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Spirit Mound

Spirit Mound

In search of more information about the history of this area we visited the headquarter of the Missouri National Recreational River in Yankton, South Dakota and talked with a ranger. Following that conversation we headed half an hour east to Spirit Mound Historic...

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Fort Totten Indian School

Fort Totten Indian School

On the south shore of Devil's Lake is the Fort Totten State Historic Site on the edge of the North Dakota town by the same name. It sits on land that was home to the Dakota people at the turn of the Nineteenth Century. Indeed some of their descendants still reside on...

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Dignity and Bison Burgers

Dignity and Bison Burgers

Heading west from Lake Thompson it was an easy jog into DeSmet to replenish our food supply at Maynard's Foods before continuing our journey. It's a great small town full service grocery offering everything we need without too many choices and very friendly service to...

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Peace Pipes

Peace Pipes

See Park Video It's a sacred place to many of the Native American peoples. It's the source of an easily carved deep red stone that is found in few places in the world. The finest and richest deposits are here in southwestern Minnesota. They have used it for centuries...

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How We Remember

How We Remember

See Park Video We returned this morning to Little Big Horn for the ranger talk on Last Stand Hill, to remember the soldiers and warriors who fell here in defense of what they believed was right, to visit the Indian Memorial and to ponder the prospect of unity through...

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Little Big Horn

Little Big Horn

In 1868 the US signed the Laramie Treaty with the Lakota and other tribes ceding reservation lands and creating unceded territory for the use of the nomadic tribes for hunting. In 1873 the US experienced a severe recession. In 1874 gold was discovered in the Black...

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A Return to Crazy Horse

A Return to Crazy Horse

Although we will not linger too long in the Black Hills this trip, we both wanted to take the time to revisit The Crazy Horse Memorial. Although we visited the area in 1973 and were aware at the time that a carving of Crazy Horse was in progress we listened to those...

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Fort Buford

Fort Buford

Then of course we visited Fort Buford, the military fort near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. It was established in 1866 and built hastily of cottonwood trees. The following year it was completely rebuilt using materials from the dismantling of...

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Fort Union

Fort Union

See Park Video Today we made our way to the impressive edifice on the northern North Dakota prairie, Fort Union! One of the rangers there told us that so many stories of the big white fort were told among the Native Americans that members of the Nez Perce made the...

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North Dakota Heritage Center

North Dakota Heritage Center

The Art Deco skyscraper that is the North Dakota state capitol building sits on a amazing expanse of parkland in Bismarck that is home also to the North Dakota Heritage Center. Wow! They do an amazing job of telling the story of the place we now call North Dakota from...

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Planning a trip? Dreaming of travel? Perhaps some of our adventures could inspire yours! Over the last several years we’ve had the distinct pleasure of many cross country journeys traveling though the Lower 48 in tents and our various teardrop campers as well as an amazing Alaska adventure that did not involve a camper.

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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

We made it to the Top of the World, or at least the northernmost land mass in Europe, Magerøya Island. On our coach tour we learned much about the natural history and the cultures of this starkly beautiful place.