by Holly Kuchel
Today, waking up at 4:45 A.M. to go to South Dakota was something that I was not looking forward to. I was just coming off of a 7 hour drive from Iowa the previous day, and I was dreading the ten hour drive. Once we got on the road after a short delay, all three of the kids in Nahmie’s car had fallen asleep. After about an hour, we had awoken to country music. Immediately, we had changed the music to something more pleasant and we were on our way!
After gas station stops, we had arrived at the Corn Palace. The Corn Palace was not as “corny” as I had expected, yet it was still interesting. Our next stop was at the Chamberlain Visitors’ center and museum with quite a view, immediately followed by a trip to a school related museum. Both museums were quite eye-opening, proving a new viewpoint on the struggles faced by the Lakota. Before our arrival at Lakota Prairie Ranch, we had traveled to the colorful, vibrant Badlands. Finally, after our long excursion, we had quite the time setting up our tents. We ended the night with a dinner at the resort and we headed into our tens quickly after the long, exhausting, day. Although my first day was exhausting, I am so excited for what is to come tomorrow.