Day 9, 6/7/15, Sunday
Weather clear, temperatures in high 70s to low 80s
We left Rushmore Shadow camp grounds at 9:30 and drove a short distance to Ft. Hays for breakfast. Similar to the dinner of the other evening, this was chuck wagon style, pancakes, biscuits and sausage, coffee or tea. Again we had the opportunity to chat with other travelers as we all sat at the long family style tables. With breakfast concluded, we attended a non-denomination service that was being offered in an adjacent room.
Our trip commenced as we rejoined Rt. 90 to Spearfish, SD. At this point, we turned northwest and eventually picked up Rt. 212 which brought us across the border into “the big sky country” Montana. Our destination for this day will be the St. Labre Indian school in N 45° 36’ 19” W 106° 16’ 43” elevation 2,909 ft.
At 5:00, we arrived at the school to find it closed up for the night. We met a few workers that were leaving and they told that the kindergarten graduation had taken place this afternoon. If we had been able to arrive a little earlier we would have loved to attend this.
We checked with security and were given the OK to stay on the property. Tomorrow morning we will take a tour of the elementary and high school and chat with the staff. The reason that we chose to visit this location is because we had chosen many years ago to donate to the school. As a donor, we were invited every year to visit. So, this year we are accepting the invitation.