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Sep 10, 2018 - Fort Pierre Nat grasslands

We traveled through ND past fields of thousands of sunflowers today on our way to SD. Lots of corn, soybeans and sunflowers and that's about it. We stopped in the FPNG below Pierre and found a boondocking place about 3 miles off the road 227 in the open grasslands. Looks like Dances with Wolves! No one within miles and nothing but open prairies. We stayed up to watch the stars and the Milky Way was huge. Saw one shooting star and millions of other stars. No man made sounds - perfect place to camp.

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Aug 29, 2018 - Oahe Downstream Recreation Area - Lewis and Clark Portagge

2018-08-29.Lewis and Clark Portage We are still at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area. Did I mention previously that the shoreline of Lake Oahe, formed as a result of the damming of the Missouri River, is more than 2500 miles going from the capitol of South Dakota, Pierre, to the capitol of North Dakota, Bismarck? This entire area was explored by Lewis and Clark and, in homage to them, Bob and I launched the kayaks into the mighty and intimidating Missouri River near the campground. It was sunny and breezy. We decided to kayak downstream with...

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Aug 27, 2018 - Pierre, South Dakota

2018-08-27.Pierre and Oahe Downstream Recreation Area Flat, flat, flat, cattle, soybeans, corn and flat. There’s an 80 mph speed limit though, why bother with any speed limit at all? The US highways as well as the state ones across the high plains are very good generally. Along the roadsides were prairie sunflowers blazing among vast fields of soybeans and corn and towns of only 221 people whose existence was marked only by the huge silos and signs proclaiming “God is pro-life”. We traveled to the capitol of South Dakota, Pierre, pronounced...

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Aug 6, 2017 - Pierre SD

Thursday morning we left the KOA in Hot Springs just about 10:15 for a very breezy and at times drizzly drive north to Rapid City where we jumped on I-90 eastbound for about 50 miles till we turned north on U.S. 14 at Wall – home of the famous Wall Drug – then on to our home for 3 nights in Fort Pierre, South Dakota. We are going to visit the state capitol here and whatever else the little woman finds for us to fill our days with, though we could use a down-day to catch up on some bill paying and napping...did I say napping?…I meant...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Pierre SD - Oahe Downstream State Campground

This is just a quick stop in Pierre to do laundry, grocery shop and take care of other things like that. Nothing exciting going on. The campground is like a little city. It’s packed with people getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July. We’re moving on to the next place before then, thank goodness

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Retired at Last!

May 16, 2017 - Pierre and Wall, South Dakota

. The 200 mile trip West from Pipestone to Pierre, South Dakota was scenic, but the wind was gusting 20 or 30 miles per hour from the South all the way. Pierre is the second least-populous capital city, right behind Montpelier, Vermont, and the most invisible. Located down in the Missouri River valley, you don't see the city at all until you're about a mile away. Then, as the highway descends, there it is before you. . I'd checked the RV campground directory "Allstays", and Griffin City Park, right on the river, looked good, with several...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Day 13, Friday, Sept. 16

We arrived late after visiting Mt. Rushmore and Mt. Crazy Horse. This was an unplanned visit as we had spent too much time at Mt. Rushmore and Mt. Crazy Horse. Pierre has 2 quilt stores, so we were able to visit those. We drove around a bit to see some of the old homes. We took time to visit the Capital Building. Pierre is the geographical center of the State of South Dakota. I almost forgot, you will never guess who we ran into at one of our stops between Pierre and Sioux Falls! Go on, try! Hank and Pat Thieje. It's a small world. They...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Day 12, Thursday, Sept 15

We visited Mount Rushmore and Mount Crazy Horse. We did not allow near enough time for this. We spent most of our time at Mount Rushmore. This place still amazes me. Rosalea and I had visited many years ago and we were both awestruck by the 'impossibility' of it. The original plans included more complete bodies and had the sculptor lived and the money held out, it might have been so. The monument is "complete" no further work is or will be done other than maintenance. We had a bit of a treat as we were walking up from the Sculptor's...

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Sep 14, 2016 - Mount Rushmore

Pierre, SD The first stop of the day was Mount Rushmore National Memorial to see the sculptures of the Presidents. Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of 4 United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. About 450,000 tons of granite were removed to create the faces. The Presidential Trail (0.6 miles long, 422 stairs) travels down past the amphitheater, past the blasting debris at the bottom of the faces and back up to the Visitor Center. We were surprised to...

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Up in Door

Aug 16, 2015 - Pierre, SD

Sun, 16 Aug: For once the wind is helping... A very, very lazy morning. We slept in, reluctantly exiting our comfy bed well after 0800. We rarely allow ourselves the luxury of staying in bed on a travel day, but today's drive will be a short one and, heck, it feels pretty good! Once up and about we got ourselves fed and Bob decided to dump our holding tanks and top up our fresh water while we are in a full-service site. We hope to spend time at the Rapid City Elks Lodge, which does have electricity but no water/sewer. We eventually got...

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2015 Travels

Jul 7, 2015 - On the Missouri River in Pierre, SD

For the first time since the trip started, I pressed the wrong button and did not save my last entry. Even hit continue when it asked if I was sure I wanted to leave the page. I can tell it is nearing the time for us to be home. We just camped for 4 days in Pierre, SD. It is the smallest capitol city I have ever seen, although I am sure there are others. The population is 13K. Mike and I rode our bikes on the sidewalk and only had to dismount for pedestrians once. We also drove through the city during "rush hour". I won't even go there. The...

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Takin the Slow Road

Sep 18, 2014 - SD Cultural Heritage Center...

Todays post covers our recent visit to the SD Cultural Heritage Center. Brad & Bonnie joined us for lunch and then a couple of hours exploring this interesting facility. Dignitaries, including Governor George S. Mickelson and First Lady Linda Mickelson, broke ground on this premier research center for South Dakota history on May 1, 1987. State Historical Society staff settled into the completed building in early 1989. The building was opened to the public in May 1989. The 63,000-square-foot underground building serves as a reminder of the...

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