After a good visit with Jan and her family, we set off for South Dakota. It was an easy trip. John and I split the driving, and at the end of the day we pulled into Tower Campground space #313 in Sioux Falls, SD. Sioux Falls looks like a nice place to spend a couple of days, but we only saw the campground and their fantastic dog park. The pups had a good time, and early the next morning we were off again.
I again helped with the driving, while John took a turn with the camera. He got these nice shots through the window as we trucked on (sorry, I couldn't help myself) down the road.
... and a few miles farther south to another campground where we have stayed before, the White River KOA. We like the shade, the nice, big RV spaces and the friendly staff. The dogs like their large doggie exercise area.
Wednesday morning we were off again, reversing our path through the park.
The floor is hard-packed dirt. The upper exterior walls were made of buffalo grass sod cut with a “sodbuster” plow into strips 12 to 18 inches wide and three inches deep. Two rows of sod were usually arranged parallel, making the walls approximately 24 inches thick. Except for a small section by the window, all the the sod in the house is original...over 100 years old and still holding up the roof! The large cottonwood roof beans are also original, as is the log front.
Like the unique white squirrels I saw earlier this year in North Carolina, these little guys are not albinos. They're just white. They are said to be descended from one white prairie dog caught on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and given to the Prairie Homestead by an officer of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The prairie dogs were everywhere, giving their shrill “alarm” call and dashing into their burrows if we got too close. It’s a good thing we left the dogs in the truck!