25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Two sections of the Berlin Wall

Two sections of the Berlin Wall

Today, November 9th, is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Google Doodle tipped me off or I would not have known. We came through Rapid City SD last summer, and we spotted an interesting bit of history that applies to today’s landmark.

We were just driving around checking out the town and spotted a sign in a park next to the convention center that said “The Berlin Wall”. There is a memorial to the history of the divided city and the ultimate fall of Communism and the tearing down of the wall.

There are two sections of the original Berlin Wall displayed along with information filled plaques, signs and even old tank traps that were once used at Check Point Charlie, the only gate between East and West Berlin during the times of the divided city.

If you travel through the Rapid City area on your way to Mt. Rushmore, take a few minutes and go see this memorial. It is worth the time.

An ominous sign back then...

An ominous sign back then…

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The R&R Campground and RV Park in Mitchell, South Dakota

If you are traveling in an RV on I-90 in South Dakota plan on a stop at Exit 332 at Mitchell. There, right off the interstate, you will find the The R&R Campground and RV Park. It is tucked behind the Super 8 Motel, and shares the heated pool. The campground is open May through September.

Easy driving on level roads and site pads

Easy driving on level roads and site pads

This comfortable facility honors either Passport America or Good Sam Club membership discounts. The park has 35 pull through sites and 5 back in sites. Full hook ups are available in the pull through sites. Some tent sites are also available.The campground roads and RV pads are gravel and level. Grass lawn and picnic tables are part of the rental spots. The design of the park allows for easy maneuvering of any size rig. The dump station drain is set at a low level allowing for easy waste water dumping if you choose to use it.

The restrooms and showers are clean. The laundry facility is in the same building as the office and is also clean by the most particular standards. The office has a library and offers some ice cream and even beer and wine for sale. The advertised free internet was fully functional in the office, however we were not able to get online in our trailer. Management admitted that there were problems due for repair. There is more information at the campground page of the Super 8 website.

We would recommend this as a stop. I will take the management’s word that the WIFi would soon be fixed.

 

Passport America discount at Three Flags RV Park

Three Flags RV Campground in Black Hawk, South Dakota is unique in more than one way. The owner/managers, Vickie and John, are perhaps the nicest hosts we have encountered at any RV park. One service that Vickie and John provide to Passport America members is anytime use of the PA discount. You heard me right. Your PA discount is honored at Three Flags RV park any day of the week, even weekends. Most PA member campgrounds restrict the discount rate to Sunday through Thursday nights. Three Flags puts no restriction on days or even the number of days. Want to stay a week? Your Passport America discount is good for all the nights you stay.

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Hosts John and Vickie

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Tent camping with electric and a shelter

Understandably the only times PA discounts are not honored is during the huge motorcycle rally at Sturgis. This rally happens each year in early August, and sees over 100,000 bikers converge on the area.

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Large big rig pull through sites

Level sites

 

 

Located right off I-90 in Black Hawk, South Dakota, this park provides many different sites for everything from big rigs to tent camping. The park is located between Rapid City and Sturgis. Full hookups, including free cable TV are available at many sites. No need to block up your wheels, as the site we had was perfectly level. The park offers free WiFi, clean restrooms, showers, and laundry and propane tank filling station next to the dump station.

I would highly recommend that Passport America members visit the Three Flags park. You will not be disappointed. Check their website for any and all details.

Sometimes your timing is perfect

One thing we have discovered about Roadtirement is that timing is sometimes everything. We hit perfect timing when we visited Mt. Rushmore. We were there on a Sunday in late August a week before Labor Day. The traffic was minimal, and the vehicle pull off on Route 244 where you can see George Washington’s face in profile was nearly void of cars.

All to ourselves!

All to ourselves!

Sure there were some vehicles that pulled in to the turn off, but very few stayed for any length of time. It seemed like we had that beautiful slice of Mt. Rushmore all to ourselves.