I should probably mention that while we were in Grove City, Julia had realized that it was going to take a lot of time to drive me back down to North Carolina. She and Elin were still planning on driving out to Yellowstone, but I wasn’t going to go with them, since I was still hoping for a job. Julia told me that it would save us time and money to go straight out west. I resisted the idea at first since I didn’t have any money, but they generously offered to pay for my portion of the gas. I hadn’t heard back from anywhere that I had applied, and so after calling my parents and letting them know I wouldn’t be home for a few more weeks, operation “Yellowstone or Bust” (as Julia called it) was a go.
After we had washed our faces at the incredibly sketchy camp bathroom, we typed in “Rapid City, South Dakota” on the GPS. And it said "27 hours."Read more