We have a winner!
I guess the contest was harder than I thought. Since I knew that I was going to South Dakota (and a bit of Wyoming), I thought my clues were pretty easy. But I suppose it helps to know what's in South Dakota and I forgot that I didn't know much about it myself until I started planning this trip a little over a week ago.
Chris La Tray figured it all out though and nailed five out of my nine clues. Congratulations, Chris! Email me with your shipping address and I'll get your prizes in the mail right away.
Here are the answers:
Wall Drug (Wall, South Dakota)
Where - yes - they have a gorilla playing a piano. And a jackalope you can sort of ride. And all other sorts of tacky, Western, touristy stuff. And the coolest dinosaur gift shop I've ever been in.
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Where Richard Dreyfuss got on a spaceship.
Deadwood, South Dakota
Where Wild Bill Hickok was killed and Ian McShane became famous.
Crazy Horse Memorial (Black Hills, South Dakota)
Probably the biggest, most pleasant surprise of the trip for me. I sort of fell in love with the place.
The Mammoth Site (Hot Springs, South Dakota)
Where you can dig for mammoth fossils and stick your hand up a mammoth (puppet's) butt.
Custer State Park, South Dakota
Home of wild bison herds and the most amazing scenery I've ever witnessed.
Mount Rushmore (Black Hills, South Dakota)
Where you learn how cool Teddy Roosevelt really was.
The Badlands, South Dakota
Unfortunately, I didn't get to lasso any werewolves while crossing a swinging bridge on my motorcycle. Did have an awesome Fourth of July though.
The Corn Palace (Mitchell, South Dakota)
We didn't even get out of the car for this one, but it's one of those things that you're supposed to see when you go through South Dakota, so we saw it. It's a community center with corn-covered walls.
That's the trip in a nutshell. I've got tons more pictures up at Flickr, so if you've got some time to kill, you can check that out. I've narrated the whole thing in the photos' comments, so it'll be like if I invited you over for dinner and forced you to watch my vacation slides. Only without the benefit of your getting dinner. Still, it was an excellent, pretty much flawless trip and I'm happy to share it with you if you've got the time.
That's it for today. It took me forever to set up that Flickr set. Tomorrow I'll start getting caught up on news and other stuff.