We crossed the border back to the US and headed Southwest along Lake Erie. We went through Pennsylvania to Ohio then on to Indiana. I’d never been to Michigan so we stopped in Kalamazoo downtown and checked it out. We averaged about 300 miles a day so it wasn’t too crazy on most days.
We stopped in Chicago, took a boat around downtown and took a tour of Willis Tower formerly known as Sears Tower. The views from the 103rd floor are stunning to say the least. The ledge experience was exhilarating. At 1353 feet above the ground and 4.3 feet off the ledge was a nerve of steel. The traffic in Chi town is not too be underestimated.
We headed northwest and made stops in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where we tried squeaky cheese curds, Minneapolis we tried some Somali food and got to see a friend. We continued on to Fargo, North Dakota just because I’d never been to that state. There wasn’t much to see there but Bismarck had bison farms and Dinosaur museum. It was also the longest leg of the trip at over 500 miles. Enroute we went through the Standing Rock reservation which was at the center of protests by the Indian Sioux tribe against the Dakota pipeline. It was quiet when we drove through. Our destination was Mount Rushmore where they have a massive sculpture of 4 US presidents. There were too many activities nearby to be accomplished in a day.
We then headed into Wyoming and into Yellowstone National Park, another huuuge recreation area with tonnes of activities. We saw more bison, bears, Yellowstone, hot springs and crazy traffic.. and crazy hikers amidst the bears. It’s a 3,500 square mile park (it spans 2 states, Wyoming and Montana) and a few hours didn’t do it any justice. We ticked it off our list but we’ll be back soon to explore some more.