Breezing Through the Midwest

To be honest, there wasn’t much in the Midwest that we had our hearts set on seeing. We caught almost all of the highlights that we had intended on: the Mall of America, and the Wall Drug store. Unfortunately we missed seeing Mount Rushmore because we didn’t roll in to that part of South Dakota until 7pm, long after the park closed. Instead of bumming around until morning we decided to try to make the 2000 mile drive as short as possible.

The people of Mitchell, South Dakota made up for our loss by presenting us with an undeniable barrage billboards (only beaten by Wall Drug, numbering in the hundreds) suggesting that we visit their “Corn Palace.” They found a sucker in me, and I convinced Ben to pull the van over. We were amazed by what fancy creations can come from a town full of highly motivated & deathly bored citizens. The pictures speak for themselves.

Ben & Alexi on a rollercoaster The Corn Palace Wall Drug Bad Ass Van

So there’s America’s Midwest: indoor roller coasters, corn castles, anamatronic cowboys, and awesome scenery. Our stay at Yellowstone was quite another story, but that’s… another story. More photos after the jump.

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Comment by Dan
2007-10-24 08:21:38


I went there when I was 10. I heard that a few years ago there was a corn shortage so they couldn’t do it that year. sadness.

Comment by Ben
2007-10-24 11:42:11

Yeah, that stuff is nutty. I couldn’t help but think “So this is what you do when there’s nothing else to do?”

Then I asked a grocery attendant in Montana what people do “out here.” She said they don’t know which flows more; alcohol or the rivers.

We’ve also noticed a lot of casinos.


2007-10-23 22:49:45

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