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Today we drove from Pipestone, MN across South Dakota. Lots of prairie land and CORN! Along the way stopped at the Corn Museum in Mitchell, SD. We felt we needed to stop at the Corn Museum because we hadn't had enough off-beat stuff as the Spam Museum in MN was closed.
Badlands is absolutely spectacular. We viewed some of the sites, but tomorrow is yet another day. Will be taking the Badlands Loop Road, and also do some hiking. Unbelievable.
... from the quarries even today. They have a paved footpath that meanders alongside the active dig sites. Inside the visitor center you can watch a man carving the stone pipes and whittling the wooden shafts from sumac.
The open prairies are in stark contrast to the endless corn and soybean fields we've now passed through. We saw one small herd of buffalo at ...
Traveled from Missouri Valley, Iowa today to the Pipestone National Monument. Wonderful national monument that features the pipestone layers of rock that Native Americans used for carving artifacts, particularly pipes. The rock is a deep red rock that is polished with bees wax.
Tomorrow on to the Badlands, with a stop at the Corn Palace - a funky palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
So driving through Minnesota today we saw a helicopter with a guy hanging from a line similar to the military and then he slowed at the power line pole. The power poles are approximately 100 feet tall metal, and apparently the local power company uses a helicopter to get guys from pole to pole to work on them. The helicopter yo weed at the power pole to let the guy transfer to the arm with the wires. Who knew ...
... carries one's prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipemaking continue here today.
Then back on the road, back to US 14 -- and eventually a meandering route (avoiding road works, or trying to) to go north from US 14 to US 212, which took us across South Dakota to our campsite on the banks of 'the wide Missouri' (Lake Oahe).