Thursday, September 3, 2015

Road Trip Day 12: Albert Lee, MN To Keystone, SD

Off we go on another all-American family road trip. 

Two parents
Two daughters
A big red dog
And a car full of suitcases, leashes, a cooler, bags of food, blankets, pillows, maps, books, extra sweatshirts, water bottles, bags, backpacks, and a whole slew of electronic devices and their chargers. 

Where are we going and what will we do when we get there? Just wait and see. 

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Rolling from east to west across the great American heartland, our sightseeing adventures today paint a clear picture of how the landscape has changed  

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota is an homage to the crop that makes the Midwest tick. Corn, corn, and more corn, woven into intricately designed and annually recreated mosaics decorate the exterior of this big ol' barn of a building. It is literally one of the corniest sights I have ever seen and best admired ironically. 

My heart always beats faster when the Badlands come into view. These peaks, gullies, buttes and bits of prairie speak to the wild forces of nature that have dramatically shaped the American west, and though this scenery has captured my imagination during previous interstate drive-boys, today's up-close-and-personal adventure satisfied my soul. 

Deep in the Black Hills, a land sacred to Native Americans and exploited by early Americans, lies a monument to our nation's forefathers and an artistic and engineering marvel. Mount Rushmore stirs up deep emotions in me, and inspires me to be a better person. Plus they sell ice cream here based on my presidential man-crush, Thomas Jefferson's original recipe. Yum. 

Distance covered today: 534 miles
Total trip so far: 3917 miles

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