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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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Mead Cultural Center

Mead Cultural Center

Cottonwood Campground, a COE campground at the foot of Gavins Point Dam between Lewis & Clark Lake and Yankton Lake just a few miles from the town of Yankton in southeastern South Dakota is our home for three nights. It's just across the Missouri River from...

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South Dakota: Stay & Play

South Dakota: Stay & Play

While we are here staying at the Mitchell KOA Journey in Mitchell, South Dakota over the Labor Day weekend, we conversed with several fellow travelers and learned that for most folks, this is just a quick stop along the way either on their way to or from Mount...

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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

Overview Video Combine archeology and a Harvest Hosts location and you've got our attention. Although we were not able to do an overnight stay, we did still get to visit an amazing location. The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village near Mitchell, South Dakota is an...

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The Trees That Pa Planted

The Trees That Pa Planted

Back in 2018 when we visited this area to see some of Laura Ingalls Wilder's homes, we spent an overnight at Lake Thompson Recreation Area near DeSmet, South Dakota. At the time we'd been wishing for a lakeside campsite, but last night on waterfront Site 39 we were...

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Celebrating in Watertown

Celebrating in Watertown

We're still celebrating! Yesterday was our wedding anniversary and we marked the occasion at Dempsey’s Brew Pub on Broadway in Watertown, South Dakota with their award winning Casanova Pizza on Cauliflower Crust accompanied by their delicious Black Bear Stout! And...

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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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The House That Pa Built

The House That Pa Built

As we pulled out of Sioux Falls we were looking to find someplace interesting that we'd not seen before when we spotted an intriguing Brown Sign. Soon we were headed 56 miles north to DeSmet, South Dakota, Laura Ingalls Wilders' Little Town on the Prairie. The town...

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Back to Sioux Falls

Back to Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is just a nice stopping place in southeastern South Dakota and we've stayed here nearly every trip we've made to the area, in 1973, in 2008, and in 2014. This time we chose it because we could make a same day reservation online for a busy weekend night and...

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The Vertex

The Vertex

It's great to explore a place under the guidance of locals. This evening Jana & Ryan took us to Murphy's Pub for some great brews and incredible bison meatloaf and elk stroganoff. From there we walked the streets of Rapid City, a great outdoor party during this...

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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!