Traveling on I-90 through South Dakota provides some remarkable scenery. In addition to the natural wonders of the state, one man-made marvel really stands out. Near Chamberlain at Exit 294 you’ll see the signs for a rest area with a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. As you exit the interstate and drive up a decent slope you see a very large stainless steel sculpture with a geometric pattern. Then you soon realize that it is a star quilt being held by a beautiful Native American woman.
The star pattern
Note the size of the person on the left to give you an idea of how large the sculpture is
This is the statue titled “Dignity of Earth and Sky”. The creation of South Dakota Artist Laureate Dale Claude Lamphere is a magnificent example of very large scale public art. The statue represents the courage and wisdom of the Lakota and Dakota people who come from the area. The star quilt pattern is traditionally used to honor people or peoples.
We enjoyed our rest stop. Oh, and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center? Well, it was closed for the season, to reopen mid-May, 2019. We were there mid-October. At least the restrooms were still open for those without their own facilities in their RV.
Two sections of the Berlin Wall
Today, November 9th, is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Google Doodle tipped me off or I would not have known. We came through Rapid City SD last summer, and we spotted an interesting bit of history that applies to today’s landmark.
We were just driving around checking out the town and spotted a sign in a park next to the convention center that said “The Berlin Wall”. There is a memorial to the history of the divided city and the ultimate fall of Communism and the tearing down of the wall.
There are two sections of the original Berlin Wall displayed along with information filled plaques, signs and even old tank traps that were once used at Check Point Charlie, the only gate between East and West Berlin during the times of the divided city.
If you travel through the Rapid City area on your way to Mt. Rushmore, take a few minutes and go see this memorial. It is worth the time.
An ominous sign back then…
Beautiful views abound in the Mt. Rushmore area. As first time visitors Sher and I we just in awe of the majesty of this area of the country.
The splendor of the land is almost overwhelming. It leaves one speechless!
The info sign tells why you can see George in profile from the Norbeck Parkway.
Seems plans do change even for George.
The tree seemed to be the guard of the cliff overlooking the area.
The sun was out and shining bright.
A profile of George at Mt. Rushmore.
This is visible on the Norbeck Parkway.
That looks like a robot in the center.
Amazing that it still stands.
If you are traveling in an RV on I-90 in South Dakota plan on a stop at Exit 332 at Mitchell. There, right off the interstate, you will find the The R&R Campground and RV Park. It is tucked behind the Super 8 Motel, and shares the heated pool. The campground is open May through September.
Easy driving on level roads and site pads
This comfortable facility honors either Passport America or Good Sam Club membership discounts. The park has 35 pull through sites and 5 back in sites. Full hook ups are available in the pull through sites. Some tent sites are also available.The campground roads and RV pads are gravel and level. Grass lawn and picnic tables are part of the rental spots. The design of the park allows for easy maneuvering of any size rig. The dump station drain is set at a low level allowing for easy waste water dumping if you choose to use it.
The restrooms and showers are clean. The laundry facility is in the same building as the office and is also clean by the most particular standards. The office has a library and offers some ice cream and even beer and wine for sale. The advertised free internet was fully functional in the office, however we were not able to get online in our trailer. Management admitted that there were problems due for repair. There is more information at the campground page of the Super 8 website.
We would recommend this as a stop. I will take the management’s word that the WIFi would soon be fixed.
Three Flags RV Campground in Black Hawk, South Dakota is unique in more than one way. The owner/managers, Vickie and John, are perhaps the nicest hosts we have encountered at any RV park. One service that Vickie and John provide to Passport America members is anytime use of the PA discount. You heard me right. Your PA discount is honored at Three Flags RV park any day of the week, even weekends. Most PA member campgrounds restrict the discount rate to Sunday through Thursday nights. Three Flags puts no restriction on days or even the number of days. Want to stay a week? Your Passport America discount is good for all the nights you stay.
Hosts John and Vickie
Tent camping with electric and a shelter
Understandably the only times PA discounts are not honored is during the huge motorcycle rally at Sturgis. This rally happens each year in early August, and sees over 100,000 bikers converge on the area.
Large big rig pull through sites
Located right off I-90 in Black Hawk, South Dakota, this park provides many different sites for everything from big rigs to tent camping. The park is located between Rapid City and Sturgis. Full hookups, including free cable TV are available at many sites. No need to block up your wheels, as the site we had was perfectly level. The park offers free WiFi, clean restrooms, showers, and laundry and propane tank filling station next to the dump station.
I would highly recommend that Passport America members visit the Three Flags park. You will not be disappointed. Check their website for any and all details.
One thing we have discovered about Roadtirement is that timing is sometimes everything. We hit perfect timing when we visited Mt. Rushmore. We were there on a Sunday in late August a week before Labor Day. The traffic was minimal, and the vehicle pull off on Route 244 where you can see George Washington’s face in profile was nearly void of cars.
All to ourselves!
Sure there were some vehicles that pulled in to the turn off, but very few stayed for any length of time. It seemed like we had that beautiful slice of Mt. Rushmore all to ourselves.