First Let Me Address Something...
Obviously, I am a huge celebrity now. Check out this video, or the cover of the Rapid City Journal (and page A7) if you dont believe me.
1. Taylor Swift and I have now officially broken up. Her song detailing our rocky split will be titled "Everybody Coops".
2. I have replaced Justin Bieber in Money Mayweather's posse. He seems to like me and trust my judgement. When we argue and I talk him into a corner, he always hugs me. So he must be thankful.
3. I have hired Shia LeBeouf as my personal motivation trainer.
4. Emma Watson and I are now dating (please, let this one actually become true).
5. I will host Saturday Night Live with musical guest Four-Fifths Direction. COME BACK ZAYN.
6. Ellen DeGeneres and I are taking a magical Alaskan cruise together to finish off the 50th state of my expedition this spring. This one isn't meant to be funny.
7. Kanye now sends me selfies of him smiling.
Now that those are cleared up, I feel better about being able to discuss my time in South Dakota.
Volunteering in South Dakota
I was able to spend the day kayaking, fishing, holding a snake, archery-ing, scavenger hunting and playing with kids ranging from 6-11 years old. I helped where I could, assisting with instruction of things that I knew how to do like fishing and kayaking. I was also able to help clean and organize the storage and workshop on the property and set up for "Try It Night". On these nights, the campus invites local women to learn to shoot, fish, tie flies, kayak, survive in the wild and shoot a bow and arrow.
The experience was totally different from the other experiences so far and will be unique from the ones to come. But that's part of the point. I want to collect various experiences from this trip, as many as possible, while still helping out somehow.
The volunteers and interns are led by Keith Wintersteen, a good friend and great man who organized my visit through Rapid City with Luke Mickelson and Ann Hines, and I am thankful to them for allowing me to tag along.
Adventures in South Dakota
I got to chatting with the old couple next to me, which I'm finding is pretty normal everywhere other than LA, and she eventually asked me if I was the "Vagabond guy that she read about in the paper". Someone across the breakfast bar piped up when she asked and said, "I'm sorry, but I was about to ask him the same question," as he held up the morning's newspaper.
There I was. Right on the front cover. I think that they were all surprised but my excited, little-kid reaction. I didn't know that the article was going to be published so quickly. In fact, I only found out that I would be interviewed at about this time the morning prior.
I left the breakfast place after chatting with a few people for a while and headed to Mount Rushmore before leaving for my next stop.
Pictures generally haven't done justice for my scenic stops. Photos of Rushmore do. It's a great memorial, but of all the places that I have been to, it was the most "Well, there it is.... yep..... that's what I've seen in photos.... .alright, lets go" place so far.
BUT CRAZY HORSE. You have to go there if you get the chance.
Sparknotes: The Native tribes recruited one of the assistant builders of Rushmore to construct a massive memorial to Crazy Horse, a fallen and famous chief. This man spent his whole life working on the project, since 1948. And now his family carries on the project, museum and associated university.
In the end, the sculpture will be the largest in the world. The. Largest. And by far. It will measure 564 feet high and 640 feet long. I'll be back to see it when it is finished.
See you in Fargo. I'll try to avoid wood chippers.