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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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Oct 1, 2007 - Mitchell Corn Palace & The Badlands

It was cold last night, but the sun was shining this morning. We drove into town to see the new murals on the Corn Palace. They were still working on them. In 2002 we were here later in the month and it was finished. We took photos of the murals, inside and out. This year's theme was "People at Work." On the outside there were murals depicting police, firemen, a crossing guard, parents, a waitress, a construction worker, a doctor and a teacher. Inside there were Indians and cowboys and Mt. Rushmore. Inside also are photos of years past....

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Sep 15, 2007 - Corn Palace.

We didn't go very far this time. Only 75 miles. This is Mitchell, South Dakota. We found a small little rv park called R&R campground. It is a passport America campground and so it is a lot cheaper. $55.08 for 3 days. The people who run it are adorable, Chuck and Lois. They also full time and are workcamping over the summer. They go to Florida in the winter. Workcamping is exchanging so many hours,doing various jobs, for your spot and sometimes a small hourly wage. We have thought about doing this, but wanted to try for a year and see how...

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The Frugal Travelers

Sep 7, 2007 - Mitchell SD

Hi all. This is Fri. the 7th. On Wednesday the temp in Elkhart hit 102, pretty hot but lucky for us we were parked with our back to the sun, so we always had shade in the front or the unit and the ac kept it cool inside. We were hoping to do a tour at the Monaco motor home factory and we left with an hr to spare but I chose what appeared to be a short cut. And I'm sure it was but we got lost and by the time we did find a Monaco plant it was the wrong one. We were told that the tour had started 10 minutes earlier and that it would be another...

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THE GREAT SALT LAKE

Sep 3, 2007 - South Dakota

Wall Drug is a great story about perserverance and optimism, which I loved. The Corn Palace is made totally of corn (there's a lot of it in this part of the country!!!). Went across the "Bad Lands" which I understand how the Indians came up with this name.

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