I'm happy to report it was very good. I selected a homemade spicy BBQ sauce for my pulled pork and Alan chose a sweet sauce for his pork sandwich.
Alan actually wanted to jump in and help out, but unfortunately, we were only allowed to watch.
The United States gained South Dakota as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which sparked an interest in expansion into the Northwest Region. The United States did not know exactly what it was buying and France was unsure of how much land it was selling. President Jefferson asked Congress for $2500 for an expedition to explore the Northwest, its resources, inhabitants, etc. Thus, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, we all remember from high school history, came about. Jefferson selected Army Captain Meriwether Lewis to lead the expedition. Lewis selected William Clark as his partner. In September 1804, continuous rain had soaked their gear as they traveled up the Missouri River. Here in warm and delightful weather, they rested, dried their equipment and repacked their boats.
As we continued westward on I-90, we began to climb and the terrain began to change. We began to see rolling hills.
South Dakota is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Indian tribes. Pierre is the capitol, but Sioux Falls is South Dakota's largest city. I admit we have not been in very many state capitol buildings, but this one was exceptionally beautiful we thought from the outside...
...through the doors where we were greeted by a volunteer who presented us with our own private tour of the capitol building.
We learned even more about our new home state -- more than you have time to read or I have time to report.
However, South Dakota's capitol building is beautiful. If you ever have the opportunity to see it, please do. Our guide was pretty emphatic that South Dakota is definitely a red state. We are proud to be Americans, as well as South Dakotans.
As we prepare to leave South Dakota and return to Illinois to hopefully complete our AC repair, we pray you will join us again to see what we find on our journey.
May God continue to bless our voyage and our family and friends wherever they are.