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The Trail Continues in South Dakota

Just got back from a highly successful scouting mission for the Great Plains Trail in South Dakota and North Dakota, the details of which I will describe in  a later post highlighting a few sections. Below are some of the … Continue reading

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State Grasses – The Dakotas and Wyoming

The official state grass of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming is western wheatgrass.  It’s a prairie native, and I particularly like the statement from the North Dakota official state website NorthDakota.gov: “tough native prairie grass, once covered nearly all … Continue reading

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High Points – Harney Peak

In order of elevation from highest to lowest, the next Great Plains state high point is Harney Peak in South Dakota (7,242 feet above sea level).   It’s possible I have mentioned all of this before in the blog, so … Continue reading

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An Extreme Simplicity of Line and Shape

While the best thing to do on the Great Plains is to get out and experience them in some physical way, perhaps the next best thing is to read books about the Great Plains, especially if the writer has some … Continue reading

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Paha Sapa

When it comes to mountains on the Great Plains, the Black Hills of South Dakota take center stage.  No other major landform of the plains has anywhere near the influence that the Black Hills has on the region’s geography, culture, … Continue reading

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The Badlands – Good Lands for Traveling

Continuing south, and a bit east, from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, we come to another signature park of the Great Plains:  Badlands National Park.  Badlands National Park, a.k.a. “The Badlands” appears abruptly for travelers along Interstate 90 … Continue reading

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Exclamation Points

The other day on the WordPress “front page,” called Freshly Pressed, I stumbled on a very nice photo which I recognized immediately to be from the Badlands in South Dakota (not the photo above).  I clicked on the blog to … Continue reading

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