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Sep 18, 2014 - Pt 2, Heritage Center...

This will be part two of our recent visit to the SD Cultural Heritage Center. We're now entering the 2nd gallery 'Proving Up', which shares the experiences of explorers, trappers, settlers, miners, and immigrants to a remote territory. The 'Proving Up' gallery explores how pioneers and statesmen established a booming state. I'll finish this post in the 3rd gallery entitled 'Changing Times - South Dakota in the 20th Century' which examines the changes & challenges the people of South Dakota faced during the 20th century. The 'Changing Times'...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Pierre State Capital...

Today Larry & I had a private tour of the South Dakota State Capitol here in Pierre. I called a day ahead of time to inquire about the tour schedule & was told that they would 'find' a volunteer to give us a private tour at 1:30 PM the following day. I was a bit taken back but pleasantly surprised. We agreed to meet at the appointed time & sure enough, Karen was there waiting for us when we arrived. Karen spent two solid hours with us & she was so knowledgeable & pleasant! It was great. Turned out she lived in Las Vegas for several years so...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Boondocks...

A couple of weeks back, when family was visiting, we decided to spend an afternoon exploring some of the other things to do in the Black Hills aside from the natural beauty. We took two vehicles so we could 'spread out' a bit, & you just never know when I want/need to stop for a photo opportunity. Larry, Bonnie & I agreed to meet the other traveler's at Boondocks as I wanted to stop & check out Pactola Lake along the way. It was a lovely day with white puffy clouds, my favorite! The plan was to check out Boondocks and then make a quick run...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Dakota Western Heritage Festival...

Ok, so I'm going to bounce all over the place in these next few posts, lol! But I thought I'd write about this past weekend now while it's still fresh in my mind. As you know, we arrived in Pierre, SD this past Friday. After setting up we headed into town to the courthouse for an open mic session with many of the performers participating in the Dakota Western Heritage Festival over the weekend. You might say "what the heck is that?" Well, the program stated it best as "A celebration of Western traditions and lifestyle through poetry and...

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Sep 13, 2014 - Trolley on the Trail...

Last Wednesday Larry, John, Joyce & I took our '88 year young' friend Lila on the Trolley on the Trail ride, which allows people with impaired mobility to experience the Mickelson Trail. The ride travels from the Hill City trailhead to Rochford, about four hours from start to finish. Named in honor of the former South Dakota governor who crusaded for the trail before his death in a plane crash in 1993, the George S. Mickelson Trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills, connecting Deadwood with Edgemont 114 miles to the south. The trail...

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Sep 12, 2014 - On the road again...

This will be short & sweet. Just wanted to let all of our family & friends know that we have arrived safely in Pierre. It was quite the ordeal getting our slides unfrozen this morning. Oh my! A big thanks to our friend Dick for all of his help. Larry was not happy with the fact that he was on the top of the ladder so we were very glad when the slides were clear & his feet were firmly planted back down on the ground. It was also a welcome sight to see the sun this morning. Temperature was around 35 when we pulled out & there was drifting...

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Jun 25, 2014 - Très très accueillant ce Sud Dakota

Good morning America, Différent ici comme paysage, il y a des animaux ds les champs et des valons. Je suis a Pierre Capital du SD. La ville à prit son nom d'un explorateur Français venu par les rivières du bas Canada vers 1700... Pas très gros comme Capital, env 15000 habitants. Cependant, il faut dire qu'il n'y a pas de grosse ville au SD et c'est bien ainsi. Par contre, leur hospitalité est hors de ordinaire. Après Polo (Joe ancien artilleur qui a fait Irak) et L'invitation de Michelle et Colin rencontrer en Ontario pour le 4 juillet à...

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Jun 9, 2014 - Pierre

Took a ride on the Native American Scenic Byway this morning which dropped us off in Pierre, the state capital. While there we visited the capital building. Just north of Pierre is the Oahe Dam. We took a 40 minute tour which educated us on just how this dam generates electrical power. Very interesting.

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Our Dakotas Trip

Jun 6, 2013 - Pierre SD - Oahe Downstream State Campground

Another nice South Dakota State campground. The sites are huge! Bridget has plenty of running room and there's an added plus - SQUIRRELS! She is one happy puppy!! Got all the fish we were allowed here in Lake sharp. They were harder to get, but generally bigger than what we got on Lake Francis Case in Fort Thompson. I got a 22" walleye. It was my second time to catch a walleye that big. The other time was on a guided fishing trip in the Lake of the Woods. Roger and I found this big guy by ourselves.

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Retired at Last!

Aug 8, 2012 - South Dakota

We set out today for our eventual destination, Farm Island State Recreation Area in South Dakota. We’ll follow the Missouri north and west. But we decided early on to see if we could track down the mystery of where Private Shannon was. Turns out twelve little towns along the route he possibly took searching for those horses all had erected some kind of plaque, statue, memorial or something. So on the main highway it would say “Lewis and Clark Historical Site.” But in the years since this seemed like a good idea, many of the memorials had...

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Jul 14, 2012 - South Dakota-Visiting Madison and Pierre

Greetings from South Dakota and the capital city of Pierre where the great Missouri River bisects the state into two geographically and socially distinct halves know to its residents as “East River” and “West River”. Eastern South Dakota is home to most of its population and crops while the western section is dominated by ranching and is home to most of the state’s tourism. We spent 5 days in our hometown of Madison, South Dakota where we renewed our driver’s licenses (mine was VERY expired!), met with our CPA and conducted other business....

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Jul 11, 2012 - Pierre, SD

Today was a mirror image of the ride to Casper, WY last week. It was 117 miles, but this time the 20 mph wind was mostly on our rear quarter (for those trig afficionados -- giving 71% the benefit of a tailwind). We finished the ride 2+ hours faster than last time. My aching butt was thankful for that. The ride was mostly through agricultural country -- wheat, corn, hay -- crops off to the horizon. It's daunting to think of nothing but wheat fields from here to the Canadian Border and beyond. Hundreds of miles of wheat. That's a lot of...

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