I didn't know what to expect of the Odd Duck Inn when I hitched a ride there from Alliance, Nebraska for an adventure away from my native NYC. I loved the name, and as it turned out, the proprietors, Mark and Tilda, made it an unforgettable experience due to their unique and wonderful personalities, which infuse this simple yet colorful B and B. They kind of absorbed me into their family- Mark brought me coffee in the morning and has engaging stories to tell about his 30 years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Tilda is a gracious Lakota hostess who was born on Pine Ridge and is a passionate artist. I shared pancake breakfast with them and their other guests, many of whom were staying for the summer and working on the reservation. Tilda cooked a delicious stew from a buffalo that their family shot and we had a communal dinner on the back porch watching the birds and nature of South Dakota. We talked about all kinds of things from people to Lakota traditions and art to politics. Mark and Tilda gave me a tour by car of the reservation on my last day and I left learning more about Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and South Dakota than I ever thought I would in a long weekend. I feel very lucky to have chosen the Odd Duck Inn and hope to visit again someday.