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Old 07-02-2014, 01:13 PM   #15
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I wonder if the moderators might consider a section under On The Road, perhaps called TRAVELOGS. These types of reports, observations and impressions can be very interesting to people. I'm really enjoying this one.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:13 PM   #16
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:38 PM   #17
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Enjoyed viewing your pictures today and look forward to seeing more. I have contemplated making a trip like yours to the northwest and value your comments. By the way, when you get back home you might check the Nashville Music City Airstream unit web site out. A number of our club members who take trips like yours are from your area. We would invite you to check us out and join our WBCCI unit.
Thanks Dave, we'll check it out. And thanks all for staying tuned in...
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:42 PM   #18
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Some backstory...

Folks of a certain age (you know who you are) use life tribulations to motivate and strengthen and more fully appreciate the time we have left. They've enabled me to more properly see things in perspective, not be all cranky when things don't go right, like the inevitable odd site where you simply CANNOT level your trailer and you're really p***ed at the end of a long drive, and the smallness of a travel trailer starts to close in on you.

DUDE! You're Airstreaming the most magnificent scenery on Earth...and you're healthy!! What's to be grumpy about! It's so lame. So 20-something. We're way past that, for better or worse...
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:59 PM   #19
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we live in the southeast as well and want to branch out...I may need to talk more with you in detail!

Wonderful pics! We love pulling off the side of the road and sitting and eating...it makes traveling somehow so much more interesting...

Keep em coming!
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:05 PM   #20
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we live in the southeast as well and want to branch out...I may need to talk more with you in detail!

Wonderful pics! We love pulling off the side of the road and sitting and eating...it makes traveling somehow so much more interesting...

Keep em coming!
South Dakota is highly under-rated as a Sunshine State. Bad rep for blizzards, but from what I understand they only get a big one about once every 10 yrs and they're nothing as miserable and snowy as those dank northeastern winters.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:21 PM   #21
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:39 PM   #22
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The secret to happiness is keeping the wife from getting too hungry. As a self-reliance artist from way back, I tried to coach her to keep her own road-food handy at times when there's no Applebees or Cracker Barrel. (she's a picky eater). So by the time we reached Chadron SP it was time to heat some BBQ. Love me some corn chips and BBQ.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:57 PM   #23
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The road north out of Chadron is awash in tall grass to the horizons. Yellow sweet clover in bloom everywhere we went in the region.

It was the next stop after this pic that floored me in an unexpected way. And I'll bet you wouldn't expect it either. Didn't allow enough time, but geesh, the place shocked me like the first moment I saw the Grand Canyon or the view from Dante's point in Death Valley...
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:08 PM   #24
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...and that next stop was Wind Cave National Park. Hardly a flyspeck enroute to big old Rushmore and the more noteworthy stuff. I'm not ashamed to say Wind Cave brought tears to my eyes. Don't know why exactly. The tall grass, the bison, the ponderosa pines perfectly, randomly spaced in the hills as if God had made a scale HO train layout. Can't remember the last time I saw so much green grass and blue sky together with native bison that weren't being raised to become a food source.

You begin to understand how millions of bison once thrived across the Great Plains. They had an abundant food source.

And the sadness of such a trip is to only scratch the surface of such a place. We got our NP Passport book stamped and moved on.
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More Wind Cave. We didn't even see the cave!
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Keep posting! I'm really enjoying reading this. We are heading out next week for an extended trip. I was mired in the logistics of it all until I read this. Can't wait to see more!
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:50 PM   #27
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Great! You gave me some ideas. My wife and I are starting our big trip next week. I had thought about taking highway 2 out of Michigan to Washington.

I liked your statement about it takes almost 1ooo miles to get out of familiar territory!

Have fun! We'll see you on the road!
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:09 AM   #28
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Sites at the Rafter J in Hill City, SD are fairly spacious. We stayed two nights. This is the Island section. Only 6-8 miles from Rushmore and smackdab adjacent to the George Mickelson trail. Outstanding burgers/shakes at this joint in Hill City.
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