And here I am in South Dakota!
I had a wonderful time with Jason and Jenny last night and thank them for their generous spirits and wonderful hospitality. I did end last nights post a little abruptly, didn't I? Oh, well, those sorts of things happen when you try to visit and blog at the same time. And then alcohol might have been involved. I had a really fun time and it was so good to visit with friends.
This morning, I woke to sunny skies and warm, somewhat humid weather. I got on the road around 8:30 and had decided to just hit the freeway to make it one of those get there quick days. The freeway nearly bores me to tears but the weather caught my attention along the way. The clouds quickly formed and as I traveled west, the clouds grew thicker and the skies got darker. I was sure I would find myself in rain soon. The landscape was mostly farms, with a lot of corn or soybeans but it did change a little here and there, with some slightly undulating hills. And in this photo, it seems the skies tried to mock the landscape:
When I do ride the freeway, I usually try to find anything of interest and I pulled over and took a photo as soon as I could after reading the sign: De Smet: Home of Laura Ingalls Wilder:
That couldn't have been an easy life back then. I don't see it as an easy life now.
The skies grew dark and brooding for some time and it was cool enough for me to put on an extra layer and my heavy gloves. I entered the state of South Dakota with a welcome and a warning. The sign had a typical welcome to the state followed by a warning to watch out for jackrabbits. How big are jackrabbits, anyway?
After a while the skies seemed to grow lighter (for a while there is was like dusk) and I was starting to get hopeful that i would skirt the rain. Well, this was a day where my hopes were answered. I didn't get one drop of rain on me.
I got to Mitchell mid-afternoon and went straight to this place:
Yes, this is the Corn Palace! And according to the signs it is the only corn palace IN THE WORLD!!! All the murals you see on the building are actually made of corn and they change every year in the fall. There are photos inside of all the years of the corn palace murals. But I didn't go inside since I have been to this wondrous site before and was weary from the road.
Now, believe it or not, I actually have a plan for tomorrow! Right now the plan is to go to Rapid City. I haven't been there for a long time and look forward to some of the sites.
I hope everyone is having a great week!