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Jul 11, 2008 - Mitchell, SD

Start odometer reading: 38,821 End odometer reading: 39,131 Even though it was a brutal travel day, we covered 310 miles today. Due to a major accident with a HAZMAT spill on I-29 we had to travel east on I-229 near Sioux Falls, SD to go west. We did finally reach I-90 which had miles of road construction and single lane traffic. According to NOAH, we were encountering 35 mph headwinds with gusts up to 50 mph on I-90. Driving was a challenge. The winds were so strong that the cover for our propane tanks blew off. The daytime temperature...

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Jul 9, 2008 - Mitchell - The Corn Palace

What better way to spend a stop-over evening than visiting the world’s only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. The Corn Palace Story There has been a Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota since 1892. Mitchell was a small, 12 year old city when the first Corn Palace was built. The $64,000 dollar question is “whatever would possess someone to cover a building with corn? Well, the city fathers wanted to put Mitchell on the map. In 1805, when Lewis and Clark traveled through the northern plains, they wrote in their journals that this area...

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Jun 29, 2008 - Mitchell, SD

6/29- We slept in a bit this morning since we were up late after the water heater burst last night. There have been a couple moments that I did feel were reminiscent of the movie RV!! At least there have been no explosions when emptying the tanks yet! Bill has been able to fix all these little things so far thank goodness. We had breakfast at the central pavilion area where there was also a church service going on for the campers who were keeping holy the Sabbath day. The 94 year old Baptist minister we met in Indiana who seemed a bit...

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Jun 29, 2008 - The Heartland

The wild fires in Big Sur are so sad - it is such a beautiful area - it was so green and wet when we were there it is hard to imagine it burning. A student intern park ranger told us that the most beautiful portion of SD was the Black Hills. While I think that is true to some extent, I found the rolling endless grasslands very beautiful. It was good to see so much land with just prairie grasses and cattle living there. So, the abrupt appearance of the Badlands is very strange. A person could travel a mile north or south of the Badlands and...

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Jun 9, 2008 - Mitchell, South Dakota.

We arrived here early on Sunday. We only had 187 miles to go on this trip and we both felt a lot better when we got here. The rv park we are staying in is called R and R rv park. It has 40 sites and is one of the nicest parks we stayed in last year, so we decided to come back here on our way to the "Badlands". We have full hook-ups, cable tv and wifi for $128.00 a week. We think that is a pretty good deal. There is a train that runs right along the back part of the park, but I am getting so I really like the sound and this one doesn't run...

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The Frugal Travelers

Jun 7, 2008 - Mitchell SD

The weatherman did it again. They forecasted rain and storms and we had Sunshine, White Clouds and a little wind. Went through Iowa, which includes John Wayne’s birthplace as well as the Bridges of Madison County. The spirit of the Duke, Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep were in the air. Lots of rolling hills and beautiful countryside. Near the Iowa border lots of sheep and cattle. One of the pictures shows a cattle farm with a big bulls head. We were several hundred feet away and it still looked like King Kong. We camped in Mitchell South...

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Jun 1, 2008 - Corn Palace, South Dakota

First thing Sunday morning we were at the Corn Palace. It is the only one in the world-it needs new corn but that will not happen until this years crop is done!! It is an actual theater and a lot of country stars perform there each year. They were getting ready for Obama to speak at 3 PM and they were going to close it at 11 AM!! Yesterday we just missed Chelsea in Sioux Falls. She was in a restuarant near the one we ate in!! Her mother was going to be in town today!!!! Speaking about corn we have seen a number of new Ethanol distilleries...

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May 26, 2008 - Mitchell, SD

As we headed further west, we stopped in Mitchell, South Dakota, known for the Corn Palace. This is a large auditorium downtown which is decorated inside and out with many varieties of corn and grass. They redo it every year, producing a-maize-ingly intricate and colorful designs and a lot of corny jokes. When not in use for shows and other events, a gift shop is set up inside on the floor in front of the stage. Since we were in Mitchell on Memorial Day weekend, part of Main street was closed Saturday night for a number of events,...

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Spring/Summer 2008

May 20, 2008 - Road to the Badlands

Traveling along I-90 most of what we have seen so far has been all farm and cattle country. We stopped at Mitchell, SD to see the Corn Palace. It is unique in the fact that the outside of the building is made up of all native corn, grasses and grains. Every year there is a new theme, the birds have a feast all year on the materials that were used. We stopped at an overlook, right before you cross the Missouri River; the views were breathtaking as you can see by the pictures. Could have spent an hour there just looking out over the river...

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May 15, 2008 - Mitchell, South Dakota

We had our first attempt at using the dump station today. All went well and it was nothing like Robin Williams in the RV movie.—Thank goodness. Only problem we had was when John put the hose and connections back where it is stored he forgot to lock the compartment. Naturally when we got to our destination we found one of the connections missing. Now we are on a mission to find an RV store to replace it. Before we left home we had a problem with the truck. Whenever John filled up with gas it kept shutting off and took a while to fill up the...

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Oct 13, 2007 - Mitchell, South Dakota

I thought we would not stop at any interesting places on the way home but here we are in Mitchell, South Dakota. It is known for it's "Corn Palace". This is a building that people decorate the outside of it with native corn, grasses and grains of South Dakota. The mural pictures are changed on the building every year in the fall when the corn is ready. Scenes are drawn on black roofing paper and are marked as to which of eleven different colors of corn goes where. Think of it as a very large corn-by-number project! The different colors of...

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Oct 13, 2007 - Mitchell, South Dakota

I had heard of the "Corn Palace" before but never really knew where it was. We happen to stop at Mitchell for the night. This is interesting to see. There have been three Corn Palaces - 1892, rebuilt in 1905 and then the present was built in 1921. It was built because Lewis and Clark traveled through this area and they wrote in their journals that the dry area was only suitable for buffalo. They wrote that no man could ever make a living farming here. So the settlers built the first Corn Palace to showcase all of the crops that could be...

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