So Speedy and Noah are friends of ours from the improv community, they’re on a two week roadtrip across the fair ole US of A. I thought it might be fun to hear from them, see what it’s like to have two weeks of freedom, and what that really means:
I would be the first to admit that spontaneity is not a quality I possess. I am a planner, I feel most confident and secure when I know what is going to happen. That’s not to say that I can’t adjust if need be, but I like to have a framework and be prepared for as many contingencies as possible.
So when planning this road trip, I really wanted to be one of those people who could just get in a car and drive and see what happens. But that would be counter to everything that I am, and if there’s one universal truth, it is that we can never escape our own neuroses. When it comes to travel, I am always afraid that if I don’t plan, if I just go, I will miss out on the things I want to do most. So for this trip, I plotted must-sees along the route, with extra time built in for the spontaneous. It’s the best I can do.
And some on what they’ve seen so far:
In Mitchell, we found the Corn Palace. Mitchell has had a Corn Palace since 1892. The current Corn Palace doubles as a basketball stadium. The outside of the building, as well as the inside, is covered with large murals done in corn cobs and corn husks. I don’t know why, but I like it.
We are spending the night in Oacoma, on the western banks of the Missouri River. South Dakota really has their act together when it comes to displaying their natural wonders. Unlike Wisconsin and Minnesota, which give no place to stop and enjoy the majesty of the Mississippi, South Dakota provides a scenic overlook high on the eastern bluffs from which you can view the river. Along both sides of the river are cliffs, bluffs and little knobby hills, remenants of the river’s past. A hour before sunset, the hills were well-defined in shadows and were a treat for the eyes.