Day 40 (July 4, 2020): Mitchell Corn Palace & Lake Okoboji, Iowa

Started the morning with a stop at the Mitchell, South Dakota, Corn Palace. The Corn Palace is worth seeing annually as the corn murals change. Decided to head to Lake Okoboji in Iowa since it is relatively on the way back to Rochester, rounding out this van-tastic-adventure of 40 days and 40 nights! Camped atContinue reading “Day 40 (July 4, 2020): Mitchell Corn Palace & Lake Okoboji, Iowa”

Day 39 (July 3, 2020): Hot Springs, South Dakota

Started the day before sunrise at Custer State Park with a drive on the Needles Highway. There was absolutely no one else on the road, which made for a rather nice experience. Drove the Wildlife Loop and saw quite the variety of animals: deer, rabbits, wild turkeys, prairie dogs, buffaloes, long horn sheep, and squirrels.Continue reading “Day 39 (July 3, 2020): Hot Springs, South Dakota”

Day 36 (June 30, 2020): Wind River

Visited Hot Springs State Park. Did some laundry at the Wishy Washy Washateriain in Thermopolis. After getting abundantly clean, drove down the scenic Wind River Canyon from Thermopolis to Shoshoni, Wyoming. The poverty I saw in Shoshoni was unexpected. There is one gas station, three closed motels and a smattering of trailers and houses alongContinue reading “Day 36 (June 30, 2020): Wind River”

Day 34 (June 28, 2020): Helena, Montana and Beyond

Spent the morning wondering around the historic district. Helena was founded as a gold camp during the Montana gold rush, and established in 1864. Over $3.6 billion of gold was extracted in the city limits over two decades, making it one of the wealthiest cities in the United States by the late 19th century. OnContinue reading “Day 34 (June 28, 2020): Helena, Montana and Beyond”