After a quick stop for a picnic lunch, leg stretch and photos at the Jolly Green Giant, we kept heading West towards our final destination. We skipped the usual "Corn Palace" break in Mitchell, SD, in favor of a first visit to the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Site. I had arranged for a 'homeschool' informational packet to be waiting for us-- it was more like a 100 pages of great information, worksheets and projects!
We explored the museum, with their recreation of ancient buffalo-hunter dwellings, observed the active archaeology dig, and learned a lot about the prehistoric peoples of this area. They had a 'kid dig' site set up outside, where (if you were lucky), you could unearth plastic arrowheads to exchange for 'prizes' in the gift shop.
Continuing West, we lunched on buffalo burgers at Al's Oasis . We arrived at our first night's stay just after dusk and enjoyed a comfortable cabin just on the outskirts of Badlands National Park.