In some parts of the country campgrounds are a dime a dozen. Rapid City, where we just came from, had so many that it would have been hard to choose one if our friends weren't already there. On today's route pickin's were slim. Very few people live in South Dakota and it was an easy, speedy drive across the familiar flatness of the midwest. It struck us how green the grasslands were. We've always come through here in the summer and the land looked golden and dry. Once we got over the Minnesota border there was only one campground right off of I-90 in Welcome, which is the sort of stop we look for on a long, driving day. It looked like a Passport America park, which meant we would only have to pay 50% of the $30 nightly fee. But when I phoned ahead, this little park was already full.
Luckily, our friends confirmed what we had read about the campground in the Faribault County Fairgrounds. The first night you stay here it is totally free. And that's all we want. We have 50 amps, water and a sewer connection. Since we have left Anacortes we have had three nights of free camping and two nights at $20 total. People always ask us how cheaply you can live with this lifestyle. I guess the answer is that one major factor depends on where you stay.
From the highway we could see the statue of the Jolly Green Giant looming over the town of Blue Earth. According to the tourist literature the first can of creamed corn was processed here in 1936. The Giant changes his outfits with the season. He has special T-shirt he wears when the Sturgis bike rally takes place down the road and a red scarf for the holiday season. The Eskimo Pie was also invented here. What more could you need?