RV Trip Summer 2012 travel blog

The Meridian Bridge across the Missouri from South Dakota to Nebraska.

This bridge replaced the Meridian Bridge.

Looking south as the Missouri flows toward Omaha.

Rich farmland

A view of the bridge looking back to Yankton, SD.

Lush green trees along the river.

Park and river walk along the banks of the river.

Jerry had to pick Holly up so she could see downriver.

It's a good day for sailing.

But these Catalinas are at the dock!


Last night's dinner was wonderful. Jerry and I both ordered Walleye which is a very good tasting fish. We ate at a restaurant perched on top of a hill overlooking the Missouri River. The salad and warm bread were very good as was the rest of the dinner. We were happy with our choice of Murdo's, only about a 10 minute drive from our campground.

Today we went to downtown Yankton and walked the Meridian Bridge over and back across the Missouri River as it flows south toward Omaha and St. Louis where it joins the Mississippi. Holly went with us and did okay. She's not as spry as she used to be, but neither are we.

The bridge was built in the 1920s and was replaced with another in the 1950s. It was made into a pedestrian walkway last year.

Our next stop was to see a sign marking where Jack McCall was hanged for shooting Wild Bill Hickock. I didn't take a picture of the sign but it said he shot Hickock in the back of the head for no reason. A jury in Deadwood in the Black Hills found him innocent and he was released.

After bragging about murdering Hickock, he was arrested and then tried again in Yankton and found guilty. The authorities did not consider the first trial legitimate since Deadwood was not an incorporated town, it was in Indian country and the jury was irregular. Today there is a huge Walmart just across the highway where in 1877 the whole town of Yankton showed up to watch a hanging.

We headed back to our campsite by way of the marina on the large lake called Lewis and Clark. Our campsite is on the smaller lake behind the dam and it is called Lake Yankton.

There are nine docks at the marina with both power boats and sailboats. We found 5-7 Catalina sailboats in the fleet. We owned a Catalina 320 from 1998 until July 1, 2012. Some of the Catalinas were 35 feet rather than 32 like ours. That seems quite large for just roaming about a relatively small lake.

We enjoyed lunch "back at the ranch" and now Jerry is washing the windshield of the RV so we will have a nice view of the farms tomorrow as we drive to Iowa City to see my brother and sister-in-law.



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