Jun 26, 2009
|The bus is in Flandreau, South Dakota
Drivers Log: 319 miles this leg, 2650 miles total
How we got here: See google map photo Drive to Flandreau, SD -- A to B 145 miles overnight at Ft. Randall Casino, B to C 174 miles overnight at Royal River Casino
Stamps this leg: 2, 3 stamps total
The Sioux Nation of American Indians covered parts of what is now Nort and South Dakota, Montana, Kansas and Nebraska in the 1800's. Today the different tribes exist on reservations, if they choose to do so. We have traveled through 3 reservations on this leg: Rosebud Sioux, Yankton Sioux, and the Flandreau Sioux. Their languages are similar, but not the same. The great Missouri River passes through much of this land. Lewis and Clark spent a great deal of their journey on the Missouri.
Our first stop, and a stamp, was at the Missouri National Recreational River visitors center. Visitors here learn about the mighty Missouri, the dams, flow control, water usage, and recreation on the river. On the way back to Ft. Randall we stopped for an ice cream and saw the veterans memorial in Tyndall.
The next morning we left for Flandreau, stopping in Mitchell to see the Corn Palace. This is a one of a kind building to say the least. The building is decorated with corn ears inside and out. 14 different kinds of corn are used for the various murals. Each year in August the outside of the building gets a makeover. The murals are changed and fresh corn is attached. The Corn Palace is actually an events center for concerts, basketball games, etc.
We finished the drive to Flandreau, got the bus parked and drove the Honda to Pipestone, Minnesota, to see Pipestone National Monument. This is a rock quarry that has beautiful red rock that the Native Americans used to make pipes, hence Pipestone. The first white men learned of the stone quarry in the late 1800's. It is now believed
that Native Americans were quarring stone here for 400 years before their arrival. This is still a sacred area for the Sioux.
Late Friday afternoon the sky started to turn ugly. We checked the Weather Channel and a website, both confirmed a big storm was coming our way. Our "All Hazards Weather Alert" radio went off about 10PM, alerting us to Severe Thunder Storm and possible TorCon (tornado conditions). The rain started about 11:30, lightning all over the place. It really poured for an hour or so, and continued raining until 2AM. We had a couple of leakes in the roof of the bus, and one window leaked pretty bad. But all is well now.
The adventure continues,