Sunday, July 22nd
|This is what the corn is looking like in SD|
|Sunset last night behind our campground|
Everyone e-mailed me to say I had to go to the Corn Palace since I was in Mitchell, SD. I'd been when my family & I went cross country many years ago but I felt guilty just driving by so detoured and saw it again. It's getting pretty professional looking and not as big as I remembered it but still quite an undertaking to every year re-do all the corn and related materials.
Drove past DeSmet, SD - home of Laura Ingalls Wilder which we visited on the same cross country trip and I believe saw an outdoor play there about her life.
Entered MN about 2:30 on I-90. I saw a sign that I-90 was the Eisenhower Highway which I think is the same designation given to the New York thruway or also I-90 except that in NY State you have to pay to drive on that highway. I wonder if it's the only state to charge for the pleasure and I suppose that if I wanted to I could drive this highway all the way to Albany NY and beyond.
At the first rest stop in MN, the picnic shelters all faced the 5000 acres of corn (it looked better in MN than SD). I guess MN thought picnickers needed entertainment while eating their lunch so they could watch the corn grow. The rainmaker must have drawn a line between SD & MN because it did seem almost magical that the corn looked so much better just over the state line.
However, the farmers aren't quite as observant of state lines because even though I-90 is only about 10 miles north of Iowa, there's already miles and miles and miles and miles of corn. Can't wait to drive into Iowa tomorrow.
mileage: 176 gas: $56 @ $3.60 campground: $34
P.S. I was informed this morning by the owner of Fam-e-ly Fun campground in Mitchell that it got to
103 yesterday, not 100 as I reported. Today it probably came close to the 100 even here in