From Omaha, we traveled along the edge of Iowa into South
Dakota, to an adorable campground called the Red Barn RV Park in the town of Tea. I was wondering how the town got its name, and the story was written on the campground flyer, and it goes like this:
When the railroad line survey from Yankton to Sioux Falls was done, the village of Bryon was founded. It was decided the village needed a post office, so the application was submitted. But several other communities were also named Bryon, so the postal authorites asked for 10 short names from which one would be chosen. Nine names were chosen, and they could not come up with a tenth. Many residents were German, so the tradition of afternoon tea was important. It was decided to break for tea, then someone suggested adding "Tea" to the list. The postal authorities chose Tea, which was incorporated in 1902. We thought this was an interesting story, and hope it will amuse you too.
We drove up to Sioux Falls to the new offices of Dakota Post, our mail forwarding service. Here is the "boss" too, Dustin Strand.
We stayed two nights and got our driver's licenses renewed. YAY! The pictures on the licenses were not as bad as we had expected them to be. LOL. We had planned to continue north into North Dakota. However, when we discovered it would be almost 300 miles to the destination we had planned to visit, we realized it would have to be a two day drive to get there. That would have meant getting there, and after only one night we would have had to leave for Minnesota. We prefer to limit our travel days to only about 175-185 miles so we can arrive early enough to set up and relax before making our dinner. We decided it wasn't worth it this time, so we re-evaluated our trip and decided to travel east into southern Minnesota. We will stay two days here, and tomorrow we will take Mary with us, by car, to the Spam Museum in Austin. We were there back in 2010, but look forward to going back again. I have to get Millie and Willie their own Spam tee shirts to match ours. After we go there, I may make another short post about our visit to that museum. Until we see you again, keep the rubber side down and enjoy America!