Monday, June 24, 2013

Old West Day 1: Rapid City, Berlin Wall, and The Journey Museum

Rapid City, South Dakota (or as our tour guide, Marilyn, says "sow-dakoda").
Love the Rapid City airport! Easy to navigate with easy shuttle to the motel (included in our package).  Arriving early for a 4:30 PM program start, I had plenty of time to check in and walk the four blocks from hotel to downtown.
Rapid City styles itself City of Presidents.  Not content with the four presidential heads at nearby Mt. Rushmore, Rapid City commissioned life-sized statues of all the presidents, which are installed outdoors in the small downtown area.

Here's where I met Bob and Vera and Evelyn and Eleanor
Dinner for me was Firehouse Brewing Company Restaurant, recommended by the hotel clerk.  The food was fine but service (upstairs) was slow.

We took a taxi back to the hotel (about $6), where I met my roommate.  One of the benefits of Road Scholar for single travelers is that there's no need to pay a single supplement if you are willing to share a room.  Of course you are matched for gender, but the rest is random.  I was very happy with my roommate, and would definitely do this again.

After a short Road Scholar welcome in the hotel's meeting room, we all piled on the bus for a short jaunt to a couple local sites, the Berlin Wall, and The Journey Museum.

I'm of the generation who remembers both the construction and removal of the Wall.
"Something there is that doesn't love a wall, that wants it down."  - Robert Frost

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