ANNIVERSARY TRIP, DAY 20, MITCHELL, SD -MONDAY, JULY 2, 2007

We’ve made it to Central Time! Monday was mostly a travel day getting across most of South Dakota. Along the way we stopped at the Missouri River overlook outside of Chamberlain. This rest stop also has a large exhibit about Lewis and Clark who stopped in this area twice.

Missouri River Overlook
Missouri River Overlook

We reached Mitchell around 4. We checked into the Kelley Inn which is quite nice and has whimsical carved bears cavorting around the facade of the hotel. First we asked if our room had two outlets for internet. Oh no, only one? Well, can you put us on the first floor so we can get wireless? No, that won’t work. Maybe your current room will get wireless. OK, it does. Is there a laundromat nearby where they wash and fold your clothes? Wait while the front desk calls. No? Can you give me change for the laundry here? How long does it take? Then we inadvertently left the car out front instead of parking it. I think the front desk has decided we are the annoying old couple.

Later we went downtown for a look at the Corn Palace. This building was built for an exposition in the late 1800’s. The outside is decorated with corn. Every year they redecorate it with new corn and a new theme.

Mitchell Corn Palace
Mitchell Corn Palace

Corny Bucking Bronco
Corny Bucking Bronco

We’ve been having fun with our GPS system. We have learned not to rely on it for correct directions. The fun comes from seeing how much it is screwed up. First we figure out the route using a map and then we see if the GPS, whom we call Missy, has any idea on where an address is or how to get there. We are really hoping it works better in the east because out west in remote places, it’s been dismal although humorous. Ah, technology.

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