Quote(s) of the Day:
"I could fit in the urinal!" -Joab, upon returning from the men's room (he assured us that he did not go in)
"You and your condensation, Patty." -Freesia
"Let's get some popcorn. This is some action!" -Arrianna, after Patty made a comment she had to apologize for
We woke up at an unGodly hour (in God's country of all places), but we didn't have a phone on us so we didn't know until it was too late. Kristine's sister baked chocolate chip muffins and cranberry orange bread for breakfast. It was delicious. She also packed up the rest of the peanut butter fingers for our trip, although Julie and the kids were doubtful that Patty would let them have any. The kids played out in the yard for a bit before risking life and limb to wake up Kristine. Then we headed out for a long day of driving.
It took a couple of hours to get out of Iowa. Freesia used the time to finish the first of her summer reading books. Julie snuck the kids (and herself) some peanut butter fingers when we stopped at a gas station, and Julie locked the van so that everyone could get their piece before Patty could stop the unhealthiness. South Dakota was a lot greener than we thought it would be, but not as pretty as Iowa. It looked kind of scruffy until we hit the Missouri River, but the kids missed all of that. They passed out, along with Patty, for a two hour nap. Since the kids were sleeping, we ignored most of the billboards advertising all kinds of tourist traps.
We stopped at a local "AAA Approved" restaurant (whatever that means) where all of the quotes of the day came from. The kids were just cranking them out. Julie fulfilled one of her trip goals by having a slice of homemade rhubarb pie, and the kids all had ice cream (Patty must have forgotten about the peanut butter incident, but she was happy to get some more sunflower seeds).
We gained another hour of time heading toward Rapid City, so the kids had time to swim in the hotel pool before bed.
Total Driving Miles/Time:
Julie: 2326 miles
Patty: 15 (seconds)