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Sep 4, 2012 - By The Shores of Silver Lake

Having loved the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder all my life, getting to spend some time where she spent many of her years has been a real treat. And Mike even enjoyed the day and all their history even though he has never read the books. How romantic the books and TV show made it all seem but being here, walking in the houses in which she and her family lived, seeing how far she had to walk to school, working in the garden, carrying water to the garden and house, twisting swamp grass to heat the stove because they had run out of coal and...

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Jul 30, 2011 - LIttle Town on the Prairie

After leaving Ellsworth AFB, we drove for a one nighter at Al's Oasis RV park in Oacoma, SD. We were trying to decide how to go from there, and finally decided to drive up to De Smet, SD, stay for a couple of nights and skip the Corn Palace at Mitchell. I'm sure we would have loved the Corn Palace, but I'm glad we had an unrushed time at De Smet. We found an RV park right in the middle of all the attractions with a lovely view out of our front window. It's very shady, so the satellite was not able to pull in the HD channels. It's amazing...

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Two Hams in a Can

Sep 21, 2008 - Travel day - heading to De Smet, SD

Today was a travel day. We stayed in a hotel with a indoor pool and let the kids swim to burn off some energy for the 7 hour drive. After some laundry and packing we were off. To save time we stayed on the outskirts of Kansas City and the most direct route for us was around the city which disappointed us as we wanted some KC BBQ. We expected to hit a fast food place on the road for lunch and as we headed to a Wendy's saw a BBQ place. It looked a little suspect but at Dianne's urging we picked up some to go and it was a real treat. The only...

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Aug 26, 2008 - DeSmet, SD

My folks came up for a visit. We went to Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie today. This was the last place that the Ingalls moved to. Great place to visit if you are ever out this way. It was so windy and they say it is always like that on the plains.

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Aug 26, 2008 - Lake Thompson State Park De Smet, SD 08/04/2008

Lake Thompson State Park is just outside of De Smet, SD. De Smet is where Laura Ingles grew up and married. She later wrote “The Little House On The Prairie”. De Smet bills itself as “The Little Town on The Prairie”. There were several small ground squirrels at Lake Thompson State and the cats tried several times to catch them.

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TravelLust USA

Jul 16, 2008 - DeSmet, SD - aka Laura Ingalls Wilder town.

Back from our day of being tourists - and VERY disappointed!! Everything here costs an arm and a leg. Can't go into any houses if not on the tour - Tour is $8 each and entails walking about a mile. It is hot here and the humidity is about 95% which means I can't breathe - let alone walk. Then went to homestead - $7 each to walk around the barn. Born on a farm - been there/done that. The pageant is $8 each and we have to bring our own chairs or sit on the grass. There are millions of mosquitoes out as there are lakes and swamps all around...

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Summer 2008

Jul 1, 2008 - Angelucci's on the Prairie

We left Rochester for the second time in four days this morning. People are sure proud of their corn out here. First its about all that's planted along the roads and we even saw a water tank shaped and painted like a corn cob. We drove six hours along the Ingalls Historic Highway. Places that all you Laura fans will recall - Mankato, Sleepy Eye, Walnut Grove, and Plum Creek were all places we passed. The first two are small cities while Walnut Grove is not much more than a crossroad with a small museum. We also passed many small towns with...

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Trip Out West 2008

Jul 18, 2007 - Day 24, DeSmet, SD

HALFWAY - today is the halfway mark for days ridden and it is the halfway mark for miles (1650)! Today was not a good day as one of the riders went down hard while following me. Brack (the second oldest rider) was following me as we struggled again with the constant headwinds and for an unknown reason his front wheel hit my back wheel, sending him over the handlebars of his bike onto the pavement - he hit the ground head first (thankfully he was wearing his helmet) but suffered a concussion and was knocked out for a brief time. He also...

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May 18, 2007 - Wall Drug, Badlands and Little House stops in De Smet and Walnut Grove

Our trip is winding down with these last few tourist stops - to be followed by driving and relaxing at the campsites. It's hard to believe there are only two weeks left in this adventure - it's flown by! We left Rapid City and headed to Wall Drug - the South of the Border for those travelling out west. During the Depression, Wall Drug managed to stay open because they offered weary travelers free ice water and 5 cent coffee (travelers are still weary and the price remains the same!). We wandered around for an hour or so. Jay bought toenail...

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