Day 3 Cruising West

We woke early as we knew we had a long day of driving ahead. Our destination was Mitchell, South Dakota (about 9 ½ hours of driving away) which would put us within an easy drive of the Badlands the following day.   Traffic out of the city was a nightmare, and the light steady rain didn’t help any.

I knew we needed something to “do” on the way and researched a few options. The one option that made the most sense was the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. It was a quick, 45 minute, free stop that let us get out of the car, stroll the grounds, take a few photographs and get on our way. It really was perfect, and both our girls considered it one of the highlights of the trip.

We pressed on from there, eating our leftover pizza in the van, until we arrived in Mitchell, stopping only for dinner at the Bean Town Grill in Fairmont, Minnesota. We found it using our various phone aps. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either.

The last event of the day was a quirky visit to the Corn Palace in Mitchell before heading to our Holiday Inn Express.   The Palace, apparently a building decorated completely with dried ears of corn, was not my cup of tea. It really seems to just be a tourist trap and souvenir shop.   Ten minutes was plenty.

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