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Posts Tagged ‘South Dakota’

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Confucius didn’t think so. Neither did Gandhi nor Mother Teresa. Of course, taking a vow of poverty kind of takes money out of the equation. (Confucius didn’t actually take any vows of poverty that we know of, but as a teacher he probably still qualifies.) My point is that it’s… read more >

Anticipation

When I was growing up I couldn’t wait for summer vacation so that I could escape my parents’ contentious and migratory household to spend three glorious months on my grandparents’ ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  I was only seven years old when I made my first solo… read more >

Spring Has Sprung

For many people, myself included, the most joyous words in the English language are “Pitchers and catchers report!”  I have been fortunate for many years to spend two weeks in the normally dreary month of March, basking under the Florida sun in as many Major League Spring Training ballparks as I… read more >

Black Hills Pow Wow

October is pow wow time here in the Black Hills. One of the largest annual pow wows in the country is staged right here in Rapid City the first week of October. Hold that thought. First some background: I moved to Indian Country from New York over 40 years ago… read more >

Native America

A long-time friend recently commented after reading our latest newsletter, that I was really doing a lot on reservations these days. She doesn’t know the half of it. I’ve been working with Native America since my previous life as a documentary producer and script-writer for the National Park Service, Public… read more >

Buffalo Roundup Sells Out Seven Months Before Departure

You’ve heard me extol the virtues of Travel Alliance Partners (TAP) in this space before. But I simply can’t overstate the importance of this new business model to the travel industry and the end user alike. When a program sells out two years in a row because of the participation… read more >

Buffalo Roundup an Old West Tradition

Ever since park rangers started rounding up some 1,200 head of buffalo each fall for the annual branding, sorting and vaccinating of the herd, visitors have been fascinated by this Old West tradition. In 2008 over 11,000 people witnessed this one-of-a-kind event in western South Dakota, and the festivities grow… read more >

Explore the Lewis and Clark Trail

Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery departed St. Charles, Missouri on May 21, 1804, to begin their expedition into the unknown. Their journey was backbreaking, fraught with danger and took 28 months. This summer you can see and experience the Lewis & Clark Trail in air-conditioned comfort… read more >

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