(Reminder: this post is being published well after our visit, we are currently in Portland Oregon until Sept 4th)
It didn’t take long for us to leave the rolling hills of Wisconsin and reach the Great Plains. Wow, corn for miles and miles (and miles!)
And when we thought we had seen all the corn we could we got to Mitchell, South Dakota and The Corn Palace. The original palace was built in 1892 as an exposition hall to showcase the area’s major crop. Since then the building has been rebuilt and is an arena used for community events, concerts, basketball games, etc. including the annual Corn Palace Polka Festival!The exterior corn murals are replaced and redesigned each year with a new theme. The designs are created by local artists using various types and colors of corn.
Our next big stop was at the Missouri River. This site if the rest area was originally one of Lewis & Clark’s camps. The view (and wind) across the River was amazing. Adding to the scale was a beautiful statue honoring the native people.
Our multi day trip across the plains is almost complete. This is the first time I have been at ground level to see this part of our beautiful country. It’s truly awe inspiring to see the land appear to go on forever, and to think about the natives and the first white settlers and the hardships they endured. I mean we only had a few crappy hotel rooms! And we got to have some delicious rhubarb pie.
Next post will be about our first visit to a National Park-The Badlands.