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Corn, Corn, Corn, Rain, Corn, Corn, Rain, Corn, and more Corn

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Ok.. so I realize corn is an important commodity in the world of agriculture, but my word people, how much corn do we really need!!  I have never seen so much corn in all my life.  And then there is the rain. It keeps raining.  Which keeps making more corn grow.  The people have gone mad in the west over corn. In fact, they are so crazy that they built a Corn Palace.

I am not kidding.  A Corn Palace.

So what do you do if you are sick of looking at corn and you find out that there is a palace built in its honor?  Well, visit it of course!

As you can see, my youngest and I have ‘corn on the brain’.

In all seriousness, we have had safe travels so far.  Last night we stayed in a nice Courtyard-Marriott in Peoria, Illinois.  Unfortunately, tonight we are staying in a Best Western Motor Inn in Mitchell, South Dakota.  The $50 difference in price is very evident.  I have reassured my wife that our budget is sound enough that any more hotels will be like the first hotel and less like the second.  🙂

Tomorrow morning we get up early so that we can visit the Badlands of South Dakota before arriving in Hill City, South Dakota where we will finally visit Mount Rushmore – my wife’s choice National Park for this trip.  We hope to get less pictures with corn in them.

I am off for now. Night!

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  1. Amy
    June 14, 2010 at 11:17 am

    So, it’s been worth it just for the Corn Palace right? The things man creates…
    We are glad to hear you are travelling safely and doing the family time! Tell everyone hello and we look forward to hearing about your time in Hill City!

    • June 15, 2010 at 3:36 am

      Thanks, Amy. We are having a great time and a safe time to… and thanks for watching our puppy as well.

      I hope Ryan is feeling better.

  2. June 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Yep corn and more corn. Been there done that. Went by the Corn Palace, saw it but didn’t take the time to go in. Our trip was too rushed. Glad you guys are having a good time though. ‘Course you realize you could be so hungry that all that corn looks good. Or you could have someone in front of you “corning” you. Hope your time in the Badlands was better than ours. We took a meal but it was so cold that we shivered and couldn’t wait to get going. It was in July. Enjoy!!

    • June 15, 2010 at 3:39 am

      Bill, the Corn Palace was ok. Not high on my list of recommendations unless you have nothing better to do in West South Dakota.

      We made it to the badlands and really enjoyed taking some pictures and driving through. We did not eat there so we didn’t get frigid… though it was a balmy 58 degrees outside with spitting rain.

      We are having a great time.

  3. Walker & ME
    June 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Oh how fun!!!
    Try not to look at it as just ‘corn’. There is much more than meets the eye when it comes to corn. SO glad to know you are having a great trip. Praying for safety, fun and sun!!!!!
    Products that use Corn
    Adhesives (glues, pastes, mucilages, gums, etc.)
    Aluminum
    Antibiotics (penicillin)
    Asbestos insulation
    Aspirin
    Automobiles (everything on wheels)
    xxx- cylinder heads
    xxx- ethanol – fuel & windshield washer fluid
    xxx- spark plugs
    xxx- synthetic rubber finishes
    xxx- tires
    Baby food
    Batteries, dry cell
    Beer
    Breakfast cereals
    Candies
    Canned vegetables
    Carbonated beverages
    Cheese spreads
    Chewing gum
    Chocolate products
    Coatings on wood, paper & metal
    Colour carrier in paper & textile, printing
    Corn chips
    Corn meal
    Cosmetics
    C.M.A. (calcium magnesium acetate)
    Crayon and chalk
    Degradable plastics
    Dessert powders
    Dextrose (intravenous solutions, icing sugar)
    Disposable diapers
    Dyes
    Edible oil
    Ethyl and butyl alcohol
    Explosives – firecrackers
    Finished leather
    Flour & grits Frozen foods
    Fructose
    Fuel ethanol
    Gypsum wallboard
    Ink for stamping prices in stores
    Insecticides
    Instant coffee & tea
    Insulation, fibreglass
    James, jellies and preserves
    Ketchup
    Latex paint
    Leather tanning
    Licorice
    Livestock feed
    Malted products
    Margarine
    Mayonnaise
    Mustard, prepared
    Paper board, (corrugating, laminating, cardboard)
    Paper manufacturing
    Paper plates & Cups
    Peanut butter
    Pharmaceuticals – The Life Line of The Hospital
    Potato chips
    Rugs, carpets
    Salad dressings
    Shaving cream & lotions
    Shoe polish
    Soaps and cleaners
    Soft drinks
    Starch & glucose (over 40 types)
    Syrup
    Tacos, tortillas
    Textiles
    Toothpaste
    Wallpaper
    Wheat bread
    Whiskey
    Yogurts

    Question: Of 10,000 items in a typical grocery store, how many would you guess would contain corn in one form or another?
    Answer: At least 2,500 items use corn in some form during the production or processing.

  4. Ike
    June 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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