Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather took a road trip across the Mid-West this week and appeared to be fascinated with everyday life in fly-over country.
Rather embarked on the journey with his grandson, Martin, and took to social media to document their experiences. In one such effort, he marveled over seeing “cow men” in Oklahoma with guns on their hips — Oklahoma is one of 25 states that allow licensed open carry.
At "Smokey Pokey" BBQ in Stillwater, OK. At next table Cowboys w/guns on their hips. Not lawmen best I could tell. Just local cow men.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 15, 2017
Rather visited the Badlands and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well as the Crazy Horse Memorial Monument, which is still under construction.
“Mount Rushmore, the great monument, it never disappoints,” Rather said in a video posted on Facebook. “To say it’s inspiring sounds cliché. But it is inspiring.”
Grandson Martin shared more fascination over Second Amendment rights when he commented on stopping at an “interesting” gas station in Nebraska that sold beer, bait and ammo. His grandfather seemed most impressed by the amazing “truck traffic” barreling through Middle America.
Along the way, Rather comments on various restaurants they encounter, and you get the idea that his stop at a Sonics drive-in was likely the first of his life.
You learn all kinds of things driving through mid-America. Like: Sonic doesn't have bathrooms. Also you forget how flat Kansas is.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 16, 2017
As was his exposure to a cornfield:
Drive out of Kansas into Nebraska, under a loud streaked sky…amidst the scent of cornfields.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 16, 2017
The two even grabbed a quick bite at “Taco John’s.”
Stopping for tacos at "Taco John's" near Chadron, NE. #roadtrip pic.twitter.com/YtQ4yCUdou
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 17, 2017
And while he seemed fully entertained by his visit to Podunk, U.S.A., he also provided social media users with a little entertainment of their own.
There were lots of well wishes, but here’s a sampling of other responses to his tweets from Twitter:
Welcome to the reddest state in the Union. There are pockets of resistance. Look for us. We are a small voice here, but never a silent one.
— R. E. Bradshaw (@rebradshawbooks) July 15, 2017
Don’t worry, it was just Pistol Pete. pic.twitter.com/dvNWBmdBul
— Kaitlyn. (@KaitMc_) July 15, 2017
I hope you enjoyed your time in Stillwater! Open carry is big here but so are the hearts of Oklahomans.
— Garren McCurry (@GarrenMcCurry) July 16, 2017
And they don’t like biased liberal media….stay very quiet
— Jean Colombo (@Colombo6) July 15, 2017
— Jr Colmenares (@OSUJr) July 15, 2017
If some nut walks through the door & I dont have my gun, I’m gettin behind the cowboys.Not the hipster with the tofu crammed in his pie hole
— The Dry Line Farmer (@traderbrent) July 16, 2017
First, of course Sonic has bathrooms. It’s America’s drive-in, Dan. I have used those bathrooms while running at three separate Sonics.
— Whitney M. Yadrich (@whitneyyadrich) July 16, 2017
Well, the Sonic I lived by has bathrooms. Overland Park, KS is not very flat. I’m going to go Colorado some day just to see this flatness.
— Sherry (@SPN_Sherry) July 16, 2017
You had diarrhea at Sonic, didn’t you?
— Zachary Elwood (@apokerplayer) July 16, 2017
What do cornfields smell like? Lived here all my life and didn’t really think they had a scent.
— Craig Badura (@mrbadura) July 16, 2017
That’s when you know you’re in God’s country.
— Brian Chapman (@BrianChapman_) July 16, 2017
America the Beautiful. 🙂
— Fleurmairsie (@fleurmairsie) July 16, 2017
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