Saturday we crossed back into Nebraska to do a covered wagon tour at Kreycik Elk & Buffalo Ranch. It was in the middle of nowhere and farther than we thought, so we arrived half an hour late, but they were so nice and held the wagon until we got there. A tractor pulled our covered wagon across beautiful rolling hills with wildflowers. The first stop was to meet Susie the elk, who walked up to the wagon for us to pet. Torsten enjoyed scratching her behind the ears. Then we went on to the field of buffalo (actually bison, because buffalo are only found in Europe and Asia) to feed them corn. It was a lot of fun to be so close to them even if they were kind of ugly!
We stopped for lunch in tiny Lynch, Nebraska, population 240, at a little park with a playground. Then we drove back across the Missouri River along the Lewis and Clark Trail and headed west through South Dakota. We drove through the Badlands to reach our campground only to discover that the tepee we had booked was already occupied by a cluster of mosquitoes. The nice folks at the Badlands KOA gave us a refund and told us that they have had an unusual amount of rainfall lately. We drove back through the Badlands to Wall, South Dakota where we stayed at a cute little place called Ann’s Motel. It was one block north of Wall Drug, so we walked over for dinner and the kids played in a splash park there to cool off before bed.