We like the story we read while having a donut for lunch and a 5 cent cup of coffee. A pharmacist bought the little drug store in Wall in 1931 and didn't have too much success until his wife put up signs along the highway for free ice water. It was a hot trip across the plains and people began to stop for water. The business now covers an entire block and has tourist items, restaurants, places for kids to play, an art collection and old photos, and free ice water.
The Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD is just one of those corny things you don't to miss. After watching the video I now know it was built in 1892 strictly to attract tourists and does it ever! The current one was built in 1921. It amazes me that they replace the outside murals every year with corn that it takes 100 acres to grow. It is actually a multipurpose arena that seats 3,000.
Dusk found us watching the lights come on at the Sioux Falls in where else but Sioux Falls, SD. The rushing waters, or laughing waters as the Indians called them, were a peaceful ending to a long but rewarding day. Walmart welcomed us for the evening.
A morning trip to Minnesota finally allowed me to check off one more state for geocaching. It wasn't easy finding micros with the phone when the coordinates are off and the signals weak but we persevered. Next stop was Iowa and then a quick detour into Kansas and I now have done a cache in 48 states. Leon is pleased to have been in 49 states after we swooped into Nebraska just for the occasion. It has been a glorious two months on the road. Nothing like catching a cold to want to be home so we zipped right along.