Fran and Bunt's Western Adventure - Part 7

This post is the seventh in a 10 part series on a trip that my mother and my aunt took to the western part of the United States back in 1990.

At this point in her life my mother, Fran, was recovering from complications with her legs and other health issues. She was recently retired from an admitting clerk position she held at a local hospital. Both her and my Auntie Bunt, my father's sister, were very good friends and both widows. They were also very adventurous...

June 14 1990 Thursday Day 17

9 am cold, cloudy, mileage 9377, no brake sound so far this morning. There's lots of fat juicy prime rib on the mountain sides. We stopped at Fort Phil Kearny in Story, Wyoming. We saw llama in the fields.deer in the road, and magpies and red wing blackbirds. We went to Bradford Brinton Memorial Ranch. Its a rich mans ranch with beautiful home, grounds and an art gallery in Bog Horn WY. On to Sheridan, WY. Where we had lunch at Wendys. We walked around downtown Sheridan and downtown Buffalo. We pumped our own gas and washed the windows. Were getting to be seasoned travelers. Finally, the brakes are making to much noise and were getting quite uncomfortable so i called the emergency number (800-654-5060) at 5:30pm and I talked to a very pleasant lady named Joan at Hertz in Gillette, WY. She arranged for us to pick up a Toyota Camery in Gillette at noon time the next day at Campbell County Airport 2000 airport rd. Gillette WY tel 686-0550. At 3:30pm its 49 degrees. 94 miles today.
Bunt
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Fran and Bunt

June 15 1990 Friday Day 18

Mileage 9471. Bunt just paid our motel room for two nights $106.00, nice room . We saw many sheep and three antelope or pronhorns near the road at Dead Horse Creek. We had breakfast at Hardy's cost $2.90 for two, cheap! We found the place to change our Ford Tempo which we had driven 2558 miles. Mileage on pickup was 6990 and we turned it in with mileage at 9548. From Gillette to Devils Tower we drove 60 miles in our 1990 toyota camery. No charge or problem turning in the Ford. We watched people rappelling that huge tower. I hope they are enjoying it. I'm just glad its not me, we saw a deer laying down in the brush but very near the road. We also saw 4 prairie dogs and then 3 deer passed in front of the car while mother deer stayed on the left side and watched then. We arrived in Rapid City, SD at 7:00pm to stay at the BW Town and Country $60 plus.Delus poached salmon dinner at Colonial House Restaurant adjacent to motel. I called Laurie (Fran's daughter) but she wasn't home so I left a message. I had another bad night with leg cramps.


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June 16 1990 Saturday Day 19

This Best Western Motel is quite a complex. Our room is on a hill with a patio on the front but our back door is on the same level as our car, very convenient. A mean cloudy rainy day but we started for Mount Rushmore anyway. The sun cane out for us to view our presidents carved in stone while we ate our breakfast. We shopped at Keystone, SD, a real western town, another tourist trap. Bunt bought a beautiful black hills gold ring. In between us running from store to store in the rain. We had a great ride through bear country ($6:50 for two) where we saw many bear playing, sleeping, and running about in their on habitant, also bear cubs, bobcats, bison, antelope, deer, big horn goats, moose red fox, sheep, turkeys and ducks. We bought gas in hill city (12:00) on our way to Crazy Horse (8:00 for two). We thought we got taken maybe some day the carving in stone of Crazy Horse but it was hard to decipher, we also decided not to go into a cavern after we had driven on a long, lonely, entrance to it. We went back to Rapid City and our motel. We are still seeing lilacs in bloom.



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