Ken and Cindy's Excellent Adventure 2013 travel blog

A bridge we crossed. I've forgotten over which river and where. They...

Same bridge, passing over (under?)

Next bridge...

And closer...

And another...

And crossing...

This is the "wild goose chase" pic. Made the whole escapade worth...

Island in the sea.

Lest there be any doubt that we did indeed travel through Iowa.

In case you missed these on FB. This is where our tent...

This is our view right beside our campsite.


Last night we were in NW MO at Lewis and Clark State Park. We were less than impressed, though the birdsong there was phenomenal. We went on a wild goose chase to the closest Walmart (yes, I'm afraid so) because we missed a turn and then Google Maps goofed us and sent us off into farmland. We did get a most excellent photo out of this little diversion, though, and we did eventually find the Wal, get our stuff, and a salad dinner that wasn't too shabby. It was warm and sticky there and very buggy. And there were trains going by less than a mile away...often...in the middle of the night...blowing their dadgum horns.

This actually helped us to rise early and be on our way, as we had a 7 hour drive today, (which turned out to be six, hallelujah). We went through miles and miles of farmland, bringing home to us that our food doesn't really come from the grocery store after all. Ken was impressed at the sight of farm after farm, with acres and acres of the newly planted, and in the midst of these acres would be a hammock of trees around the farmhouse and barns. Like islands in the sea. We saw many old farm buildings in disrepair, some even collapsing to the ground. The big conglomerates are making our food prices lower, but it's certainly costing the small farmers.

We arrived at Lake Vermillion, about 35 miles outside of Sioux Falls, early this afternoon to find a camper parked in our reserved campsite. The folks were sitting outside so we talked with them a bit and then went back to the gate to change our site, as it was way easier for us to park elsewhere than for them to move. Not a problem. We have this perfectly lovely site right across the road, which we decided we like even better. Everything is so GREEN, and it's quite breezy. Nice breezy.

We have set up camp and are sitting in the shade, where it is cool (as opposed to in the sun, which feels just like a Florida sun!) and we're both working on our gadgets. Oh, yeah, on the way here, in Sioux Falls, we stopped at a ... nope, not a Wally mart, but at its cousin, Sam's, where we bought a rotisserie chicken for lunch/dinner and a camera with a super zoom. Kens Fathers Day present, I guess. He's playing with it now as I write.

Tomorrow we head for Custer State Park and Mt. Rushmore. I'll be crossing lots of things off my bucket list this summer!



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