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"missouri river national recreation" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast

"Board amateur traveler pursued seven hundred six today d amateur traveler talks about caves and badlands and Bison missiles and the Missouri and presidents as we go to the National Parks of South Dakota welcome the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about South Dakota. I'd like to welcome back to the show Gary Art from everything. Dash EVERYWHERE DOT com. Who's come to talk to us? Surprise surprise about national parks. This time about the National Parks of South Dakota Gary. Welcome back to the show. It has been so long. Yeah and we never get to talk so it's always a pleasure. It has been a very short period of time since I talked to carry but we have talked about doing this show since we ran into each other. Probably at Mount Rushmore last October September September. I think yeah. Maybe it's October. But yeah we're going to t backs and and this was totally unplanned. You just happen to be a remote rushmore exact same time. It's one of those odd coincidences that happen. And it doesn't happen to meet all that often but there are some national parks in South Dakota. That are not Mount Rushmore. So where are we going if we go to the National Parks of South Dakota? They're six national park. Service sites in South Dakota and five of them are in the West located in or near the Black Hills. And then there's one all by its lonesome in the east so we might as well talk about that one. I and that is the Missouri River National Recreation area. It lies on the Missouri River as you might guess given the name it is in the charming little town of yanked him. South Dakota believe it or not. I was actually rather curious to visit yanked and because I had read a list several years ago that had the cheapest place to live in America was yanked in South Dakota so it was kind of curious to see I was kind of curious. What kind of community is this? And it's very nice and it's not rundown or anything now it's cheap. It just happens to be in the middle of nowhere and that's why the site is right on the border with Missouri arm starting Nebraska and it's fifty nine mile stretch of the Missouri River. Very nice some very large bluffs that are overlooking the river and a national recreation area. So it's not a park if you go to the visitor center and look to get your National Park Stamp. It is not a visitor center per se. It is the office. So that's where the maintenance vehicles and the office staff and they're all there and in that building there's a very small lobby and they just sort of stick the stamp out there for people that want it but unlike pretty much every other national parks that you go to. There's no movie there's no displays none of that. It's very straightforward. It's just something that you can visit. There's a bridge which goes from South Dakota to Nebraska that crosses the river and that's probably some of the best views you're going to get of the river if you WANNA take some photos. There's a place you can pull out just before the bridge. You can't really stop on the bridge nor can you really walk across the bridge. So that's kind of difficult so you just have to keep those things in mind. It's far enough east for. I think you could easily do day-trip if you happen to be in Sioux falls or if you're driving across the state I mean if you wanted to dip down interstate ninety s the interstate. The kind of runs across South Dakota East West. You could do that if you're a serious national parks. Yeah other than that. There's not a lot there. Well I should say for the listeners. The show who are either not from the US or possibly geographically challenged the Missouri River may not stick out in your mind but Missouri River is the longest river in North America. If you include the merchant into the Mississippi River in Saint Louis even if you don't include the Mississippi part I believe North think it's the Missouri Mississippi Slash Missouri. So if you took if you went from New Orleans and then just kind of banked left at Saint Louis rather than right that would take you further. 'cause THE MISSISSIPPI goes up into northern Minnesota whereas the Missouri goes much further will the I? I'm looking it up in the Missouri River just until it gets to the mouth Where it enters into the Mississippi is well for our European listers who I was mentioning this forest. Thirty seven hundred thirty seven sixty seven kilometers or two thousand three hundred forty one miles. So there's really quite an amazing amount of the length of this river not to mention the fact that it empties into the Mississippi River. The river at this point and yanked is pretty good sized. It's not a rapid river. Anything like that. It's far too big for it if anything else. It kind of gives you an appreciation for the river. Think if you go up to North Dakota there are some sites that are close to the as well and you with Lewis and Clark and these the Missouri kind of as their highway to get to the West speaking of the river. I in South Dakota many times live in Minnesota and I think South Dakota is kind of. There's two half's to the state the east and the West in the dividing line is the Missouri River it kind of goes along Nebraska and then it hooks up in when you're on interstate ninety that goes East West when you cross the river. The geography changes pretty dramatically so on the eastern side of the river. It's really flat. Is Your stereotypical great plains. Corn for miles. Once you cross it then you start to see hills instantly like instantly instantly. And that's a function of the river the meandering of the river in the flood plain and everything has basically scour out everything to the east of it and literally. When you cross the bridge you start to see some hills and that's not the black hills yet but it's kind of building up to that. I think you're still well over one hundred miles away at that point and all of the rest of the parks are in this. Western part of the state in the western part of the state is by far the most interesting. It gets the most tourists. You've heard of pretty much anything. In South Dakota it is to the west of the Missouri River in that Black Hills area. So we're talking deadwood Mount Rushmore while drug everything except the Mitchell Corn Palace. Okay and I have not been to the Mitchell Corn Palace. It's probably worth a mention. If you're on the interstate you can turn off in the city of Mitchell. South Dakota and it is a dance hall. It's been around. I WANNA say since the nineteen