Our second stop in South Dakota was brief. Mike found a municipal campground on a lake in the small town of Mitchell, on I-90 about 60 miles west of Sioux Falls. The price was fairly reasonable, and he could fish… so we booked a reservation. We only stayed in Mitchell for one week. Aside from fishing, talking walks around the lake, visiting the Corn Palace, and making a daytrip to Sioux Falls, there wasn’t too much to do. The park was small, quiet and clean. We spent a lot of time just relaxing after our busy time in Rapid City. Mike also worked on the coach a little bit – doing some washing and other cleaning. The weather was nice and pleasant the whole time, so it was a nice stop on our tour.
Mike’s fishing spot on Lake Mitchell. This is why he booked a week for us here at this campground. (That, and the prices was cheap).
Falls Park in Sioux Falls. Very impressive.
A selfie at Sioux Falls.
The Sioux Falls Courthouse Museum. Construction on the County’s first courthouse began in 1889. It is constructed of native Sioux Quartzite Stone.
Downtown Sioux Falls has lots of public art sculptures placed randomly along the sidewalks and other public spaces.
Downtown Sioux Falls was very clean. The historic buildings were well-maintained and the landscaping along the sidewalks was very lush.
The World’s Only Corn Palace. They call it ear-chitecture. Get it? 120 years old. The theme changes every year. “They” grow six different colors of corn in separate fields so the hues are not combined. Then they prepare a color-by-number design and start filling in the blanks by affixing ears of corn to the exterior of the building. As you can see, the 2015 theme is American Pride. They are still working on the left panel, and Willie isn’t completely finished either.
While we were in town, there was a National Indoor Bull Riding Competition at the Corn Palace. This photo was taken after the event, they are cleaning the floors after they were covered in dirt. All of the murals on the walls are also made of corn and change each year!
Inside the Corn Palace. The interior columns are covered in mosaic tiles intended to resemble shucked corn cobs.
The side of the Corn Palace building.
The Missouri River. We crossed it on our way to Mitchell from Rapid City.
A view of Lake Mitchell from our campground.
Our spot, #4. Luckily there weren’t too many other registered guests during our stay, so we got to park our car in the adjacent spot for the whole week we were there. We couldn’t park the Honda in front of our rig because the spot was too short.
There was a hiking / biking trail around Lake Mitchell that was accessible from our campground. It was a great place to take the dogs on their walk.