Watertown to Mitchell via De Smet

Foggy morning

Today we are on the road by 8. It is low clouds and a light rain. Not the most fun to drive in, but not hot and windy.

Next we drive by Lake Preston.

This one is for you, Preston

We are making a detour through De Smet so I can see the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead.

I really enjoy the stop.

The church
Inside their house

The barn

Prairie homes
A sod home, actually built in the ground with a sod roof.

Laura Ingalls Wilder actual photos
As we were leaving we met the De Smet News reporter and photographer. We will be in the Wednesday edition!

We then head onto Mitchell and go to the Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop. We are given a very informative tour.

Old cars and even older wagons

A few of the wagons they have built or restored.

They have only 12 employees including the owner and his wife and daughter.
Two of their biggest clients are Wells Fargo and Anhauser/Busch.

We then go to the Corn Palace where large murals are made out of corn.

Theme: South Dakota Weather

We end the day with a good dinner and get ready for a long driving day tomorrow.