De Smet Super Deluxe Inn & Suites
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June 19th – Day 46
From Kadoka we travelled to De Smet SD
via the Corn Palace in Mitchell. This is an interesting place. Every
year the outside is redone in corn murals. The inside has murals that
remain the same although they replensish them every ten years or so
when the corn starts to go bad. It's a little bizarre and quirky.
Most of the year it is a venue used for basketbal games, concerts,
school events ...
Tonight we slept in a covered wagon just like LIW! We cooked hotdogs on the fire and had Cheetos mix and ruffle potato chips. You can also hear cows and chickens in the field ;) ... and then Pa lost two hotdogs because they fell off the stick ;D Ben and Tommy went on an exploration, they took a video and climbed a tree :) Then it started to downpour,we had so much fun in our covered wagon. We were totally dry in ...
After a great week, it was time to pack up and leave. We put everything in the car and packed up the tent, knowing we would be staying in the covered wagon again tonight at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead. (Best. Idea. Ever).The drive was uneventful - it rained a lot, but not as heavily on the drive over. We reached the homestead, and unpacked our stuff again into the wagon.
Finally, we reached De Smet, turned off the paved road (literally), and reached the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead. It's a huge farm out in the middle of the prairie, and they have it set up just like the Little House on the Prairie. You can tour the farm, go to a class in the one room schoolhouse, and... no lie... you can sleep in a covered wagon. How cool is that? I had wanted to stay there since I heard about it from my friend. It was the ...
... sang happy birthday again much to her delight. She opened her cards and presents and was thrilled to be the center of our attention. We decided to get her the whole set of Little House books to read together for now and on her own as she gets older. It had already gotten quite late (we lost an hour when we moved into Central time) so we all curled up on the couch to start the first book before ...