Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sunday, May 4, 2008

We left Crescent, Iowa about 10 this morning and decided we would drive to just inside the eastern border of South Dakota. Once we reach SD we are going to stay there for a couple days and rest up. We arrived in Mitchell, SD about 3 pm and the weather was just beautiful. The temperature was still around 70 and the campground was quiet and peaceful. Bob unhooked the trailer from the truck, we went to the grocery store and came back to camp and just relaxed the rest of the day.

On Monday we went to downtown Mitchell and visited a place called the Corn Palace. The Corn Palace is the biggest tourist attraction the town has. The original Palace was built in 1892, torn down and rebuilt in 1905. The third and final Corn Palace was built in 1921. The first 2 were wood structures with the last building being built from steel and brick. The Palace has a basketball court and stage that can be used games, trade shows, proms, graduations, etc. throughout the year.

The outside of building is decorated with ears of corn, rye and oats to create new themes and images. The mural pictures are replaced every summer when the corn matures and starts to decay. They use about 275,000 ears of corn sawed in half and nailed flat-side to the building. It takes approximately 3 months to redecorate and costs over $100.000 every year. I've attached some photos but seeing it up close is even better. It really was amazing.

After our tour of the Corn Palace Bob and I went back to camp and again just relaxed the rest of the day. Tuesday we anticipate driving to Wall, SD. By doing that we will be 3/4 of the way to Keystone which is our final destination.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

We left Concordia around noon today and drove through part of Iowa. The wind as slowed down some, that's why we waited until noon, to see if it would slow down a little before starting out. The high winds certainly doesn't help our fuel mileage either. We stayed outside Council Bluff, Iowa in a campground in Crescent. Not much to write about today. We are thankful that we have had safe travels so far and not too many problems along the way. Toby has been doing well as long as he can sit on my lap. Bob tried putting him in his crate on the day that we left and after listening to him howl and whine for almost 2 hours, I couldn't take it anymore and let him sit in the front with me. I know it's not the safest place to let him sit, but it is the best for our sanity.

Friday, May 2, 2008

We left Paducah, KY this morning at 7:30 and drove into Illinois. It was very windy and rainy all day. We drove through Illinois into Missouri, stopping in Concordia, Missouri. Bob left the 5th wheel hooked up to the truck and it was still real windy. He put the jacks down on the trailer which helped the rocking from the wind. Concordia is about 1 hour from Kansas City, so I'm sure we were still feeling the affects from the tornadoes they had yesterday. The campground we stayed at was right off the interstate and unfortunately could hear the traffic. We didn't sleep well from the road noise and the loud winds. We were more than eager to leave Saturday morning and get on the road and hopefully drive away from the bad weather.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

This morning we left Stone Mountain and our route took us around the outskirts of Atlanta. The traffic was fairly heavy even at 10 in the morning. Bob felt like driving a while today, so we drove through the rest of Georgia, Tennessee and 3/4 of the way through Kentucky. We stopped for the night in Paducah, KY at Duck Creek RV Park. The owner of the park had a fenced in area that he said we were more than welcome to use for Toby to stretch his legs and exercise. Needless say Toby had a ball being able to run. Bob and I decided to turn in early so we could get an early start in the morning.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Today we went to the Confederate Memorial which was just an awesome experience. The mountain itself is all granite cut into the side of the mountain is the sculpture. The sculpture itself consists of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and General Stonewall Jackson. The carving is 90 feet tall and 190 feet wide and stands eleven and half feet out from the actual side of the mountain. It towers 400 feet above the ground in a frame that is 360 feet square, which equals 3 acres. The sculpture was started in 1915 and wasn't finished until 1970. From 1928 to 1964 all work was halted on the sculpture, so for 36 years it wasn't worked on. It's hard to believe that a sculpture of that magnitude looks so small on a mountain so large.

Bob and I took the skyride, which is basically a swiss cable car, 825 feet up, to the top of the mountain that the memorial is sculptured on and we were able to walk around the whole top of it. We also took a train ride around the mountain, played miniature golf and went to the antique car museum.

Our last stop for the day was the Antebellum Plantation and Farm. This was a plantation from 1845, along with a lot of other buildings on the plantation from that period, such as the smokehouse, a doctor's cabin, slave cabins, schoolhouse, etc. The plantation reminded me of Genessee Country Museum in New York if anyone has ever been there.

We had a great day and a lot of fun. We went back to camp made dinner and made plans to get back on the road tomorrow. It is nice to be able to stop along the way to visit places we've always wanted to see.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We arrived in Stone Mountain, GA at noon today. It is a very beautiful park and our campsite had a wooden deck with a charcoal grille on it. We took a walk around the park and didn't even cover 1/4 of the park it is that big. Later in the evening we made a campfire, which is our first campfire in about 3 years. Never realized how much we missed little things like the campfire. Tomorrow we are going to the other side of the park and view the Confederate Memorial and other attractions the park has.