Monday, August 2, 2010

Pictures from Vacation Day 7

Finally, some more vacation photos. This was DAY 7. Once again, there are many pictures here!

In Mitchell, SD across the street from the Corn Palace

The Mitchell Corn Palace. My parents were here when they were young and on their honeymoon in 1963. They change the decorations/design of it each year and were actually working on part of it while we were there. Inside this building is kind of like a small convention center. The local high school plays their basketball games here as well as a nearby college. High school graduation is also held here.

Inside the Corn Palace

I thought this was cute!

Don't they look like angels.....ha ha.....NOT!

Being goofballs in the souvenir area

Bruce before eating his ear(s) of corn.....


And after.....

Next, we drove to DeSmet, SD, which was one of the hometowns of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lived here with her family as a young girl for quite a few years and much of what she wrote about in the "Little House" books happened when they lived here. The buildings in these next 3 pictures were not actually lived in by the Ingalls family but are on the property and are "replica" sort of buildings from that period.

If you were a fan of the TV show, you know what is going on in these next pictures!

Supposedly, Pa planted these trees back in the 1800's

Animals in the barn.....

Inside Ma's Little House

Outside Ma's Little House

Wildflowers on the prairie

Bruce trying to lasso!

Pony rides.....

The stagecoach

The schoolhouse

The Ingalls Graves.....Pa is on the right (the large headstone), then Ma, then someone named AJ Wilder (not sure who this is), then Mary, and finally Carrie on the far left


Willy said...

I really like the picture of you guys in the wildflowers! Oh and you know there's a joke coming from Dan about the lasso!

Nancy R said...

I think the Wilder might be Laura and Almanzo's son who passed away in infancy.

A couple of years ago we went to the Laura Ingalls Wilder home in Mansfield, MO, where Laura, Almanzo and their daughter Rose moved to from South Dakota. If I remember correctly, Rose was the only grandchild of Charles and Caroline's that survived into adulthood and she had no children of her own.