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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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Oct 27, 2008 - Day 198 Mitchell SD

Day 198 Monday 27th October Mitchell SD pg 93 F10 After a poor weather day yesterday, today we were blessed with a sunny day and bright blue skies. The temperature last night got down to 0c or 32f. We were surprised to see a light covering of snow still lying in the fields this morning as we drove westwards along I90. We filled the RV at $2.259 per gallon, a pleasant change from $6 p/gallon we paid at Watson Lake in the Yukon, Canada. Today has been the cheapest we have paid for gas/petrol on the whole trip. It never ceases to amaze me how...

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Oct 10, 2008 - Corn Palace Mitchell, SD

Mitchell, SD is a fun stop to see the Corn Palace. To boost town growth in 1892 the founding fathers constructed the first Corn Palace. It was enlarged 1905 and rebuilt in 1921 to accommodate new building codes. It has huge, colorful murals on its sides, which are redesigned every year. The murals are made entirely of native grains. It is highlighted by multi-colored corn that is grown within a few miles of the city limits. The Corn Palace has been referred to as the world’s largest bird feeder! The center can pack in over 3,000 basketball...

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Sep 28, 2008 - Walking on the moon

Today we headed to church with the Johnson’s which seemed a great way to cap these last few days filled the awesome display of God’s creation. After a hard good bye we began the return leg of our journey. We anticipated this would be a simple travel day with a drive through the Badlands – there is a loop road off the interstate. We have never been to the Grand Canyon but the Badlands have to be a least a close second. There are not words to describe how truly awesome the area was. At one point we took a short hike and the only think you...

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Sep 19, 2008 - Still Headed South

We made it to Mitchell, South Dakota today. We left Jamestown at 8:00 this morning and arrived here around 1:00. A nice drive, but there was a bit of construction on 281. The rest of the trip was uneventful. After we got all set up we ran over to the Wal*Mart here in Mitchell. We did manage to get Donnie’s meds. filled, but they were out of mine. So now we have to hunt down another Wal*Mart soon. We are going to pull out of here again early in the morning. I thought Donnie might want to stay in some places more than one night, but not so...

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The Frugal Travelers

Sep 16, 2008 - Mitchell, SD - No Escape From South Dakota Today

It was cool and clear this morning. I have been very fortunate with the weather so far. Temperature swings are great with low 40’s in the evening and high 80’s in the day. It is hard to dress for such variances. Bell Fourche’s claim to fame is being at the centre of the nation, so I guess I am half way to Maine. There was an old timer in the parking lot with two flat tires when I was loading the bike. I offered to help but he had already called the AAA. It was a quick ride to Sturgis on the Interstate. The speed limit is 75 MPH so you can...

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Aug 25, 2008 - Mitchell, South Dakoda

AUGUST 25th WE woke up early, there was some traffic leaving our RV site at that time, must of been what woke us up. Norm convinced me to get up that way we would have a early start.WE were wide awake so why not.We were on the highway at 7.30am I new I would be finding another destination for our stop for we would get to my plan buy lunch.We arrived at Mitchell, South Dakota at 4.30pm.We had many walk around stop and a good 1/2 hour lunch stop. Th Highways were all good,great rest areas which had Wireless Internet something new for us. ...

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Aug 24, 2008 - Mitchell, SD

More farms, more cornfields... Mitchell is home to The Corn Palace (built in 1892 - inside & outside covered with murals made from ears of corn), but we'll skip it. Drove north near the Missouri River. There were Lewis & Clark route signs along the way - you know I love that.

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Alaska '09

Aug 18, 2008 - Day 73 - Custer, SD to Mitchell, SD

Today was a long travel day so we were up and ready to go by 7:30am. Grabbed coffee at the KOA store and headed east. First stop was about 100 miles down the road at the famous Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD. It's not really a drug store, but more like a South of the Border on I95 in South Carolina. Lots of tourist junk but they did give me a free donut as a Vietnam Veteran. Barbara's cost $1.07. Then, we detoured onto SD-240 to travel through the Badlands. What views! It is amazing what a couple of million years of erosion can do to the...

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Aug 17, 2008 - Mitchell, SD

Oh my goodness, what a couple of days we have had. We left Yellowstone and made it to Rapid City. We ate at Wendy's, very dirty place. The guy that was making our burgers had a bandana around his head, earphones in, wearing sweatpants that was down below his butt and guess what!!! He screwed up our order. Imagine that. We booked the hotel online through priceline.com. DON'T EVER DO THIS!!!! They lied to me up one side and down the other and charged us more than the hotel would have charged us. The hotel was supposed to have internet, hot...

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