May 27 - From St. Joseph, Mo to Mitchell, SD
May 25, 2008
Aug 03, 2008
For some reason it took us forever to get going this morning. Not that we got up to late, but we were just slow to pack-up and go. The drive was going OK until we got into Iowa when we went into a headwind and lost a lot of gas mileage. This was also due to the rough roads. For the first time this trip we had lunch in the RV at a rest station - a very nice South Dakota Visitor Center with tons of information. We just parked in the truck/RV lot, extended the slides and had our lunch. We do this off of battery power which means the 12 volt lighting does not work. But anything gas does work. Heading west on the I-90 we finally got a little mileage back and got to Mitchell latter than I wanted. We camped at the city -owned Lake Mitchell Campground. This is the nicest campground out of the first three we have stayed at. After we set-up camp, we took off to the Prehistoric Indian Village. At first the cost of $6 each was a bit much for this small place, but it turned out to be worth it. It came with a guided tour which made the difference. At the museum, there was a archeological site that was covered-up so the dig could go on all year. However, due to shortage of funds, they only dig in July (so much for the dome!) Next I went to the Corn Palace. This is what Mitchell is known for. The outside is covered in a mural of different colors of corn. Inside is an old-style arena straight from the mid-century. Next, I went to Cabela's which is an outdoor shop - my kind of place. Overall, Mitchell is a great town worth the visit.