Historical Route Back to Colorado

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Pipestone National Monument is all about the perfect stone to make pipes. This Indian face looks out over the quarries where the best veins of the stone lie.
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I appreciated the Colorado¬† connection – imagine Freemont’s time and traveling this country in 1838. We spent the night in South Dakota at an Indian Casino – how times have changed!
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We spent the day at Lewis and Clark Lake, a dammed up area along the Missouri. We took a tour of the dam, watched a movie in the visitor center, and had found this spot to camp for the night!
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Spirit Mound Historical Site was one of the first land areas along the Missouri that Lewis and Clark came ashore to explore.
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This is a description of what L & C experienced.
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And we did see the buffalo at this monument for the signing of a Sioux treaty.
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Looking across the Missouri River from South Dakota to Nebraska.
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The cliffs along the shore – very picturesque!
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The country side near the Niobrara National Scenic River.
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Believe it or not – we have put 9,000 miles on our van as we head across the plains of Colorado!
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We spent another wonderful evening with our friends in Ft Collins. G helped H level the van with a lift and we were shocked how much off level we had been!
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Our nephew is trying to patent a game the has invented – we got to watch and learn the rules.
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Such a joy to spend time with this delightful girl…
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and her happy, fun loving brothers. So glad we had some more time together!
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Our camping spot on Vail Pass with a morning hike to Shrine Pass.

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