thirties. The exterior of the building is covered in corn and every year they put up new mosaics of corn cobs on the building and that's their thing and today. I think it's just a museum and I think they actually have moved there like the city hall offices inside. But Laurence Welk got his start at the corn palace. I did not know that and I grew up in a house where Lawrence. Welk was on every Saturday night whether I wanted it on or not from South Dakota got his start as a bandleader was at the corn palace. Nothing to do with national parks but just a little bit of Nether. Bit of South Dakota Trivia. Its nickname is the sunshine state. Yup We have to. There are two states that the exact same nickname South Dakota in Florida. I think Florida probably earns it a little bit more but I suspect that South Dakota appreciates the sunshine a lot more though so anyways let's go west across it and they're two sites before you get to. The Black Hills are both in the park service and by the way the Corn Palace was built in eighteen ninety two. That's way earlier that I is. I was surprised. I think it's claim to fame. I think though is like as a dancehall during that period of time and like from the pre war period World War Two. So we're across the river now not quite to the Black Hills. Were kind of outside the city of Wall South Dakota which is famous for wall drug which is the world's largest drugstore and you only reason that's famous is because they don't do it as much anymore but I remember when I was a kid. We did a trip out there. And I want to say nineteen seventy eight seventy nine and they have signs for wall drug everywhere in every direction in every road and they've started putting them around the world there was one in Amsterdam hundreds and hundreds of miles. Before you even got close. They would say have you. Doug Wall drug and it's states cheesy tourist attraction that gets a lot of tourists. You're GONNA drive through. You might as well go there. I had breakfast there the day I was leaving. And they had actually have an international program where they bring in kids from all over the world and they have like a dormitory and they work at wall drug so let us stuff going on. But so the newest park service site is the minute man missile national historic site and so this is a former titan. Missile Silo Minute Man Missile Silo. You're right and when we signed the treaty with the Russians at the time not the Soviets to dismantle a lot of these silos they specifically put a clause that allowed them to preserve a very small number of these As a museum and I think the Russians also preserve the same right so there were literally Russian observers who came over to the US and they observed the dismantling of all these silos but then they kept a couple of days so this site has three different parts. They are all located off the interstate there couple miles from each other. So you're going to want to do it by car but it's really worth visiting. I was going to visit the site several years ago when I drove through. Because it's right outside of where Badlands National Park is at the time the visitor center consisted of nothing but a trailer and there was very little. Now there's a proper visitor center very nice museum there about the Cold War. Did you get there? I got to that part. But that's the sad part is that there are three parts as you said and the other to take more planning and we did not do the planning properly well one of them definitely does the other two parts are the the Delta One tour and this is in a very unscripted looks like a house like a ranch style house in the middle of nowhere except underneath it is a bunker. And so if you've ever seen the movies where the air force guys are manning the nuclear missiles and each have a key after turn at the same time. That's exactly what this was and the guy who did the two or four US was a former missile guy who actually worked at this site and he's a park ranger now and you get to take the LV. It's not that far underground actually in. It's basically A. I would call a very large septic tank that is designed for people to live in and they would have several days in a row. I would think they would spend down there. And then they would get time off above with bunks dormitories up above with dining hall up above. I want to say that that one site would manage like two dozen different silos located area all connected to this this place by some sort of cable to get a tour of this place requires advanced planning because I think they can only take six to eight people down there at once just given the size of it. When I had my tour scheduled I screwed up the time zones because it's western zone. I screwed it up so I I had to drive very fast very fast and I made it just in time. There's a parking lot like across the road. It's not hard to find. It's pretty well located on the maps in with signs. But I had to kind of run to the gates in the end the fence surrounding the facility and everything else is still intact. They've pretty much left it. This was decommissioned in the early nineties. So it's not that old and they've left all the furniture and everything inside. They have period magazines from nineteen eighty one thousand nine hundred seventy s and stuff that are in there and it. It's really interesting. It's one of those things that I'm kind of glad they chose to preserve it because it's the only National Park Service site I can think of. That has anything to do with the Cold War. I am not coming up with any other one. So you've got me at least for now so if you're going to visit this highly recommend you do it. Make sure to plan your visit into reserve a place on your tour. Several weeks beforehand. At least and maybe even longer than that because they do fill up quickly because the tour groups are so small and that's really the limiting factor. It's the highlight of the entire park experience. So if you're going to go all that way I would definitely do that. And you can easily tied into a trip to badlands national park or yeah the basically the visitor center of that and a visitor centre badlands. National Park are ten miles apart by apart. I mean they're very close. Your Visitor Center you have. Delta a one site which is that and then he delta nine site which is the actual an actual silo and That you don't need a registration for the do ranger tours was there. I believe it was on Saturdays that they did it. So you'll want to check the schedule. I think that might be seasonal in the summer. They probably do more tours. But you don't have to have a tour. They have like an audio tour..

