|Side by side Laredos for us!|
We didn't stay long, but took a swing through the Badlands National Park and through the shops in Wall. I'm not much of a shopper, but my mother picked up a bunch of Harley Davidson shirts for her brother.
|No one takes a shot like my tripod!|
|Flower identification appreciated|
Like the good folks at Good Luck Duck, we sprung for a missile tour, but ours was at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota instead of Arizona. The NPS website has this great link to a collection of oral histories from former missile field personnel and local citizens who were part of the Minuteman's history for over three decades. We took the tour 31 feet underground and got to check out the launch center. I was particularly fond of the artwork.
Being a bit younger than some of my fellow RV bloggers, this piece of our history was just a little bit before my time. The cold war was winding down a bit in my day, so a lot of the information we learned was pretty new to us. During the height of the Cold War, 1,000 Minuteman missiles were operational in six missile wings across North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, and Missouri. Interestingly, the launch control facilities and missile silos of the Cold War, and even those that exist today, were never a secret. Many community members even participated in the construction. The locations of these sites were never kept secret from the Soviet Union, either. If you want to know more, visit a site on your travels!