Quoted From A Fellow Traveler:

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Back to the Badlands That I Missed And On To Mitchell

Meanwhile, back at the Badlands. As we were leaving our dirt road campground, I rounded the corner and this van was on fire. I stopped the coach and grabbed my larger extinguisher to see if I could help. There were three teenage and one old Native Americans standing next to the van as the entire engine compartment started to burn. I used my extinguisher till it was empty and thought that the fire was out but it flared up again. At least no one was hurt.
We continued to the visitors center at the Badlands so we could leave the coach and take a ride in the Jeep to "Wounded Knee".
Along the way we passed the Oglala Lakota College.

This is one of the college campus', we did see at least one more.
After a loooooooooog ride, we came to the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. The sign has been defaced a bit but still legible. This was really kind of sad, the white man seemed to really be good at screwing things up.
This is the other side of the sign.
This is the area where things took place. The two shelters are where the locals sell there crafts.
This is their museum.
Up on the hill within walking distance from the museum, is the cemetery. This headstone list the names of the dead from the massacre.
In this picture you can see the length of the mass grave where all the bodies where buried.
There were also headstones for the scouts.
A lone headstone under a tree.
The day was "HOT" and it was getting late, we still had to drive back to the badlands visitor center, hitch up the Jeep, and head out for our next destination.
Two hundred miles later we pulled into R&R campground located behind the Super 8 in Mitchell, right off route 90.
We figured we would stay here for a few days to rest up, get caught up on the Blog, and see the Corn Palace.
The front of the Palace is decorated with corn cobs that are cut in half lengthwise and nailed to the building. Different types of corn are used to get the different colors.
All of the murals, front and back are made from corn cobs. Every year the theme changes and the cost to do the murals is approx. $130,000.00.
In this picture you can see the texture of the corn.
This was one of the first Corn Palaces

There were pictures of the themes for every year that the Palace has been open.

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