Midwest trip: June 22, Day 4

 
Each S. Dakota rest area that we saw had this teepee formation
Each S. Dakota rest area that we saw had this teepee formation
Bekah and another teepee

Bekah and another teepee

 

Today was a travel day, with our only significant stop being at the “Corn Palace” in Mitchell, SD. We began our day in Rapid City, SD(leaving our automatic toothbrush charger – ugh!) and traveled via I-90 until its junction with I-29 at Sioux Falls, IA and on into Kansas City, MO and Brad and Stacey Crabtree’s house! Just under 700 miles today, and about 10.5 hours. Feels great to make it into the heartland.

(Brad is a friend of Willie’s from Bellingham High School, class of ’86, who has traveled extensively with the Marines and now lives just outside of KC with his family: wife, Stacey, and two boys, Ty (11) and Boo (8).)

Our last day in SD we stopped in Mitchell to see the Corn Palace which had turned up in several tour books. Like Wall Drug, it was one of those places with a “whole lot of nothing”. If we’d had more time and could’ve learned more about the history then our perspective probably would have been diffferent, but with the day’s destination being what it was we didn’t have time to wander much. We picked up a couple souveneirs (yellow Farkle dice and a cob of corn that can be popped in the microwave) and can now say we’ve been to The Corn Palace.

Bodger Family at the Corn Palace

Bodger Family at the Corn Palace

This is what the postcard from there says: ” World’s Only Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD. Eight years before the turn of the century the World’s Only Corn Palace was built on Mitchell’s main Street. During it’s hundred year existence, it has become known world wide and now attracts a half million visitors annually. Thousands of bushels of corn, grain and grasses are used to redecorate the Corn Palace each year. Cherie Ramsdell designed the theme Everyday Heroes.”

The kids in coonskin caps

The kids in coonskin caps

Flooded corn fields in Iowa

Flooded corn fields in Iowa

There had been much flooding in the Sioux City, IA area in the days prior to our visit. The corn fields could be described as fields around ponds, except the ponds shouldn’t have been there.

A most unusual sunset in Missouri

A most unusual sunset in Missouri

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. kajemancometh
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 23:10:55

    So going I29 you went right past my college. Iplayed in the state baseball tourney for semi pro in mitchell. MAn it was wierd having games broadcast across the state via radio. They do all things big there when they don’t have pro teams.

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