We arrived in South Dakota overnight because Paula's Mother and Aunt had driven in, and wanted to meet up with us to see the local area and to come to our show. Our plan was to head out early to see Mt. Rushmore and still have time to make it to our show in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.
Ever been to Mt. Rushmore?
BUT- speaking of history, here's the coolest part. See this guy in the photo with us?
Have you ever held history in your hands? Look at this:
Mt. Rushmore was something we'll never forget and we hope to return soon. We're so blessed to have this opportunity to show the kids so many American landmarks in one summer!
So, we went on and had lunch at a Taco Bell. My sharp-eyed daughter noticed something that I had suspected all along. See this trash bin?
This seriously has to be one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
We headed on to Belle Fourche. We made a stop for gas in Sturgis, the home of the annual motorcycle rally. Even though this wasn't quite the time of year when the bikers all converge on the area, it was clear that this town was 100% built on all things motorcycle!
Upon arriving in Belle Fourche, we met with Tim, the Pastor of the church. He told us that before we set up our show, that we needed to get a photo at a local landmark:
We headed back to the church and were greeted by a family that came over to help us load in. Now, we have several big road cases, two of which have to be over 300 lbs. We were faced with a dilemna, as there were stairs leading to the door and no other way around. Jason (our helper) mentioned that he had some ramps, which he kindly went to get, and we got the cases up the stairs fairly easily. Jason is the kind of of guy who grabs something and moves it, no questions asked.
After we had all the gear inside, Jason says that he didn't know how much more we wanted to put in the trailer, but if we wanted those ramps, we were welcome to them! Seriously? Awesome!
The folks at the church treated us to pizza (and ice cream for afterward)! We were shown incredible hospitality. Our show went great! Pastor Tim gave us an entertaining introduction and we had fun with the crowd.
Then it was time to load out. Put everything back in the trailer and drive on, right? Well... we backed trailer into position, only to find that we had no power to the trailer lights or brakes. Here's why:
So, we drove on to Bismarck, North Dakota and arrived at 6:15 AM, thanks to losing another hour to the changing time zone (gotta love late check out times in good hotels). We're preparing to head on to Valley City for our show tonight. Getting closer to the east with every show!