Little House on the Prairie

CAMPGROUND: Brookings Municipal Park. Lovely city park. About 25 sites plus tent area. Level, paved sites with electricity. Water and dump station available. Shade trees. Brand-new bathrooms & showers. Nice grills and picnic tables. $25/night. 4 stars out of 5
LOCATION: Brookings, South Dakota – in east central part of state
WEATHER: Perfect. No more high winds. Sunny, high 75

DeSmet, South Dakota was the final home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the “‘Little House” books. I read all of the series as a kid, and read them to our daughters when they were little. The Ingalls family moved around a lot. They lived here in DeSmet when Laura was about 15.

This is how they travelled here from Wisconsin.

This is the school that Laura and her sister attended.

Then, Laura at age 15, taught at this school

After Laura married Almanzo Wilder, Ma and Pa Ingalls moved to this house which Pa built himself.

The whole town gets into this

While we strolled around the town of DeSmet, looking at all the Laura Ingalls Wilder buildings, we heard lots of cicadas. This one was on a porch, and laid an egg sack right before our eyes.

When we left DeSmet, our selection of highways was limited, as several roads are closed due to flooding. We went east, and stumbled upon a nice winery. The wines weren’t great, but the winemaker was a nice guy. He told us about a municipal campground in the nearby town of Brookings, so off we went.

In the late afternoon, we walked into town, enjoying perfect weather. This is a college town, and we watched students moving in. We found not one, but two brewpubs in town.

People were really friendly in both. George befriended this farmer who gave us 6 ears of sweet corn picked this morning.

Taking advantage of a nice grill and free firewood, George cooked up a bunch of meat. I will freeze a lot of it for future meals.

DINNER: Beef and vegetable shish-kabobs. Served with rice and salad. And – some very fresh corn on the cob. Very good

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