The morning was looking gloomy in the Badlands with a threat of rain. Not conducive to a walk in the park, an alternative side trip was decided upon: Head south to the Pine River Indian Reservation for a visit to the Wounded Knee Memorial. We drove for an hour through country most tourists probably never see to the town of Wounded Knee. Not a whole lot to see: a simple cemetery that includes a common grave for the 72 Sioux that were massacred by the US Army in 1892 and a visitor’s center in a rustic hogan just below the cemetery. The center consists mostly of pictures and newspaper articles that focus on the second Wounded Knee uprising in 1973.
Our long day of driving ended at the gambling mecca of Deadwood. If you’re hoping for exciting stories of travel money won and lost in the casinos, well, sorry but we actually spent an entire night in Deadwood without pulling the arm of a single slot machine. Yes, we’re pretty boring, but gambling away our hard-earned cash is just not our thing. While looking for a restaurant, we did stumble into Saloon 10, where Wild Bill Hickock was shot and killed, which was kind of cool I suppose.