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Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota

Today we were up around 5:15 a.m. so that we could leave around 5:30 a.m. for our flight. Our apartment is currently a mess with packing boxes forming everywhere. I could probably charge admission and call it an apartment maze. The flight was pretty uneventful. We both slept through it (we went to bed around 1:30 a.m. – we were busy packing both for the trip and for the move). After arriving in Omaha, we hopped in the rental car and began driving to South Dakota. We stopped at an interpretive Lewis and Clark rest stop site to help break up the several hour drive. We also stopped in a town called Mitchell and went to the Corn Palace. It is a building that is covered with corn and other grains. It is a really touristy site, but after you are in the car for a while it is nice to get out and walk along. We arrived in South Dakota around 6:00 p.m., checked into our hotel, and went to Wall Drug. It is a pretty interesting location. They were placed on the map because they started giving out free water to customers. There all so many signs on the road advertising Wall Drug that I don’t see how anyone could drive through the state and not stop. I guess that their advertising budget was well spent. We are getting ready to go to Mount Rushmore to see the lighting ceremony.


Ah yes, the Mitchell Corn Palace. What were the pictures this year? When I was there in 1995 (yeah, that long ago!) there was a "indian theme" with Crazy Horse, etc.

The theme this year is the rodeo. They had cowboys, boots, hats, etc. I will try to post some pictures once things settle down.