 or so years ago.

And (lol) on the college visit veto.
 
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I talked to the Inn keeper in SD. She said that restaurants are not open except for take out service but that may change by the time I get out there . There is a rumor that things may open by 5/13. I really don't care. The fact that their state parks are open is enough for me. We can't even do that in IL.

I honestly feel like I'm being strangled. And not by a virus.

The things I named in my post above are things you can do while maintaining social distancing. If you can deal with only take out food, you can certainly occupy yourself well in that area. It's a nice place to visit. Drive by the Crazy Horse monument. Pretty awesome view too, if you have a long lens camera and stop down on the road. (Kind of a ripoff to pay to go in, if it's open.)

East of Rapid City is Badlands National Park, another awesome place, if you want to take a side trip off the freeway.

Dave
 

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I suspect that you ignored me after our unfortunate tit-a-tat (mea culpa), so you may not see this post. But if you do - grant me a moment of memoir to accompany a travel suggestion ..........

In 1998 - the year my Dad died - my youngest child, DS3, and I did a road trip from Washington, where we live, to western Minnesota, where my parents were living. My Dad was in advanced Alzheimer's, and it was the last time we saw him alive. We were there the first week of August, for my Dad's Birthday. At that stage he had regressed mentally to a stage where he didn't know who I was, let alone any of my children. But he seemed to know that his birthday was coming and I can't say he rallied. But it did seem that his decline arrested in the leadup to his birthday. There was even a moment when I thought he remembered that I was his son, and with that he briefly realized that DS3 standing in front of him was his grandchild. Didn't last for more than a few minutes though. Within a week of that event he entered into a steep decline, and was dead within one month.

That's a bit of digression but it is a bit of a lead-in. On the way out to MN, we took the north route, I-94 through North Dakota. Yosemite, Black Hills, On the return we came via I-90, through South Dakota and SE Wyoming. I had long wanted to see Wounded Knee, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Ever since I was in grade school the Little Big Horn story fascinated me - and especially so after I was old enough to realize that Custer probably got what he deserved.

I was struck by the contrast between Wounded Knee and Little Big Horn. Skipping over details and polemics, in my estimation Wounded Knee is of at least equal importance to Little Big Horn in the history of native tribal relations in the Mountain West. Little Big Horn was the big triumph of the native peoples in the expansion conflicts. Wounded Knee was the death knell.

But Little Big Horn is a National Monument, under the National Park Service, while Wounded Knee is simply a crossroads and cemetery in one of the most impoverished areas in the US. Yet everyday, the residents placed fresh flowers at their monument.

Wounded Knee isn't a National Monument, but it is their monument. They remember, well over a century later.

So, if you are SoDaking, I suggest doing some research and a visit to Pine Ridge and Wounded Knee. And I'm pretty sure there are not any 4-yr colleges to visit on the reservation.
 
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I am limit up with this whole SIP thing and decided I need to get the heck out of Illinois before I lose my mind. Decided that S. Dakota looks about as "free" and welcoming as anywhere in the US right now. I have never had a desire to visit S. Dakota, but now I am going and am excited. Just going for a long weekend in 2 weeks. Me & my daughter. Staying in Deadwood. Lodging is open. State parks are open. Scenery looks beautiful and I hope to see a bison or two.

Oh -- my daughter does NOT want to look at any colleges while we are there.

you're close to Sturgis - nice little town

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We had a wonderful trip to the black hills to the timeshare in lead. We drove, so did the stops on the way, the Corn Palace, Wall Drugs, badlands. We took a fantastic all day tour in a small van, saw so many sites, we were picked up at resort and returned 12 hours later. After seeing Mount Rushmore, sitting bull site, Custer state park, etc. We also explored Wind Cave, drove to Devils Tower in a Wyoming, Spearfish Canyon, Sturgis, and had a lot of fun in tombstone, touring cemetery, old houses, and seeing a rodeo parade. This was a memorable trip, it was one month after extensive surgery for cancer, I was weak but determined to go, if you are flying, then make sure to make the side trips, especially Badlands
 

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Hello friends . I love all of your comments. I must confess ignorance that I did not fully appreciate all that SD had to offer until I started looking into this. I love nature and natural beauty so I think this is going to be a good trip. And @geekette -- I honestly wish we were staying a bit longer now that I'm digging into this some more!

