Day 4 – Albert’s Birthday

Today is Albert’s 24th birthday.

Today We drove from Council Bluffs, IA to Sioux Falls, SD.  We stopped at the COSTCO in Sioux Falls and filled up with gas and did a little shopping.

While standing in line at the check-out, Shari asked the women in line behind us if there were any good restaurants nearby.  She suggested Johnny Carino’s.  It was just a couple of miles away, so we drove over there.  Fortunately, they were offering dine-in service with tables inside or on the patio.  Since it was such a gorgeous day, we chose to eat outside on the patio.  The food was good and the service was attentive.  Since is was his birthday, they brought Albert a piece of chocolate cake.  I order a slice of Italian lemon cream cake for Shari and I to share.

After lunch we headed for Badlands National Park near Wall, SD.  It was after 5:00 when we arrived.  The park was not crowded.  Our first stop was an overlook.  Next we drove the scenic drive through the park towards Wall, SD.  At the start of our drive we were greeted by a group of locals.  Four Bighorn sheep were grazing just off the road.  It was a beautiful landscape, but not any I’ve seen before.

Once in Wall, SD we drove around town to get a feel for the town.  After looking at a few hotels, we settled on the Best Western.  We check in and got settled for the night.  Since it has been a long day in the car and we had a big lunch, there was not any enthusiasm for going out to dinner.  We opened a bottle of the wine we bought at COSTCO and had snacks in the room for dinner.

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