Our route yesterday along I-90 in South Dakota took us past Mitchell and the "World's Only Corn Palace." This is a site I have heard about and seen postcards of since I was a kid in southern Minnesota. The Black Hills were a popular vacation destination for people in that area and everyone stopped at the Corn Palace. Except me. I was enthralled with the idea of a building made out of a common crop. I was intrigued by the multicolored murals depicting South Dakota scenes and history. So I insisted to my travel mates that we swing through town to glimpse this wonder. Well, as you can see, this year's murals are not bursting with color and I don't normally connect Elvis and Willie Nelson with South Dakota, but the composition of the murals is interesting and now I can say, "Been there, done that."
We seem to be attracted to campgrounds below the dam. We have frequented Tailwater West at Coralville Lake and Howell Station at Lake Red Rock. So here we are at Left Trailrace Campground below the dam at Lake Sharpe on the Missouri River. It's a beautiful spot and our sites are at the end of the point with water on both sides. It is one of the quietest places that I have ever been. After several days of storms and possible severe weather, the nasty stuff passed us by resulting in an impressive sunset.
We were interested in seeing three old forts in the area, only to find out that they were washed away in the 2011 floods. There is a museum of the Plains Indians culture in nearby Chamberlain that might be worth a short trip. And, on the more mundane side, according to the campground guide, there are laundry facilities here. Woohoo!
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.