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A Cold War Minuteman Missile Launch Hot Seat

A one-time hot seat during the Cold War is now the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota.

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My Favorite National Parks of the West

It is no secret that I love the national parks of the United States. I make it a point to go to as many as I can each year, driving to most thanks to my parallel love of road trips. And after seeing so many impressive places through the years, I figured it was high […]

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Driving the Badlands

As I sat in my hotel room the night before my visit, I was really excited about doing a couple of hikes at the Badlands National Park. I had a ton of pages I printed out in preparation for my visit spread across the bed as I watched some television and devoured a pizza. I […]

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Taking in the Sunset at Mt. Rushmore

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American People.   ~ George Washington, first inaugural address, April 30, 1789   I bought my annual National Park pass […]

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Touring a Minuteman Missile Silo

“A nuclear-missile silo is one of the quintessential Great Plains objects: to the eye, it is almost nothing, just one or two acres of ground with a concrete slab in the middle and some posts and poles sticking up behind an eight-foot-high Cyclone fence; but to the imagination, it is the end of the world.” […]

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A Travel Guide to the Plains Indian Wars

Generally speaking, I’ve given up on guide books. I just don’t use them any longer, and I don’t see the need to thanks to our good friend the Internet. So much information is available for free here that it doesn’t make sense to spend money on a book to give you the same information. But […]

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