“Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now.” (Me neither)
I really wanted to write on Tuesday night, but I was just too sick. If I had written a post, it would have been titled: "Terrifically Terrible Tuesday". To help you understand Tuesday, I need to take you all the way back to the previous Wednesday. We had a wonderful service that evening with our dear friends in Waukegan, Illinois. I noticed as I prepared for bed that I was coming down with a cold. Thursday I was a little worse, but we were able to have breakfast with the Dingmans. They have been there with us through some very difficult times. Friday I was a little stuffier and my cough was not good. It didn't stop us from having a wonderful dinner with the Petricks. Saturday we packed up and headed to Minnesota to visit Rochester Baptist Church, another group of people that have encouraged us to keep going during dark days. By Sunday night, I was in bed and didn't make it to the evening service. Monday dawned and we headed toward Custer, South Dakota, determined to camp no matter what. After 10 hours of driving, we finally set up camp and headed to bed. The air was cold and damp. I think the snow must have melted the day before.
Now we arrive to ....... Tuesday! I woke up sneezing, coughing, and with a terrible headache. This was NOT good timing to be sick! We had friends from the U.P. of Michigan that were passing through Custer on their way back home from Montana. Both of us had planned to spend that Tuesday seeing the sights and were excited about doing it together. The campground host gave us wrong directions to Mount Rushmore and what should have taken 40 minutes, took us almost 90! In the end it didn't matter, our friends waited for us and we had a wonderful reunion! After seeing the Presidents, we headed to Crazy Horse. It just happened that that day they were having the sculptors wife's memorial service so they weren't charging an entrance fee. It is usually $11 per person which we didn't know until we arrived at the parking booth. To be honest, we just didn't have the money and were thinking of turning around when the attendant told us it was free! We got parked and then watched as they set off a blast to take some of the stone off the monument they are sculpting. They don't do it every day, but again it was in honor of the sculptors wife. We really enjoyed walking around the museum. I was starting to get hungry and remembered that the parking attendant told us there would be food today. Sure enough, we all ate free. That was such a blessing. I was happy to be with our friends, but my head hurt so bad.
We said our goodbyes after lunch and headed back to the campground. Randy knew how sick I was and had decided that we had to go to a hotel for the night. We stopped at a one to check on the cost. When Randy came back to the car he told me that we were under a tornado and severe thunderstorm warning. We hurried to the tent site to try and get it down before the storm came. Sorry to say we didn't make it. About a half a mile away the hail started. It came down for 30 minutes and looked like someone had thrown large white stones all over the road. We limped to the campsite in the car and sat watching as the hail stones pelted the tent. An hour passed and we were able to hurriedly take the tent down and throw it into the car before the storm started up again. By this time, I knew I had to see a doctor. Randy called a hotel and made a reservation and then we drove south 25 miles to a VA hospital. Only an hour after we arrived, we left with antibiotics in hand. It was still a 50 minute drive back to the hotel. I was never so happy to shower and crawl into a dry bed. India was easier. I am NOT joking!
I spent the next day tucked in bed. Late Wednesday night I was feeling a little better and so at 10 pm we drove the three miles to Mount Rushmore. Everyone was leaving, but they stay open until 11. It was a beautiful evening and there was only one other couple viewing the monument. I was so glad that the Lord was restoring my health. Thursday we drove around Custer State Park. If you ever get the chance, go to this park!! It is one of the best state parks we have ever been to. We took the wildlife loop and got to see bison, pronghorns, prairie dogs (and yes they bark!), burros, and my favorite - mountain bluebirds! We stopped at Stockade Lake for lunch and roasted hot dogs over a campfire. It was wonderful to just sit in the shade listening to the wind in the trees and enjoying the beautiful sunny day. After lunch, we leisurely drove back to the hotel. Friday morning we woke up early, packed the car, and headed for Wall, SD, to see Wall Drugs and have a 5 cent cup of coffee. (I'm glad it didn't cost more than that! It wasn't my favorite). We are now in Aberdeen for a meeting at one of our supporting churches and I am feeling 350% better!
|Photo-Bombed by the Presidents!|
I guess that about covers the week. Looking back, Tuesday wasn't really that terrible.............just a little. We did enjoy the journey, but are glad that some of the road bumps are behind us. Monday we head for Minneapolis to see my Dad and my Madrasta.
|"Don't say it's a fine morning..."|
|They actually bark!|
|The Grill Master!|
|The "Fifth" President|
|We made it!|
|I got to ride a Jackalope!!!!!!|
|Our Dove saying the day at Stockade Lake! Great advice for any journey!|