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Jul 12, 2009 - Mitchell "No Serendipity Here" South Dakota

As we were driving east across South Dakota, we saw an increasing number of "corny" signs hyping the "world famous" Corn Palace in Mitchel. I remembered that, in my reading of camping forums (Escapees and Woodall's) prior to our outing, I had come across comments re the "world famous" Corn Palace. I couldn't remember exactly what the comments were, but we decided to get off the highway and visit the "world famous" landmark. After all, some of our most notable serendipitous experiences have resulted from impromptu "What the hell, let's do...

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Jul 8, 2009 - Corn Palace

7/7/09 We went to the Corn Palace [in Mitchell, SD]. It’s decorated with corn and grass. Over 3,000 bushels of milo, rye, oat heads and sour dock are tied in bundles and attached. Over a half million ears of corn are sawed in half and nailed to the building. Interjection: If Nick’s entry today sounds like a travel brochure it is because he has discovered a new resource for helping put his experiences into words. We have progressed from a one word description of ‘cool’ describing “Old Faithful” to this. Nick seem to like Mark Twain’s story...

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Jul 6, 2009 - The famous "Corn Palace" of Mitchell, SD

Today was spent driving, driving, driving... from the Dells, through Minnesota, and into South Dakota, where we finally stopped at the small town on Mitchell. Mitchell, you can tell from the billboards that line I90, is famous for the world's only "Corn Palace". Since it was the "world's only" we had to stop and take a peek. Here are some facts that Lauren researched on our long drive to the famous "Corn Palace" of Mitchell, SD: 1. The first corn palace was created in 1892 for the purpose of showing potential settlers that South Dakota...

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Jun 26, 2009 - Ninth Day

Today we went to the Corn Palace. Pictures attached. Here is the best story: The Kids and Grandpa went to Cabelas, a place like Bass Pro Shops only better. Chris was picking out lures, etc. After they bought them, we went around looking at the stuffed animals and fish. Moe and Curley (Ryan and Chris) bought an extra lure and then continued to look at the animals. They went up to the front cashier and Curley put his money on the counter and told Moe to put the lure on the counter. Moe told Curley that he did not have it, Curley had it....

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Jun 26, 2009 - Badlands

Today we left Rapid City and made a quick stop at Wall Drug. The tourist stop that is famous for its free ice water. It has grown into a sort of mini mall. Lots of tourist stuff, a cafe and lots of stores. I am sure that it has made the town. Not much other reason to stop in Wall. We left Wall and immediately entered the Badlands National Park. Entering the Badlands off the prairie is kind of like driving on to the moon. The landscape is truly breath taking, but in a much different way than anything else we have seen on this trip. A huge...

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Jun 25, 2009 - Eighth & Ninth Days

We arrived on Thursday after retracing our trip from ND to SD on I 29. Got set up and took the kids swimming in the indoor water park. It is similar to the one in Casselton, ND, but the water slide is much higher. Boy is it humid in the pool area and lot of clorine. Today we will go the the Corn Palace and then back for more swimming. I will upload more pictures tonight. I am taking a lot more pictures than I put on here because of the limitation on the number of pictures allowed for the free site. All the pictures will go on a CD for...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Still Driving

After we left the Walmart parking lot, we headed west into Iowa. Little did we know that Iowa was very hilly, alot like Kentucky. One thing forsure is that Iowa is a long state, we drove I80 till just short of Nebraska. Iowa has hundreads of Wind Turbines. Then we headed north on I29, that is when Iowa became what we thought it was; FLAT. We headed north till I90 then back west again. We stopped in Mitchell, SD. We found a restaurant called The Depot. It was an 100 year old train station. Julia liked watching the active train yard next to...

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Heading out West

Jun 17, 2009 - Mitchell, South Dakota

We are at the R & R Campground in Mitchell South Dakota. Mitchell is the home of the famous Corn Palace. That is quite a place. It was a long drive but we made it okay. Luckily most of he trip was quite flat. Hopefully, we will start to see some exciting things tomorrow. We have a nice concrete pad at this campground. I'm going to have to get a 50 amp extension cord so I could have parked where I wanted with the truck at the front and not back by the living room. Our cord is not long enough to reach so I moved forward on the site.

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Jun 12, 2009 - on the road...to South Dakota

Today, Friday we drove...and drove. We left Stagecoach RV at 12:30 pm. We usually like to get an earlier start, but today was the day the Fed EX guy made us happy. He brought the part that was overnighted for the RV and the seat back for our new leather chair that lost all its poof. The folks at the campground were helping us get the cushion out and putting the old one in the box, so he could take it with him. Within 15 minutes, the guys from Branson RV repair were there doing the install and putting the RV back together. Talk about...

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North to Alaska

Jun 2, 2009 - Short Day in the Black Hills

I mentioned that yesterday was not the best weather but if you only have one day in the Black Hills, you make the best of it. That is just what we did. Those of you that have been following us for awhile know that we have been here four times in the last five years but we never tire of this beautiful area. We got out early I the morning and headed for one of our favorite spots; Custer State Park Wild Life Loop. This is where we usually run into much of the wild life that is visible to the eye but this time we didn’t see a heck of a lot. Oh...

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Apr 27, 2009 - Mitchell, SD

Not much to do in Mitchell, SD. We saw numerous billboards for the Corn Palace on our drive to Mitchell. Their claim to fame is all decoratins inside and out are made of corn or corn plants. They redecorate every year at a cost of approximately $130,000 a year. The only thing inside this place is a basketball court, food court & gift shop....what a let down. Oh well, it was something to do.

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Mar 7, 2009 - Corn Palace

Every year apparently, half a million people pull off the main road to see the "Taj Mahal" of agriculture - the Mitchell Corn Palace. It is redecorated each year with over 275,000 ears of corn - some of the murals are made of corn cobs, others from ears and stems of corn ... different themes each year. Unique. Corny (sorry!). The building itself is the Mitchell Civic Centre / Town Hall ... an idea perhaps for Fenland Hall?

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