In Walk Two Moons, where was Gramps headed after he saw the sign?

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The answer to this question comes in Chapter 12, “The Marriage Bed.” Sal and her grandparents are in the middle of their driving trip from Ohio to Idaho. They are in southwestern Minnesota, heading for the South Dakota border, when Gramps sees a sign advertising the Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone, Minnesota. A picture of an Indian smoking a pipe graces the sign, too. Probably as a nod to Sal’s native heritage, Gramps decides to take the detour to see the park. They get to see native people working with the special stone that is quarried here. They get to smoke a peace pipe and pass it around a bit. In the gift shop, Gramps buys two peace pipes: one for Sal and one for himself—just as symbols to remember the place and the time, and not to be used for smoking. They stay at a nearby hotel. Sal notices the uses of the terms “Native American,” “American Indian,” and “Injun.” She says she just wishes everyone would make up their minds about which one is most correct. She and her mother preferred “American Indian.”

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