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Jun 3, 2019 - Dignity

Traveling along I-80, we crossed the Missouri River in Chamberlain South Dakota deciding to stop at the rest stop located on the bluff overlooking the river. There was "Dignity", a 50 ft. stainless steel sculpture depicting an Indigenous woman in Plains=style dress and a star quilt. Look closely at her size relative to Sue, Billy and the other people in the photos. Sue is about the size of the sculture's foot. The plaque in the sidewalk is from the Corps of Discovery II organization that followed the route and schedule of Lewis & Clark...

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Jun 5, 2018 - Chamberlain, South Dakota

It is going to be a scorcher. It may hit 100 degrees. We get on the road early. Our destination the Chamberlain, SD. We travel cross-country. We do not need to revisit the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The roads are great. There is little traffic. Occasionally, we see a truck or a tractor. There is a Lewis and Clark Center in Chamberlain. We think that it is an Interpretive Center. It is an Interstate Visitor Center. The views of the Missouri River are spectacular. The Statue: Dignity of Earth and Sky is impressive. We enjoy the stop but we do...

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Jun 6, 2013 - Omaha to Mt. Rushmore

We left Omaha but it was our worst 'getting going' yet! We had gotten groceries and gas the night before. The camper was fixed. All we needed was some propane. We knew of a camper place that was our backup if the rv dr didn't work out. It was supposedly on the way as we left town. Well, after the garman got us lost twice, we pulled into a Home Depot where Dan threatened to call a cab and fly home. Tempers were a little hot, you might say. Of course my snotty answer encouraging him to do it did not help. Ladies answering the phone a d...

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Camping USA 2013

Jun 2, 2013 - Wall Drug, the Missouri River and a taste of Summer

Just as the weather is warming up and the wind dying down, it's time to move on from our campground in Custer and drive north through Rapid City and east to Chamberlain, SD. The Black Hills National Forest faded into the distance as we descended back to the plains of South Dakota. So I looked up "prarie" vs "plain" and while some see them as interchangeable, a prarie is officially a type of plain. Driving through South Dakota, we're pretty sure the scenery is of praries. Lots of rolling hills of tall grasses, no trees and lots of cattle....

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Jun 1, 2013 - Chamberlain, SD

We are here in Chamberlain, SD for an overnighter. We will be leaving the Missouri River on a detour tomorrow and going straight west. In the southwest corner of South Dakota there is Mt Rushmore, the Black Hills, Custer State Park, and the Badlands National Park. We want to see them all, and then we will go north and resume following the Lewis and Clark Trail. The weather has been rainy for the past 3 days. June 2nd will be sunny and warm and we are looking forward to the sunshine. Last night the overnight temp was 48, a little lower than...

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Aug 1, 2012 - 255 mi - Chamberlain, SD

Yippee! Last stop before the Badlands tomorrow. This is a beautiful park. And our campsite overlooks the Missouri River. About 5:00 pm today there was a severe thunderstorm warning. We saw white caps in the river. But after a couple hours it passed over and we were gifted with a beautiful sunset.

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2012 Out West

Jul 28, 2012 - National Day

WOW!! What an amazing day. We titled this “National Day” because we visited three national areas. We started out the day visiting the minuteman missile site D-09. This is the only silo left in South Dakota (we don’t know about elsewhere). It sits in the middle of a field. It is manned each day by a park ranger who sits out there all day waiting for someone to show up. When we drove up, a man was leaving and as we were getting ready to leave, another couple came up, so maybe the ranger wasn’t very lonely today. It is an interesting site. One...

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Jul 26, 2012 - John's Birthday

Chamberlain, S.D. An unremarkable small town but its home of the Sioux Museum. Located on the grounds of St Joseph Indian School. They had some of the most beautiful collection of art and other Sioux crafts from their early days. They made every- thing from the world around them. Best museum all summer.

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Aug 15, 2011 - Trailhead

On Saturday I arrived at the Missouri River at Chamberlain. If ever a prize were to be handed out for the best wayside in America, the one at Chamberlain would win hands down. Great views of the Missouri and a pretty cool museum detailing the Lewis and Clark expedition. Most campgrounds along the Missouri are still flooded but I found a free camping spot on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation with great views of the river from a bluff above. Most unusual experience of the day---went down to the riverbank to take a picture and entered a field...

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Ripsy Walkabout

May 26, 2011 - Ocoano, South Dakota (near Chamberlain)

It was a beautiful day for travel. South Dakota is making major improvements to their interstate system. We ran into numerous sections of one lane traffic. However, we saw very little work. Hmmm! We did not stop in Mitchell since we have visited the Corn Palace in the past. Upon watching the news, we saw sad stories of flooding and property losses due to the Missouri River. 323 miles - Oasis Campground Full Hookups; cable/wifi

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Alaska Bound

May 15, 2011 - On the Road

Day 1 Miles: 314 Total: 314 Campground: American Creek Campground, Chamberlain, SD. Sitting on the banks of the Missouri River in Chamberlain, SD, we are enjoying clear skies, 60 deg and low humidity and watching a beautiful sunset. Last night it rained all night, but as we went to our orientation this morning the skies were clearing and it was a chilly 41 deg. We met some interesting folks this morning, including a couple from Sugarland and Angleton. We finished our orientation early, but had to wait about an hour for a minor plumbing...

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Apr 13, 2011 - American Creek Campground, Chamberlain, South Dakota

Business was completed quickly in Sioux Falls (we now have South Dakota Drivers Licenses)and we topped off our fuel tanks at the Flying J before getting onto I-90 westbound. About 3 hours later we found ourselves at the American Creek Campground in Chamberlain, South Dakota. It's a nice park that is mostly empty this time of year that used to be a Corps of Engineers Park. With the emptiness, the closeness of the spaces is not a problem. A few 50 amp sites, all have water and a few have sewer connections. With our Camp Club discount, the...

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