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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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The Maximilian-Bodmer Exhibit

The Maximilian-Bodmer Exhibit

The two of us have officially had our minds blown. As a part of today's 1 PM tour of New Harmony, Indiana beginning at The Atheneum Visitors Center, we were able to visit the Maximilian-Bodmer Exhibit which tells the story of a German naturalist and a Swiss artist...

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The Archway Museum

The Archway Museum

Today's adventure was the triggered by reading an article listing the best museum in every state. It was pretty cool that we've visited around a dozen of these gems but even cooler that we were but a few miles from Nebraska's entry, The Archway Museum at Kearney...

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Bailey Yard

Bailey Yard

It's a dream for a Ferroequinologist (Train Enthusiast/Student of the Iron Horse). We learned about The Golden Spike Tower through Harvest Hosts and although we didn't opt for an overnight stay here we did visit one of the most exciting train locations we could...

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Sweetwater Station

Sweetwater Station

Out of Riverton, Wyoming this morning we headed south on WY-789 toward Lander then east on US-287 through places like Sweetwater Station, Jeffrey City, and Muddy Gap. Nineteenth Century Emigrant Trails passed through here. At the rest area at Sweetwater Station we...

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Pomp’s Final Resting Place

Pomp’s Final Resting Place

What a fabulous find! The brown sign on US-95 indicated Charbonneau Grave Site 3 miles. There are two possible routes from Crane to Caldwell. We chose the southern option, OR-78 to US-95, for no particular reason other than it seems we traveled US-20 east from Crane...

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Donner Pass

Donner Pass

Leaving Nevada behind, we're in California! We've been traveling I-80 more or less following the Truckee River in a direction opposite to its flow from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. It's gorgeous and cool up here at 7,056 feet. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through...

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California Trail

California Trail

Anyone who has followed our blog for any length of time will know that we are fascinated with the stories of the 19th Century emigrant trails. The Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, the California Trail all hold a fascination for us. Sometimes it's prominent...

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Winter Quarters

Winter Quarters

The two of us might know more than most non-Mormons about the early history of the Latter Day Saints and especially of their time in Nauvoo since Karen has an ancestor that professed the faith in Nauvoo but then chose to not join the Saints when they migrated to Salt...

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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.