road trip day 4: nowheresville, sd > sioux falls = ez’s stomping grounds

the mission intensifies.  to-go coffees acquired.  we are back at the grind.

we stop in mitchell to see the corn palace.

have you ever seen someone so comfortable at a corn palace?

have you ever seen someone so comfortable at a corn palace?  also, i’m not offering street corn to kids.

it’s a surprise to us all, but the corn palace isn’t where the real story lies.  from the corn palace i saw this gem across the street:

in this photo you can't see that there is a bible playground for kids

in this photo you can’t see that there is a bible playground for kids

walking inside of this place is a confusing endeavor.  it feels like a swap meet / thrift store / candy shop / mess.  we tuck into a small doorway and see the most bizarre indoor playground the world doesn’t even know about.

the first bend

the first bend

caption eric's expression = apprehension

caption eric’s expression = apprehension

what does this egg mean?

what does this egg mean?

christian playground VS air hockey by way of the pods from the movie

christian playground VS air hockey by way of the pods from the movie “troll”

once we exit the playground back through the store the shop keeper basically interviews us.  he has that thick slavic accent that i love.  he asks where we’re from, where we’re going.  we let him know we’re on our way to work on a movie outside of minneapolis.  he asks if we have any animals.  we are confused.  he asks us to bring back all the taxidermy animals from our film shoot.  we tell him, as far as we know, there are no taxidermy animals in our shoot.  he gives us a knowing smile and tells us to call him and we can meet him to give him the taxidermy animals.  then he pulls out his phone and asks for our phone numbers.  eric tap dances into an explanation that we’ll email him and thank you very much.

and then we’re back in the car.

we want to get to sioux falls with enough time to mill about the city because these are eric’s old stomping grounds.  when we arrive he is most excited to have one of “nick’s gyros.”  they are amazing and served by the greek owner.

next up is eric’s old job, a coffeeshop called “black sheep coffee.”  he’s disappointed he doesn’t see one of his old drawings that’s been up for years.  i describe the sketch to the barista and she knows exactly where it is.  she brings it out to show us.

classic eric style

classic ez style

we sit out back and soak in the afternoon for a moment.

out back

that home town swagger

from here we take a slight tour of the neighborhood.

we go to the art center conjoined with the old theater he worked at.  there was a really great exhibition of mixed media works.  this was one of my favorite pop comic pieces:

isn't it great?

isn’t it great?

and then we swap photo opportunities:

ez

ez

jc

jc

eric finds out there’s a ferris wheel in the local sporting good shop.  we check it out before we’re back counting mile markers.

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