Today was suppose to be another 100 degree day, but for whatever reason, it was cloudy and fairly cool all the way until I got to camp. I listened to the revised version of "Everything I need to know, I learned in Kindergarten" and that got me through the day. It even rained a little bit, so all-in-all it was a pretty good day. I passed by some construction workers, and as usually they just stared until I waved, and then they all waved and started laughing. I was stopped early in the day by a man with his son in a van. He asked if I liked jerky, and of course I said yes and he opened his trunk and it was completely over flowing with boxes of jerky! He gave me 6 packets! Buffalo, turkey, and beef. That was about it for excitement.
I was waiting for a phone call from a woman in Kadoka who was going to be picking me up this afternoon, but by the time I got to the campsite in the Badlands, I had not head from her. So I went up to the office and spoke with the woman inside, Charlie, and she told me to go pick my site and come back and let her know. When I came back she asked me about my walk and we talked for a few minutes and she ended up giving me a free night! Super cool, always looking to save money! She asked if I needed anything else, and I looked around and saw some beer in the fridge, so I asked if they sold the beer in singles and she said no. Oh well. She asked if she could come interview me and take a few pictures later after work. She use to be a reporter, and enjoys listening to peoples stories.
So I went back to BMW and set up camp, as I was finishing up and getting ready to take a shower, Charlie came over and brought me a beer from her cabin! Awesome! That made my day, and it was good beer too, a wheat beer from a micro brewery in Kansas City, Missouri. Not long after I set up camp, I got a call from the woman who was suppose to pick me up. She had been out of the office all day, and just got back. I told her that I was already all set up, and not worry, but talked her for the offer.
After a while, Charlie came back and sat with me for almost two hours and I told her all about my Walk and she took some pictures. It was a really nice evening, and as soon as the sun set, I was in bed and watched the stars come out and listened to the crickets until I feel asleep.