September 23, 2009

Gentlemen, yesterday started off with one of those “Must Do” tourist items, forced by our innate desires to keep peace with our respective distaff sides. September 21 for us was a very similar case. First of all, we chose Mitchell, SD, as our stopover destination BECAUSE of the Corn Palace:

The World-Famous Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota

The World-Famous Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota

If you’re in Mitchell, this place is really a central attraction, and an important community center and resource. (Not to mention revenue generator?)  As you’ll see outlined in the gallery, everything you see is fashioned and decorated with corn products only. Details are a bit jagged; think about the pixels of your computer screen, each one the size of a corn cob? It would sort of limit your ability to resolve fine details, or get the flesh tones right, to say the least. But it’s very interesting, and the Corn Palace is a big tourist draw, witness the tour bus, at least one of which always seems to be parked in front of the corny edifice. Surprisingly, Mitchell also has a “Discovery Museum,” where we were able to discover some very interesting information about the circa-1880 Indian era of the plains region, to wit:

Indian territorial tribal map, circa 1880

Indian territorial tribal map, circa 1880

And you thought “Winnebago” was an RV, right? 😉 I imagine that, given the time period, many of those tribal locations may have been displaced somewhat from their original tribal habitats, given the effects of the “settlement” of the Plains by U.S. military and pioneering advances? But take a look at the gallery to see some of the interesting Indian artifacts we saw.

Heading south towards Omaha, we got detoured into Elk Point, SD, and snacked at an authentic ice cream parlor, almost like days of old, but not quite, as you can discern from the gallery. But it was a delightful stop, nonetheless, ice cream IS one of the necessary food groups recommended by the FDA, isn’t it? 😉 Heading further south, we found the Nebraska farmlands to be quite scenic from the road:

Nebraska farmland through the window on a rainy day...

Nebraska farmland through the window on a rainy day...

By the time we actually reached Omaha and visited its Apple Store, our first destination, the rain had cleared, but by then we were in the huge city of Omaha, and that’ll have to wait…

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