Thursday, August 12, 2010

From Wisconsin to the Badlands

Oh yeah…we drove through Minnesota. Unfortunately we did not have time to spend in Minneapolis/St. Paul so we drove straight through southern Minnesota on I-90. I didn’t know so much corn existed in the world let alone in a single state! We caught a beautiful sunset over the cornfields and spent the night in a sad little state park a few miles off the highway. It was a tiny forest in a sea of corn.

The next day we kept heading west through South Dakota toward the Badlands and made a few stops along the way. I wish it was my idea, but somebody a hundred years ago had the gumption to build a palace out of corn and call it "Corn Palace". Having seen dozens of billboards along the highway our curiosity was piqued so we stopped in for a look-see. Well right before our eyes stood a giant palace made out of corn cobs (spires and all). I can’t say it was a life changing experience, but it was pretty cool nonetheless. A few hours later we arrived at Badlands National Park and got a campsite for the night. After a long day of driving it felt great to stand in the prairie and watch the sun slowly set behind the colorful rock formations. We spent the night sleeping out under the stars and drove through the park the following day.

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