Monday, August 27, 2007

Corny places I've seen

Trying to dig myself outta the dumps here by recalling all the crazy places that my husband Niks and I have visited in the last five years. We've taken long, long road trips and visited 47 of the 48 contiguous states.

We do the usual touristy stuff, but also very much enjoy the unusual as well. For example, did you ever go to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota?

The Corn Palace is an amazing place. It was originally covered entirely in corn, but after several pesky fires they decided to confine the actual corn to large murals. New murals are designed and installed each year. All the murals and designs are made of corn and stuff like grasses, and so on. No dyes are used at all. Fun place, inside and out.

Another time we were just drivin' along, and Niks asked me, "Wanta go to the Okefenokee Swamp?" Naturally I said "YES!"

Lots of big ol' alligators patrol the dark waters of the Okefenokee Swamp.

We took the boat tour of course and scared ourselves silly. It was the snakes that scared me, not the alligators. Mainly 'cause I don't have any sense. None at all.

We've seen the stuff like Mt. Rushmore and the Bad Lands and had dinner at the top of Space Needle in Seattle. But that's not as corny as Chief Crazyhorse.

Naturally we took the "tour." We always take the tour. You can thank us, and fools like us, that there are tours. They couldn't stay in business if people didn't buy those tickets.

Did you see "Close Encounters of the Third Kind?" I didn't. But I did see the big rock that's in the movie. It's called Devil's Tower. I hiked all the way around it. It's not all that far.

I think the "ride the duck" tour in Seattle qualifies as corny. Whatyathink? It was a lot of fun anyway.

Maybe the corniest thing was Wall Drug. Amazing place. Maybe I'll get energetic and find the photo I took of Niks there. He's sitting on the lap of a hussy. Meanwhile I'll post this one.

Oh, I found this on the web. It might be the very courtesan that Niks consorted with.

I'm not sure the Haines Shoe House counts, since it's so nearby. But it's a great corny place to visit anyway.

Well, the sun has come out and so I'm off to play. See ya.


tsduff said...

I love all your pics - am looking forward to visiting most of those places someday, as in fact I've visited exactly ZERO of the ones you mentioned thus far. I did live in Seattle for a while, but didn't see that thingamajiggy anywhere. I have always wanted to visit the Devil's Tower - great pictures!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

These are fabulous places....I think my favorite is The Shoe...LOL! You and Niks are really game...Go anywhere, see snything...Take The Tour kind of folks, and I am grateful to you that you do....I wanbt to see more of these unusual interesting wonderful places...This was such fun!

Libby said...

OMG, tlp!! when i was little, Mom & Dad took me out west on vacation, and we went to Wall Drug, AND The Corn Palace!! + a lot of other assorted places, like mt rushmore, and all the time, I thought it was i realize how blessed i was! BTW, if you guys ever head over this way....stop in!

Logophile said...

I do think the ducks are corny but I did promise Lime when she comes out here FINALLY that I will take that tour with her.
THAT is how much I love her.
Hope you have a great day out in the sun.

actonbell said...

I so want to ride the duck. Are those real ducks outside the shoe house, or are they stupid lawn ornaments?

Boo said...

Pleased tell me that Maine is the only state that you haven't visited but that you are packing as I type to come up and remedy that.

I love the pics too and the shoe is a gem.

Minka said...


a) I wanna see teh shoe house

b) which State haven't you seen yet?

c) there are duck-rides in Boston,too.

I am glad I shared :)

TLP said...

Tsduff, all it takes is to retire. Then you can see it all.

Well Old Lady, come to south central PA and I'll take you to the shoe.

Oh, Libby, I would stop to see you!

If Lime is visiting, you hafta ride that duck Logo! She would be such a hoot on it.

Just decorations Acton. I will take you to see it any day you say. And 3D too. I've taken her twins. You guys would like it.

I've been to Maine Boo, and liked it a lot. But if I come back, I'll check with you to see if we can meet.

Minka, if you had stayed here longer I wanted to take you to the shoe. I know that you'd like it.

All: I've never been to NORTH Dakota. Just couldn't think of a reason to go. Besides, I think that at my memorial service it will sound interesting for someone to say, "Ya know, she was in all the 'lower-forty-eight' states except North Dakota."

Doug said...

Clearly, we'll be burying you in North Dakota. Maybe even put on your tombstone "She finally made it."

Am I helping to cheer you up at all?

Libby said... you'll see just how MAD thoses people from north dakota can get...

Jamie Dawn said...

There's nothing like a trek through your past travels to perk up your spirits.
You've been to a LOT of places!!
I lived in Huron, SD (which isn't far from Mitchell) for just over a year, and I do not recall visiting that Corn Palace. Shucks! (Get it?) Shucks - as in shucking corn. :-) I'm cracking myself up here!!
I DID visit Mount Rushmore.
I've never been to Seattle. I'd like to add that to my list of places I've been to, but so far... no go.

I suggest you keep a bag of Lindt Lindor chocolate truffles at home at all times. I allow myself one or two per day, and when I'm having a bad day, I allow myself as many as I damn well please.
Buy them at Walgreens or Walmart. YUMMY!!

Cheesemeister said...

I used to go up to South Dakota a few times a year when I worked with the inventory service. Doing inventory was BO-RING! South Dakota has a lot of attractions but I always thought it would be boring as hell to live there. Once you'd seen the attractions what would there be to do. I suppose that's true of anyplace though.
I got your email and read the post you told me about. I don't usually do this because I'm not a huggy person in real life either, but in this case I want to.

lime said...

oh this is such fun an silly stuff i love it. wall drug is indeed a fun place. crazy horse is a lot further along than when i saw it, just a bunch of chalk lines back when i was there.

thanks for the tour!

TLP said...

Oh,yeah, thanks a heap Douglas.

So, Libby, you think there are people living in N.D.? Lawrence Welk died ya know.

If I had chocolate in the house, J.D., I wouldn't have any chocolate in the house. YaknowwhatI'msayin'?

Thanks cheesy one.

The Chief is shapin' up Lime. It's all being done by family of the orginal artist, and they are getting NO federal money at all.

Rachel said...

I saw the Corn Palace on TV. It was quite amazing all the work that goes into that place every year!

Love that shoe house!! How neat!!

PI said...

Those are great and I hope you feel more cheery now. The duck in Seattle I 'm wondering if it is like a bus/boat we went on in London which drove on to the Thames and (fortunately) didn't sink. I often think thank goodness we did what we did whilst we were able.

neva said...

i have always wanted to visit Okefenokee, because, come on! Okefenokee? i mean, that's just so damn fun to say!

and why do i think a fire at the Corn Palace would have been popping good fun, not to mention hilarious?

so, once you've completed your tour of the continental US, guess you'll go "incontinent" and get over to Hawai'i? heh. speaking of "incontinent", once in O'ahu, don't miss The Toilet Bowl in Hanauma Bay. i'm thinkin' you'll love it! ; )

tsduff said...

Incontinent... HA HA HA HA good one Neva. BTW, I wonder why YOUR links work, and mine go haywire?

TLP, retirement is so far off in the dust I think I'll be bedridden before I get there. Better start now I reckon.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

North Dakota is a hard state to miss, but an easy one to miss. As a matter of fact, so is South Dakota. And Mississippi. In fact, there are lots of states you could miss and never feel the difference.

goldennib said...

Those were all neat. I've never been to any of them. The Shoe House looks like Pee Wee Herman's shoe. What a great thing to do.

Peter said...

Hi Lucy, sure hope you get bored again sometime soon, then we can visit all those cool places with you.
BTW Happy Birthday 3D