From Minnesota we headed to Aberdeen, South Dakota. It’s a little city in northeastern South Dakota. We headed there to see family that lives nearby. We stayed in Aberdeen because the town they live in is tiny and only has a hunting lodge. My mom isn’t a fan of hunting lodges so the bigger city was better for us.
Aberdeen is about six and half hours from the mall. It might not take so long but it’s mostly back roads with lower speeds. We spent the day enjoying corn and soybean fields broken up by the occasional small town. And by small I mean tiny! We went through one that had a population of 10. I didn’t know you could have a town with only 10 people.
I was very excited to see family. We visited The Man’s oldest brother’s family. They hadn’t met Munchkin yet and I hadn’t seen them since our wedding 4 years ago! The visit was long overdue. We had dinner the night we arrived and the next day we went to Storybook Land and than had dinner at their house.
We had a great time! Storybook Land was fun and Munchkin loved it! It’s a free park and it has tons of slides and things to climb on, all themed from kid’s story books. There was also a carousel that Munchkin got to go on (twice) with her cousin. The write of the Wizard of Oz lived in Aberdeen for a few years so there was a section based on the book. I’m not a huge fan of Oz but it was fun.
After resting for a few hours Mom, Munchkin & I headed to my in-laws house for dinner. We were able to talk and relax for a few hours. An added bonus was that we go to watch the forth quarter of the Ducks game. I also found out that my brother in law is cooks as well as his brothers. I married into the right family as all four brothers can cook, and cook well. We were treated to BBQ chicken, deviled egg potato salad and baked beans. It was so nice to eat home cooked food after eating out so much.
After this we were venturing out into ideas of what and where we wanted to go and nothing set. We decided our next stop would be Rapid City to see Mt. Rushmore!