"It takes TWO days to cross South Dakota?!" Bret remarked a few days earlier in reviewing our trip
. Alas, yes, and everyone was feeling it today. "When does the pairie end, Mom?! It feels like it takes 10 days to cross the prairie!" said Harmond. We were on our way to Minnesota, and their wasn't much to see. "At least driving through Kansas it probably felt like there were people around," said Bret. We stopped only after two hours to take in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The boys tried out their "hiking shoes" on the many boulders and rocks at the Falls, where it felt like 95 degrees and the air was humid. Then, we were back on the road, and made it to Albert Lea, Minnesota by early evening, where the kids went to the pool and met a resident toad there, then climbed a tree at our campsite next to a corn field. We managed to make dinner on a campfire just as a storm was coming in, the first rain on day 13 of our trip. We watched Harry Potter on the RV's television/dvd combo, and noticed that the wind was rocking the RV. Bret laughed at me as I called the KOA office to ask for the weather forecast and what to do in case of a tornado. "You'll likely hear the town's tornado siren, if it goes off. The campground bathroom is probably the safest place to go," said the nice woman who answered. She assured me that the severe weather was in Iowa and these winds were fairy typical.
"We're getting a late start," said Bret at 11:40a.m.. "We're goin' with the flow man. Goin' with the energy of the group." I replied. "Ok..." he said, uncertain of I was talking about. We had spent the morning playing mini golf and stopped at Cabela's (which I keep calling "Kabbalah's" by accident), South Dakota's largest outdoor store, to get the kids some "shoes with tread for hiking" We were surprised to take in what looked to be the largest taxidermy exhibit I've ever seen outside of the Museum of Natural History. Bison, polar bear, mountain goats, and every other type of animal "in a tribute to the American sportsman" - craaaaaazy. We gladly paid about 20% less for items than we would at home (I'm sorry I didn't do more shopping!). On the way in, we admired what looked to me like lifeguard stands, but Bret informed me they were hunting platforms. Oops!