De Smet Super Deluxe Inn & Suites
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DAY 73 of Circumnavigation
Miles Driven - 358
Total Trip Miles - 4013 since leaving Ananda Village mid May (Really?)
Temp - 83 then down to 60.
A clean CharLi wends its way north from Sioux Falls. We wished we could ...
... on the side of the road and told Clare that the 3 deer came to wish her happy birthday because she was 3 years old now! She smiled and nodded her head in total amazement! The drive went smoothly and we only had to stop once for gas and once to let a trailer moving a house go by. Interesting to see. We drove on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historical Highway as we neared De Smet.
'This was a great experience and I'm glad we did it. Hard to believe that people would give up all that they know and come to a new place with many new challenges so that they could have a farm and some land. Many didn't make the homesteading requirements and for them the trip was in vane - the Ingalls did all that was required: 1. had to be over 21 2. had to work the land for 5 years and 3. had to farm a certain percentage of the land (they ...
... wagon rides would begin. But no one was there so we walked around the farm ourselves.
Out to the wheat field and oat and the corn fields to the prairie grasses and past the slough down to the school house which we explored and enjoyed. All of this was completely by ourselves.
We returned to the office and turned in our key, did some shopping and then I mentioned I was sad to have missed the wagon ...
... Americans lost their home when the treaty was signed and the homestead act opened up the Dakotah territory. An important part of the treaty included the provision that they could come here to get the stone for their pipes. They still mine it. We didnt have much time before they closed but I was glad to see the other side to homesteaders like the Ingalls. They had free land because the Indians lost ...