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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.
... Paul was at 3:47 PM. It was a one hour flight. We had a 2.5 hours layover.
We left MSP at 7:15 PM and landed in WDC around 10:20 PM. We got home a little after 11 PM. The taxi line was incredible but we got a taxi pretty quick. We played with Roger until midnight.
Overall, we drove 2,825 miles from Fargo, ND into Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and then to Wahpeton, ND. The trip was phenomenal. It was great seeing Joel's cousins from the Petrich side of the ...
... birthday cake. the deliberation and voting began. A discussion ensued about Joel and Jim hosting for 2016 by Alan. Joel brought up the pros and cons of coming to Washington DC. Then, a one year/two years discussion started, too. Janell won the votes to host in 2016 and it will be either in the second or third week of August.
Everyone left Harold and Marlene's around 8:45 PM. End of Day Three of the Cousins Reunion.