A comment on my last post correctly noted that I incorrectly identified the statue at the I90 visitor center. It was not there when we lasted visited the site and this visit was quick and I just assumed it was of Sacagawea, oops. Since it was late, I just pulled the post. So, one more time.
As we continued along the Lewis and Clark trail heading to Kennebec, SD, we decided to stop at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. We have been here several times before, but since they change the decoration on the outside of the palace each year, we wanted to check it out again. Our first big surprise- the street in front of the palace was being ripped up completely and the road was closed. After finding a place to park the motorhome we threaded out way through the construction to the front entrance and got our second surprise. The corn decoration on the palace was now only being changed every other year. This was no big deal to us as we have not been here in some years so it was still new to us. The current theme was music legends. We were told by a staff member that the change was made by the newly elected mayor last year. Apparently, this decision and the mayor is not all that popular. Perhaps the policy will change at the next election. The inside remains as we remembered it. The popcorn is still good!
Heading north again, on I90, we stopped at the rest area with a Lewis and Clark visitor center. We have stopped here in the past and it has a great view of the Missouri River. From the visitor center, you can see across the river to a waterfront campground that is believed to be on the site where the expedition camped on their way north. We camped there some years ago, while we were full timing. The most impressive thing to see at this stop is the statue called “Dignity”.
The last stop was across the river and visit Al’s Oasis near where the campground is located. We stopped here in 1986 on an RV trip to Yellowstone and other western sites with our two small daughters and Anneke’s parents from the Netherlands. A sort of then and now moment.