2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1001Mitchell to Wall, South Dakota

Occasionally, you just happen onto an unexpected treat while traveling, and such is the rest stop on I-90 near Chamberlain, SD.  The state has transformed the rest stop into a Lewis and Clark Information Center.  According to the displays there, the building sits very near the spot the expedition crossed the Missouri River.

The rest stops along I-90 have all had huge concrete tee pee sculptures on the grounds.  The one here overlooks the river with informative displays beneath.2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1002 As you enter the building, your eye is drawn upward to the keelboat extending from the wall.  2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1003The imaginative designer planned it so the stairs ascend through the bottom of the boat to the viewing deck above.2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1004Even the crates upstairs have lids that lift up to displays.

The deck overlooks the crossing of the river towards Chamberlain.2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 10072010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1008Several other displays were in the center.

Crossing the river, we drove through rolling hills2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1016

seeing cattle and hay fields.  2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 10172010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1023Iowa and South Dakota are high wind areas, and are using many of the modern windmills to provide energy.  The size of the windmill blades always amaze us when we pass a truck transporting one.2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1018 Mitchell seems to be a place that attracts cheesy tourist attractions (more about that in the next blog) but you never know what you might spot next, such as this sight, (almost missed it)2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1024or these 2010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 10282010-07-10 - SD - On the Road, Mitchell to Wall - Lewis and Clark 1027

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