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Black Hills Petrified ForestOn our last day, after driving through Spearfish Canyon, we made a last-minute decision to visit the Petrified Forest in Piedmont. It was a worthwhile stop, as you don't see this amount of petrified wood everyday!
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Petrefied StumpCathy Hugs a Petrified Stump
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Petrified LogAnd Tim sits on a Petrified Log
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This wood won't burnHow's this for a woodpile? That whole stack is petrified wood
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Mitchell Corn PalaceOn the long drive through South Dakota, it's nice to make an occasional stop. One nice place to make such a stop is the Mitchell Corn Palace. Every year the folks in Mitchell spend more than $100,000 to decorate this building with grains, and half-ears of corn. And every year, the designs are a different theme--they have a large gallery of pictures inside showing decades worth of previous designs. And you thought Iowans loved their corn!
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2003's Design in 2002We happened to be in Mitchell as they were working on 2003's designs (even though we were there in 2002). The front of the building was mostly done, the side was still incomplete.
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Corn Palace Side
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Wind CaveOne other attraction we went through was Wind Cave. Unfortunately due to the camera we brought into the cave acting up, we weren't able to get any pictures inside the cave. But we did get this one at the natural entrance. The ranger is demonstrating how the cave got its name -- wind sometimes blows out of the cave, and sometimes blows into the cave.
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