Mitchell, Corn, Indians and Polka

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Thunderbird Motel, 45, excellent

Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Friday, September 19, 2008

After a quick visit to the famous Mitchell corn palace, we continued our journey towards the Wild West. The Palace itself which attracts thousands of visitors per year really has nothing apart from loads of corn in picture format. Hardly worth wasting any petrol...luckily we were only 5 mins walk from the place.

The interesting thing was the 3 day Polka Festival which they were holding in the Palace. There was quite a few old ladies (one older than the other) with big smiles and dressed up in period costume for the competition. One of the ladies stayed at our motel...84 years old and goes around the country dancing Polka...apparently all the wives send their husbands to learn dancing with her...

We arrived at the National Park of the "Badlands", which was named by the French "mauvaise Terres" and translated back into English. The park entry is 15 Dollars, but it is well worth it.

First we encountered a little park with prairie dogs, as you see in the fotos, we could get very close to them. Sooooo cute although extremely fat!

We continued with a 2 mile dessert trail, and believe it or not we did see a rattle snake! We actually nearly stepped on it, not a good idea around these places...so after that we are very careful of where we put our paws.

Further on our drive through the park we saw bisons and many more oopses.

Finally we arrived at our goal, the Custer State Park, were we found a lovely spot for our tent, and decided to stay three days.
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