Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I realize I have been out of touch for a couple of days, but I have not had Internet connection :(. Today was our second longest travel day; we passed the 1,700 mile marker today. We left Dan and Joan's around 11:00, and we made our way towards South Dakota and the Black Hills. Brother Dan made two recommendations that sounded interesting to us, so we did both. The first stop was at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. The Corn Palace was first built in 1892 to give the city something unique to attract visitors. The exterior of the Palace is decorated with grains and corn! Every year they use a different theme, and the art work is fabulous. At this time, the front of the building is covered with murals representing modes of travel; I was excited because there was a bike for us and a plane for Chad! Of course, we had refreshments there—Ted had a caramel popcorn shaped like an ear of corn and I had a real ear of corn—YUM!

After the Corn Palace we visited Dan’s second recommendation, Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota. It opened in 1931, and eventually attracted visitors by offering free cold water. Covering an entire city block, it has everything from art work to cowboy clothing to souvenirs to actual drug store items. It even has a café, so it was a fun place to hang out for a while.

We checked a few hotels to discover that they were full, so it got a little dicey, but we eventually found a hotel in Wasta. Not a great hotel, but it did have hot water and a bed, so we were happy. It was a long, long day.

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