Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wall, South Dakota--still.

This fucking fog. Visibility is well less than a block, and overnight the fog froze and coated everything with huge white ice crystals--very pretty, but not ideal driving conditions. I'm going to get to a late start today in hopes that the fog will burn off a little by midmorning.

In the meantime, I went to Wall Drug! You know what it's like? It's almost exactly like the Olde Curiosity Shoppe in Seattle. Same musty air and creaky wood floors, same array of fascinating but utterly disorganized and largely unlabeled objects on display, same merchandise mix of plastic tourist trinkets and true oddities.

The Olde Curiosity Shoppe is better though. It pains me to admit it, but... Wall Drug doesn't have mummies or shrunken heads or a FeeJee Mermaid. They do have dead things on the walls though, even if they're less gruesomely fascinating, so it's not a total loss.

I bought a pocketknife. It says "Wall Drug" on one side and my name on the other. Whoo. I hope this fog lifts soon.

1 comment:

  1. Cool fact about that frozen fog with the ice needles: the Native American name for it is Pogonip. Found that out when I lived in Nevada, and we had two frigging weeks of it! Ice needles two inches long, and sharp as daggers on every tree trunk, limb and building edge! Cool to look at, a bitch to scrape off your car, and a nightmare to drive in....