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 ...
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 ...
... walk, a mother and three very little kittens just waking up, it felt the most real some how.
And then the Little House, rebuilt to the original specifications. It was a wonderful house with a nice size front room with plenty of room for the organ for which it had been built. Then the kitchen and two back bedrooms as well as the whole attic. Very comfy and inviting. We ended up at the barn about 9 am when they had told ...