Thursday, July 05, 2012

Day 6 Rapid City, Mount Rushmore

Now the gang gets bigger, Satheesh, Vivek and Naren landed around 1' O clock and we didn't waste any time and started driving towards Omaha. They all were hungry and wanted to have their dinner and almost all smart phones were searching for places to eat. It was almost 4 am when we stopped at a restaurant and it looked like where all the truckers would eat. We ordered  food and when it arrived to the table it looked like 10 persons meal. It's not that we ordered more, it's the quantity that they gave us was huge. V & N has introduced me to the app (app allows you to check-in the places that you have been and credit points for that) and then the fun part starts. Literally I was checking in every exit along the highway and I reached 100 points in no time. On the way we stopped to take few pictures of sunrise and it was one the memorable sunrises I have seen recently. Mists covering the corn fields and as soon as the lights started coming up the mists were moving was a beautiful scene to watch.

After we entered into SD we stopped at a rest area and the west coast guys were surprised by the way it was constructed including the dog playing area. Still Tennessee beats all of them. We started driving at I-90 west and the was so beautiful. All the ranches and Hay bales along the road was pleasing to watch ( some of the windows screen savers might have been take from here) . We stopped at a restaurant for food at 11ish and had a good meal. Everyone was watching our table since we were little louder but most likely the reason they were watching us was we looked like aliens in that area. V is a vegetarian and wherever he asked something in vegetarian all looked like Really??? But he always manages to find something to eat no matter where we go.

While enjoying the ride on I-90 we reached Rapid City 2 hour earlier than we had planned. We reached RC around 2ish and went to our Friend Senthil's home and met his Family. In our car we had more luggage's than free places to sit, so we decided to take his SUV and go to Mount Rushmore. It was a familiar place for me, but this time the weather is good and we got more time to take a hike around that area and able to get some close shots of the presidents. We also took the tour that the ranger has offered and we were getting more history lessons. On the way back we were able to witness Senthi's skillful driving and also found a place to camp that night. Though we know about Senthi's hospitality we didn't expected so much food that they have prepared for us. Chicken, Deer, Biriyani and also marinated chicken for BBQ. Completely overwhelmed and for Vivek it's was just a sub from Subway  and few corn's.

We had so much of fun at the camp site like talking about lot of old stories. While enjoying good food and no one has felt any tiredness though we were driving for the whole day. We know we had to leave early to reach Yellowstone next day but that didn't stop us having fun till mid night. The weather was pretty cold but it was not bad enough to stop of our sleep.

I only took few photo's this day and here are those few,

Next day towards Yellow stone and everyone has a biggggg expectation for that place.