A couple of days ago I shared a part 1 of the road trip my best friend and I took from Montana to New York. Part one included leaving Montana, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore. Now it’s time for Road Trip-Part 2!
- Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota
After we got lost leaving Mt. Rushmore we drove through South Dakota to the Badlands, which were my favorite part of the road trip!
It was such an eerie and beautiful place. I highly recommend detouring your road trip to at least drive through Badlands National Park if you get the chance. There are 244,000 acres and places to camp if you want to stay longer and explore!
Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. They are usually steep and lack vegetation. These formations underwent a 47-million year period of deposition which spanned three major geologic periods resulting in clear, distinct layers of sediment. I can’t imagine the first people that discovered this place. It must have been so crazy to see such a foreign and exotic looking place in the middle of shrub land. It looks like a different planet.
We saw prairie dogs, a few bison, and this little guy!
A mountain goat!
Next up was the Corn Palace. This might be a place I wouldn’t fully recommend stopping at. Maybe it’s just because we didn’t have the best experience…and it was under construction.
Quick story. We got to the corn palace and pulled into a sketchy parking lot. There were people wandering around, but other than that the town felt closed down. All of the shops were closed and it just felt eerie and Aud felt like it would be best if she didn’t leave her purse in the car so we brought it with us.
Then, of course, we had to take a picture with the giant corn at the front of the palace. I guess Aud didn’t want her purse in the picture so she placed it behind the giant corn. Then we took some pictures and left to go explore the giant “corn palace”. We were looking around inside of the building (which was mostly just covered in corn, not actually built of corn). All of a sudden Aud says, OH MY GOD WHERE’S MY PURSE?!?! And we went sprinting out of the building back to the giant corn and parking lot. We were both running and yelling and scurrying about searching for her purse.
We realized it was gone at the same time. It was terrible. Then just when we had given up all hope this young girl came out of one of the closed shops and asked…is this your purse!? And Aud and I both cried and creepily hugged her and probably scared the crap out of her, but we were just so happy.
We didn’t go back in the corn palace and drove straight to Minnesota….the weird thing is I don’t even have any of those pictures of us next to the corn…hmm maybe they were on her phone. How funny. In Minnesota, we stayed with one of my friends I had met while studying abroad!
From Minnesota we drove to Chicago and spent a few days exploring the city. It was a lot of fun, we just parked the car at a park-and-ride and rode a train in. We were such typical tourists-the deep dish pizza was amazing! We went up in the skydeck, it was awesome to see the city from up there, but it was a bit cloudy.
Then it was to Cleveland and home. We left Chicago late in the afternoon- almost missed out train out of the city, and made it it to another friend’s house in Ohio in the wee hours of the morning!
Then it was free-sailing all the way home, and I didn’t want to get back in a car for a while! It was so much fun to have a chance to drive across the country with my best friend!
Thanks to everyone that we crashed with!