Historic Calumet Inn
Travel Blogs from Pipestone
Today was Minnesota day. Rolling along two lane roads, past corn, soybeans, wind farms and ethanol plants. We took the back roads from Rochester to Pipestone, just to watch the combines harvesting corn and beans. Lots of cattle too, Charlois, Herfords, Angus. Even saw a farm that raised Shire draft horses. Pipestone being a National ...
... the Great Lakes to the Rockies. The stone could be worked by stone-age tools, and a pipe needs to be drilled as well as shaped and decorated. The exhibition, film and talks presented the history and current use, and information about what the pipe was used for -- its central religious purpose. 'Peace pipe' doesn't do it justice.
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... lovely -- view of lake from campsites. Went into town after dinner to see the high life. The nearest town (Ihlen MN) had one bar. Pipestone was bigger but only found the two block 'downtown' after getting ice and ice cream on highway on edge of town.
30 Aug Friday -- very good day. Cereal juice yoghurt apples for breakfast, again on road about 9.30 and straight to Pipestone Natl Mon, a half-hour ...
Following our escape from Wall Drug we were determined to find the Falls in Sioux. As we sped along at 65 mph on I 90 (speed limit 75) we marveled at the early settlers following the Oregon trail, at what, a 2 mph pace? Ditto Wyoming, et al. and we had air conditioning for the 97 degree temp. But modern life is not all ease and luxury - we did run out of tonic for our gin (and the rev store guy ...
... Relieved we were when we saw that there was another unmarked entrance (under construction) off a 10 mile long dirt road leading to the heart of the badlands.
The badlands were badass! An odd lunar landscape with rainbow hues and irregular stone structures diving down into the most surprising and breathtaking valleys.
After the badlands, we hit the Great Plains... And it was pretty much just that... Plain. Quickly surrounded by dense fields of corn waving ...
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