Take the Long Way Home – Part 4

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Iowa & South Dakota (Part One)

We finally got out of “Misery” sometime after 11pm and made our way into Iowa. We arrived at the hotel in Sioux City, Iowa at around midnight (it may have been later but I can’t remember right now). Chris’ cousin works at the hotel so she got us a great rate. She also met up with us when we arrived, and she and Chris went out for a drink and to catch up on family gossip. Sadly, I had to bow out as I was completely exhausted and really just wanted to get to bed.


Because we weren’t able to get a picture at the Iowa state line the night before, we had to make up for it the following day.


We really only got to see a little corner of Iowa. 

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These small, wild sunflowers were all along the side of the road.


At the other side of the highway was the South Dakota state line.


More corn.


We made a stop at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was such a pretty location. If we’d had more time we would have had lunch here.

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I love this type of farm, with the cute red barn, the silo and the dairy cows just chilling out.


As we were driving along a very flat, empty stretch of highway…


We spotted this giant “thing” off in the distance.


As we got closer we saw that it was a sculpture garden. So there are all these random metal sculptures just sitting there, in the middle of nowhere South Dakota. It was so strange, but also pretty cool.

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One of our pre-planned stops in South Dakota was the Mitchell Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. When we got there the first thing I had to do was get my picture taken with this guy.


Then I had to sample the corn. Needs more butter. (That cob was made of metal and burning hot in the sun, so while Chris kept trying to adjust the picture to get it right, I was trying not to get my hands singed. It hurt!)


And here it is… The Corn Palace!

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Apparently, it’s the World’s Only Corn Palace. Umm… okay.


It was actually a neat place. And I thought it was cute that their snack bar was called “The Corn-Cession Stand.” I’m a sucker for a good pun.


Well, that’s it for Part 4. More to come.


Peace out!


(P.S. I think I forgot to mention this before, but you can click on the pictures to see them slightly larger, if you so desire.)


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