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Monday June 17, 2002 -  Pierre, SD

Viewing the Great Plains from the bus is truly a spiritual experience. Surrounded by vast green fields which stretch for miles and are dotted by occasional herds of cattle, small groves of trees, a few farm buildings or rolls of hay I am overwhelmed by its grandeur. The huge sky seems to be a blue and white bowl turned upside down, enclosing our world. To an Easterner accustomed to going only a few miles without seeing a town, a city, or at least a community, this is a wonder.

I can't help contrasting this comfortable, convenient, interesting bus ride with the struggles of the Corps of Discovery; poling, towing, or dragging their boats and supplies, and never knowing what their adventure might be. The men may have said the trip was "tough", "cold", "difficult", or even worse, but I call their trip and this country "awesome." Jean Corey ok

Art & Mary Sandvik at Chamberlain, SD

Marty Link tastes the waters of a new river.

Old Chapel ruins at Fort Randall near Yankton, SD


Statue at St. Joseph Indian School, Chamberlain, SD


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