Saturday, September 01, 2012

Corn Palace and Missouri River- September 1, 2012

Just a little past 7:30am we left behind the land of the Jolly Green Giant and continued west on I-90.  Before leaving Minnesota we passed wind farms with those big windmills.  

Today’s 319 mile trip took us into South Dakota.  Before noon we were in Mitchell, South Dakota and stopped to see this year’s Corn Palace decoration.  The title of the decoration was “Youth Activities”.

We have seen this palace several times previously but it was always late spring or early summer after the decoration had been worked over well by the birds throughout the winter.  The display we saw today was newly done this summer and very little picking had been done by the birds yet.   It is amazing to see this knowing that the pictures are entirely of different colored corns and seeds. And each year the theme and pictures are new.  After stopping for lunch at Culver’s and filling up with fuel we continued on.

Before crossing the Missouri River there is a rest/viewing area that we stopped at.

To me this is one of the more scenic areas on I-90.  The blue water of the river surrounded by the golden hills as the road descends down a lengthy hill is breathtaking.  It was quite warm and windy as we walked to the viewing area at this stop.   Along the way we saw large fields of sunflowers with their heads drooping in the afternoon sun.  We did stop at Presho. S.D. for the night at New Frontier Campground.  Not the cheap camping tonight- $28.89- but we have full hook-ups and some laundry can get done.  The temperature at Presho reached 100 degrees today and it is quite windy.  Winds are usually blowing steady across the grassy plains.