We woke up early (no need for an alarm; we have 4 of them!), and Ben took all the kids to the shitty Homewood suites breakfast (which, predictably, they loved) while I showered in a bathroom that had been ravaged by my family.
Then we piled in the car excited to get to Wall Drug and the Badlands. Both absolutely exceeded our expectations.
Harry is much cooler than the rest of the family.
Corn Palace in Mitchell. Not totally worth the stop, but very lovely and earnest employees. To be fair, it was under construction, and I was completely charmed by the way the main room was staged for a show choir dinner theater fundraiser. We could also talk to Jack about his pioneer unit in school because the Palace was an attraction created to encourage settlers to stay in South Dakota.
It was delightful. Liked my lunch wine so much we bought a couple of bottles.
Our first visit was a day so windy my eyebrows got messed up, and I was kind of afraid a child or my phone would tumble off a ledge, so we did not explore the whole thing, but I hope we can in a couple of years. The areas we saw were breathtaking, though.
It was only about an hour to our hotel, and I was so happy to see a bar and a pretty enough lobby and 2 bathrooms that I perked up enough to cram everyone back in the car to go downtown and try a local brewery for dinner. Ben and I loved it, but the kids were not fans. But who cares! They got firemen hats!