PPP (People Taking Pictures of Pictures)

Trip Start Jul 07, 2012
Trip End Aug 04, 2012

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Where I stayed
Kuretake Inn Act Hamamatsu
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Corn Palace Mitchell
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial De Smet
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Wall Drug
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Sunday, July 8, 2012

Today was a big day. In the morning,we took a look at some of the places that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about. I liked the house that Pa built the best. It was in really good condition considering it was 125 years old. Then we drove to Mitchell SD to see the Corn Palace. The front and sides of this building are covered in designs made out of real corn. We didn't take the tour inside. Lunch nearby was ok. Next we got on the road again for the drive to the Badlands. This was a pretty boring part but it improved a lot when we got Wall Drug.

Wall Drug was really a big souvenir shop. The story of how it started with giving out free ice water is neat and I liked some of the stores. My favorites were the Rock Hound, the candy store and the fossil store. I found some cool rocks-calcite and amethyst and Mom and I picked out taffy at the candy store. The best flavor was cupcake. Mom likes licorice flavor. Dad thought we would be through Wall Drug in 20 minutes and he was getting antsy to leave, so we found the free ice water and left after that. Oh, I almost forgot to explain PPP. When we first got there, we entered in a place called the backyard. It's an alley decorated with billboard-sized scenic photos and there were people taking photos of the photos, which seemed silly, especially when they could just drive there and see the real thing.

It didn't take long to drive to the Badlands National Park. What a cool place! We drove to our cabin and it took awhile to get there becuz we kept stopping and looking at the views. At one point we had to stop for some wildlife in the road. We finally reached the Cedar Pass Lodge
around 7pm and found cabin #119. We lucked out! It was brand new with rustic furniture, a fridge, coffee maker and a flat screen TV. Mom said that this was her idea of roughing it. We had to hurry for dinner because the only place to eat was the lodge and it closed at 8:30pm. Dad and I had Indian tacos which are like othe normal taco but made with Indian fry bread, which is like eating a taco on a big donut. Sounds wierd but tastes good. After dinner we we walked to hear a ranger give an evening talk about the Sioux (aka Lakota) Indians but we didn't stay for the whole thing. It was a dark walk home without flashlights.
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Laura on

What did your Mom have for dinner? Those Indian tacos sound delicious! The cabin sounds terrific. Did it have A/C too? You'd think your Dad would know by now that girls don't get through shops quickly. :)

Mrs. Boundy on

I am thoroughly enjoying your blog, Katie! We went to so many of the same places as you did, and even stayed at the Cedar Pass Lodge! I loved Laura's house, as well, and loved seeing so many things that they had made and used. It really made her stories come alive for me.
I love the observations you are making about the other tourists, and all the details you are including. Very amusing:) I'm amazed by your photos as well, especially your sunsets!
I can't wait to read your next entry! I feel like I am there with you. Thanks for sharing this with me.

Karen on

Sorry I am a little late in checking in. These pictures are beautiful.

Rita on

Laura's house looks like ones that are still built today. You are eating like real pioneers, too! It sounds like a true adventure.

Cyndee Groch on

Absolutely loved the photos and commentary! I particularly enjoyed the wildlife crossing the road and "Bob" flying by the car window! I am curious as to what the interior of the "Deluxe Restrooms" looked like? I agree with your Mom, the cabin looked very comfy!

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