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RV Days , Issue #003-- Great Faces, Great Places
August 12, 2005
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August 12, 2005
In this Issue:
South Dakota Camping
When we first saw the South Dakota tourism slogan of “Great Faces, Great Places”, we thought it was very clever. Now that we have spent close to a month in the state, we can attest to also being very true.
We have totally enjoyed our travels through South Dakota. Our trip took us across the southern portion of the state from Sioux Falls to the Black Hills. One of our reasons for our trip to South Dakota was to make it our home base state. And, since we would be heading to the FMCA rally in Minot, ND, it was a good time to take in the sights of South Dakota on our way. We spent about a month visiting a lot of popular and scenic destinations as we crossed the 450 miles of southern South Dakota. This issue of RV Days highlights some of the many destinations in the southern part of the state.
To begin, we thought we would share some of the South Dakota camping spots we used while making this trip across the state.
This was the first place in South Dakota where we spent a few days. We don’t normally tend to visiting cities, but we enjoyed some sightseeing, biking and fun events while in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.
Famous Corn in Mitchell SD
Home of the world’s only Corn Palace and convenient from the highway. And there’s a Cabela’s in Mitchell SD. Worth a stop, especially if you go while there is an event going on in town, like the Corn Stampede Rodeo or the upcoming fall Corn Palace celebration. Read about the town where corn reigns.
Wall pales in shadow of Badlands
Sure we visited Wall Drug, but the highlight of this stop was the time spent in the fascinating National Park. Here are some suggestions for badlands.html">how to see the Badlands.
Relive Old West in Black Hills
“Somewhere in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota, lived a young man named Rocky Raccoon…”. We were here for almost three weeks, and those Beatles lyrics kept popping into my head. Not that we have anything to say about ‘ole Rocky and we didn’t see any raccoons. But we do have quite a bit to say about the Black Hills and we saw a lot of other wildlife. This is beautiful country and there is a ton to see and do. In our time here, we barely scratched the surface, but we gave it our best shot. Read our new pages on these great places. Relive the old west in the historic town of Deadwood. Appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape in Custer State Park. Marvel at majestic Mount Rushmore. And beyond these well-known spots are a myriad of other attractions and activities in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Good book for trip planning... Most Scenic Drives In America. It has snippets on scenic parts of each state with some nice pictures - great for planning travel routes.
Some random snippets on boondocking...or perhaps you prefer to call it dry camping. As we have traveled along, we have balanced some free dry camping with stays at cost effective campgrounds in our discount/membership programs, state and national parks.
Our coach is equipped with a generator and fresh water and holding tanks that enable us to dry camp for at least a week. But a few notes on free camping.
RVer's Notebook Manage costs, keep track of where you have been and what you enjoy. Check out this handy software package to help manage all sorts of RVing things.
RV Videos can often make learning about the world of RVs more interesting and enjoyable. Great way to learn for newbies, and a handy refresher for veteran RVers.
Well, we are off to Minot, ND for the FMCA rally. Next time, we’ll let you know about our stops along the way and report back on the rally.
Until next month, hoping you Put a Smile in Every Mile!
Jose and Jill
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