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South Dakota National Parks

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06:08 min | Last month

South Dakota National Parks

"Welcome the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about South Dakota. I'd like to welcome back to the show Gary Art from everything. Dash EVERYWHERE DOT com. Who's come to talk to us? Surprise surprise about national parks. This time about the National Parks of South Dakota Gary. Welcome back to the show. It has been so long. Yeah and we never get to talk so it's always a pleasure. It has been a very short period of time since I talked to carry but we have talked about doing this show since we ran into each other. Probably at Mount Rushmore last October September September. I think yeah. Maybe it's October. But yeah we're going to t backs and and this was totally unplanned. You just happen to be a remote rushmore exact same time. It's one of those odd coincidences that happen. And it doesn't happen to meet all that often but there are some national parks in South Dakota. That are not Mount Rushmore. So where are we going if we go to the National Parks of South Dakota? They're six national park. Service sites in South Dakota and five of them are in the West located in or near the Black Hills. And then there's one all by its lonesome in the east so we might as well talk about that one. I and that is the Missouri River National Recreation area. It lies on the Missouri River as you might guess given the name it is in the charming little town of yanked him. South Dakota believe it or not. I was actually rather curious to visit yanked and because I had read a list several years ago that had the cheapest place to live in America was yanked in South Dakota so it was kind of curious to see I was kind of curious. What kind of community is this? And it's very nice and it's not rundown or anything now it's cheap. It just happens to be in the middle of nowhere and that's why the site is right on the border with Missouri arm starting Nebraska and it's fifty nine mile stretch of the Missouri River. Very nice some very large bluffs that are overlooking the river and a national recreation area. So it's not a park if you go to the visitor center and look to get your National Park Stamp. It is not a visitor center per se. It is the office. So that's where the maintenance vehicles and the office staff and they're all there and in that building there's a very small lobby and they just sort of stick the stamp out there for people that want it but unlike pretty much every other national parks that you go to. There's no movie there's no displays none of that. It's very straightforward. It's just something that you can visit. There's a bridge which goes from South Dakota to Nebraska that crosses the river and that's probably some of the best views you're going to get of the river if you WANNA take some photos. There's a place you can pull out just before the bridge. You can't really stop on the bridge nor can you really walk across the bridge. So that's kind of difficult so you just have to keep those things in mind. It's far enough east for. I think you could easily do day-trip if you happen to be in Sioux falls or if you're driving across the state I mean if you wanted to dip down interstate ninety s the interstate. The kind of runs across South Dakota East West. You could do that if you're a serious national parks. Yeah other than that. There's not a lot there. Well I should say for the listeners. The show who are either not from the US or possibly geographically challenged the Missouri River may not stick out in your mind but Missouri River is the longest river in North America. If you include the merchant into the Mississippi River in Saint Louis even if you don't include the Mississippi part I believe North think it's the Missouri Mississippi Slash Missouri. So if you took if you went from New Orleans and then just kind of banked left at Saint Louis rather than right that would take you further. 'cause THE MISSISSIPPI goes up into northern Minnesota whereas the Missouri goes much further will the I? I'm looking it up in the Missouri River just until it gets to the mouth Where it enters into the Mississippi is well for our European listers who I was mentioning this forest. Thirty seven hundred thirty seven sixty seven kilometers or two thousand three hundred forty one miles. So there's really quite an amazing amount of the length of this river not to mention the fact that it empties into the Mississippi River. The river at this point and yanked is pretty good sized. It's not a rapid river. Anything like that. It's far too big for it if anything else. It kind of gives you an appreciation for the river. Think if you go up to North Dakota there are some sites that are close to the as well and you with Lewis and Clark and these the Missouri kind of as their highway to get to the West speaking of the river. I in South Dakota many times live in Minnesota and I think South Dakota is kind of. There's two half's to the state the east and the West in the dividing line is the Missouri River it kind of goes along Nebraska and then it hooks up in when you're on interstate ninety that goes East West when you cross the river. The geography changes pretty dramatically so on the eastern side of the river. It's really flat. Is Your stereotypical great plains. Corn for miles. Once you cross it then you start to see hills instantly like instantly instantly. And that's a function of the river the meandering of the river in the flood plain and everything has basically scour out everything to the east of it and literally. When you cross the bridge you start to see some hills and that's not the black hills yet but it's kind of building up to that. I think you're still well over one hundred miles away at that point and all of the rest of the parks are in this. Western part of the state in the western part of the state is by far the most interesting. It gets the most tourists. You've heard of pretty much anything. In South Dakota it is to the west of the Missouri River in that Black Hills area. So we're talking deadwood Mount Rushmore while drug everything except the Mitchell Corn Palace.

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