Four days. Two national parks. 2,000 miles. $400. And the World's Largest Holstein Cow.
Crazy, right? That much distance, that little time, and that low of a cost? And I thought it was going to be more money! As you can probably tell from my last blog post, I enjoy traveling. And I like to do it as low-cost as possible. It's a challenge, and I love a good challenge.
Earlier this year, a friend and fellow travel bug approached me asking if I wanted to do a trip with her. The trips we've done together have always been in larger groups overseas, so this would be a different trip for the two of us. From there, the planning began and we settled on camping in North and South Dakota.
For our trip, we purchased a lot of goods ahead of time/already had some goods we brought with us. My friend had a tent, cots for sleeping and some other camping gear. We worked together to purchase food to bring with on our trip . We prepped meals to bring with us, figured out some healthy (and unhealthy, let's me honest) snacks to bring with, prepped our playlists with the widest variety of music you can imagine, and set out on our adventure! The back of her car was so packed, you couldn't see out the back of it.
Day One - Somewhere in Minnesota
So day one wasn't much of a trip. We left in the late afternoon and made a stop in Minnesota to stay the night. Oh, and we got pulled over on the way there. For going two miles/hour over the speed limit. For our first night, we learned how to work together at pitching the tent. I hadn't pitched a tent in probably 12 years, but we managed to get it down. We pretty much went to bed right away. This was the best night of sleep we would get the whole trip (and the warmest).
Day Two - Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Day Three - Deadwood Forest & Mount Rushmore
All in All
Even though sleeping 2/3 nights was slightly miserable, this trip was unforgettable. I would do it again in a heartbeat, maybe just not in October. The Dakotas have so much to offer. The views are indescribable, the natural world is gorgeous, and they don't make bad wine either. If you ever have a chance to camp in the Dakotas, I highly recommend it. If you split costs with a friend, you can make a trip for as little as $200/person, including gas, camping fees, food, and souvenir shopping.
Happy camping, friends!