We are staying at a B&B in Deadwood. I am NOT a B&B kind of person. I told my daughter where we were staying and I thought she'd make some snide comment but she said "Sounds nice, might be good to have some other people to talk to". HAHAHAHA - love it. And she's right.

One of my all time favorite movies is "The Rider" which was filmed in the Badlands, so now that has piqued my interest. If any of you are looking for a great movie to watch during all of this , I highly recommend.

And I thought about checking out De Smet (who out there knows why I might want to see that?) - but way on the other side of the state.

@T_R_Oglodyte Thank you for your comments. I am not ignoring you! Your story about your dad touched me. My mother has dementia and lives in an assisted living facility, 5 mins from my house. It's killing me that no one other than staff has seen her for 8 weeks now. And God knows when that will end. I am bracing myself our first visit. I'm so angry that my mother is in the sunset years of her life and am prevented from seeing her. I'm not angry at her facility. I understand and respect it. Just angry at the whole situation, if that makes sense. I am now interested in checking out Wounded Knee when we go through the Badlands. Thank you!
 

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I am limit up with this whole SIP thing and decided I need to get the heck out of Illinois before I lose my mind. Decided that S. Dakota looks about as "free" and welcoming as anywhere in the US right now. I have never had a desire to visit S. Dakota, but now I am going and am excited. Just going for a long weekend in 2 weeks. Me & my daughter. Staying in Deadwood. Lodging is open. State parks are open. Scenery looks beautiful and I hope to see a bison or two.

Oh -- my daughter does NOT want to look at any colleges while we are there.

This was the next place on our bucket list actually! Can’t wait to hear how it went! Enjoy!
 

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My grandsons other grandfather was born on pine ridge reservation, not sure if he was full American Indian, half, or one quarter. Apparently abused, and placed in orphanage at age 11. Horrible conditions there.
 

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Are the National Parks and historical sites opened though? Those are Federal, not state.

Ex: Here in NH the National Forest service shut down all the trailheads, while the state is keeping the state parks opened.
 

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@WinniWoman The national parks are NOT open -- you are correct. But their state parks are , which is a step up from what we have here in IL. We are going to have to adapt on this little trip in regards to closures, but there is enough open that we can drive, hike, and see some scenery. And eat meals out of the car ;)
 

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We actually drove up a few days ago and the Badlands National Park was open and was our favorite part of the trip. We stopped and saw Mt Rushmore as well. Most stuff was closed around Mt Rushmore but a few gift shops were open in the nearby town of Keystone. We stayed in Rapid City at a Home 2 Suites and the water park was open for hotel guests. I actually wish we had stayed a little longer. It was nice to get away. We are in Colorado and our ‘stay home’ orders ended, but I still didn’t admit to hardly anyone we went somewhere, because I figured most people would be mad at us right now for that. It’s such a weird and difficult time for everyone.
 

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@WinniWoman The national parks are NOT open -- you are correct. But their state parks are , which is a step up from what we have here in IL. We are going to have to adapt on this little trip in regards to closures, but there is enough open that we can drive, hike, and see some scenery. And eat meals out of the car ;)

You’ll have a great time. My simplest trips have been the most memorable. I think my favourite was when I camped on the beaches in Kauai. 3 bucks a night and I had the best views anyone could imagine. Best of all, I met some wonderful locales and shared plenty of stories with them. Travel need not be pricey or fancy to be completely enjoyable or memorable.


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We are going to be there for a VERY short trip -- now I'm wishing I was going for a longer period of time. I will report back!

Traveling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, 'I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station. :wave:
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