Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Enchanted Highway

Herreid, South Dakota          High 90 Low 57

Yesterday we drove from Weyburn, Saskatchewan to Regent, North Dakota. We got to see lots of Prairie scenery  Southern Saskatchewan seemed to have a lot of oil wells with lots of pumps going. I don’t remember ever seeing so many wells in one area before. When we got to the US border, we went through with no problems. We had one car in front of us and only took about 3 minutes.

We stopped at Williston, North Dakota for fuel and a few things at Walmart. Williston is a very large city with what looked like a lot of oil well workers driving around, at least their trucks looked like it (very muddy).

After we left Williston we got to one area that had some unique hills and Cindy got some pictures of the area.

We have read about the Enchanted Highway and wanted to see it for ourselves. Right by I 94 was the first one. It is called Geese in Flight. The sun ray is 156 feet long and 110 feet tall. The largest goose has a 30 foot wing span and is 19 feet long. The dirt road leading to the sculpture has lot of smaller geese along it.

The Deer Family was completed in 2001. The buck is 75 feet tall and 60 feet long. The doe is 50 feet tall and 50 feet long.

Kind of a lonely highway. 
The Grasshoppers in the Field has several grasshoppers with the largest being 50 feet long and 40 feet tall.
The remains of the Lefor State Bank. Lefor is a very small town close to the Grasshoppers.

The Fisherman’s Dream is 3 dimensional made of tin to form 7 fish with a 70 foot long Rainbow Trout.

Pheasants on the Prairie is made of wire mesh with the rooster standing 40 feet tall and 70 feet long. The hen is 35 feet tall and 60 feet long. The chicks are 15 feet tall and 20 feet long. I read that it took over $3000.00 worth of paint to paint the Pheasants.

Teddy Rides Again is 51 feet tall and weighs over 9000 pounds. It was made of used well pipe.

The Tin Family was the first sight erected along the Enchanted Highway in 1991. It is built of used farm equipment. The Pa is 45 feet tall and is held up by 16 telephone poles, the Ma is 44 feet tall, and the son is a mere 23 feet tall.

This tree is a metal sculpture. It and the next picture are by the Enchanted Store.

We were going to boondock in one of the lots by a sculpture, but it was so warm that we decided to stay in the Enchanted RV Park which was advertising $20.00 per night with full hook-ups and 50 amp electrical. There are no other amenities, but we were glad to have the Air Conditioning.      

While I really didn’t need fuel as I had filled up in Williston, one of the stations was advertising $2.699, so I filled up again. This is the least for diesel we saw all the way through North Dakota.

After we got set up in the RV Park, we went to the Enchanted Castle which really wasn’t much. It is the old high school converted into a hotel and convention center. We did get to see a small quilt show in the gym.
The draw bridge is strictly for looks.
The bar in the Enchanted Hotel.

On the far side are the Quilts on display.

Today we drove to Herreid, South Dakota, which is at the top of South Dakota in about the middle, east to west. It is a Passport America park. We seem to be just in time for a tornado and thunder shower warning.

Tomorrow we will probably drive to northern Nebraska.

Thanks for visiting.

1 comment:

  1. We drove that highway. It's so fun to see all those sculptures. We didn't stay there but Jim got his ice cream cone. Stay safe.