2015 Montana, Calgary Stampede, Icefield Parkway travel blog

Mitchell, SD - Rondee's Campground - site 22

Mitchell, SD - Rondee's Campground - site 22, another view

Mitchell, SD - Rondee's Campground - site 22, and another

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 0 - our route -...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 1 - my kind of...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 2 - the traffic is...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 3 - going through the...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 4 - and I mean...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 5 - topping a hill...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 6 - once in a...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 7 - traffic is still...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 8 - we didn't see...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 9 - a beautiful church...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 10 - a Catholic church...

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 11 - downtown Mitchell

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 12

South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD 13 - they have to...

Corn Palace 1 - the front of the Corn Palace

Corn Palace 2

Corn Palace 3 - three ears of corn represent each star in...

Corn Palace 4 - the stagecoach

Corn Palace 5 - the faces of the two men on the...

Corn Palace 6 - the side of the Corn Palace exterior

Corn Palace 7

Corn Palace 8

Corn Palace 9

Corn Palace 10

Corn Palace 11 - one wall of the interior - a circus...

Corn Palace 12

Corn Palace 13

Corn Palace 14

Corn Palace 15

Corn Palace 16

Corn Palace 17

Corn Palace 18 - you can see the construction and the two...


It was an easy 153 mile drive from South Sioux City, NE to Mitchell, SD, about 2/3 of it two-lane as Sheila, our trusty GPS, thought it was quicker to go that way and we thought "what the heck, why not?" It did turn out to be ONE mile shorter than taking the interstate all the way but there was very little traffic and it was a pleasant trip overall.

We are staying at Rondee's Campground which is part of the Day's Inn in Mitchell and the campground is just behind the motel. We had wanted to stay at the R & R Campground next door behind the Super 8 Motel as it had higher ratings but it wasn't open yet. Rondee's will be fine for one night. We have a 50 amp full hookup pull-through that was one of the few so-so level sites in the campground. They haven't turned the water on yet so we will use our own fresh water tank. The satellite was quick and we have good Verizon. They have WiFi here but we didn't get the password so I don't know if it is free or not or how good it works.

After getting set up, we journeyed into town for a quick drive through and then went to the Corn Palace, the only one in the world! It is under major reconstruction at the present so what we saw is not necessarily what it will look like in a month or so. For those that don't know, both the internal and external walls of the Corn Palace are decorated with murals made entirely of corn and corn products. It is much the same as it was in 2008 when we were last here except they have moved the gift shop from the floor of the huge room to across the street and now use the room for various other performances such as the circus that is there now and also basketball games as well. I included several pictures of the murals and included a couple of close ups so you could see how they used the corn ears to paint the mural.

Tomorrow we head for Wall, SD, home of Wall Drug and the entrance to Badlands National Park. We will stay there four nights.

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