Well, today was the day of patience and flexibility. Everything that we planned to do today, changed.
We set out with the plan of going to Pinky’s, the convenient store in Manderson, SD. We were going to set up out side and have a block party. But, when we got there the wind was blowing like CRAZY!!!!!! The gravel dust was blowing across the parking lot. So, we went inside to see if we could set up in there. But, it was the day of their shipment. So we left, after some of our group bought homemade burritos from a guy in the parking lot. Then at 3pm, we were suppose to go horseback riding. But, then again the wind was so bad we had to cancel. But, we do plan on doing both of these tomorrow.
So instead, today we went to the Porcupine Clinic to drop off a ton of donations. Then after the clinic we went to the prairie dog colony. We were not able to see many of them, but we did see some. Since we were making our agenda up as we were going today, we decided that we needed some leisure time at the “resort”, which was very nice to be able to sit for a hour. At 3pm we went to Rosie’s to see what everyone else was up to. Julie then decided that it was a great time to go see the Badlands. We stopped at the White River Badlands Visitor Center. The park ranger, Marcel did an amazing job talking to us. He talked to us about the Lakota medicine wheel and the importance of it. Then he sang us a song! It was so neat, we were all just mesmerized by it. I do have this on video, but he asked up not to post it on the internet because he came up with this song after talking to us. Such a neat experience! After the visitor center, we went for a drive. The Badlands is absolutely AMAZING! No picture or description would do it justice. This is just something that everyone needs to experience for themselves.
At 6pm we went back to Rosie’s for dinner and sat and talked for a while. Some of the group went for a hike, but I stayed back because of not feeling well from the car ride. When everyone was done hiking, we met for our evening meeting.
Today we did not get to do much with the people, but it was still an amazing day! After driving all over, I see why people are not able to go to the doctor. When we were in the Badlands, Julie was saying how people live out there. It just amazes me! Next time I get in the car and complain about my drive, I need to stop and realize that I have an amazing life.
Ok, enough for now. I am actually tired tonight, so I am going to bed.