Ta-POC-ka-ta, Ta-POC-ka-ta

Corn Palace. Mitchell, South Dakota 2008    ©David Gardner 2008

Corn Palace. Mitchell, South Dakota 2008 ©David Gardner 2008

August 18-19
Ta-POC-ka-da. Say that several times over and over again. Imagine the POC sound to be a bump in the road. This is the ride we had for major parts of the two days of driving on I 90 through South Dakota and Minnesota on our way to Effigy Mounds here in Iowa. The road was in very poor repair and everywhere around us was almost nothing but corn fields. The one benefit was that gas stations provided ethanol blended fuels that were higher in octane and lower in price than regular unleaded gas. Really, 20 cents a gallon less expensive for Super unleaded than for regular unleaded.

That little bit of excitement and, oh yes, the Corn Palace in South Dakota, have been the highlights of the past two days. The Corn Palace has been around since 1892 and there is a large festival just about this time of year. The outside walls are adorned with murals made from corn and corn parts with revolving themes from year to year. Last years theme was, Everyday Heros. This year’s theme has a travel thread, with panels depicting the likes of the Crazy Horse Monument, the Golden Gate Bridge, the St. Louis Arch and Grand Canyon – all made from corn!

Corn Field. Minnesota, 2008    ©David Gardner 2008

Corn Field. Minnesota, 2008 ©David Gardner 2008

The morning of the 19th, we awoke to the sound of an airplane engine as it strafed our campground. Well not exactly. The campground was in the middle of – you guessed it – a corn field and the biplane was crop-dusting the fields. We go out of there shortly thereafter.

Crop dusting our campground. ©David Gardner 2008

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