I chose Yankton as a destination because thanks to watching "Deadwood" on HBO I knew that it used to be the capital of the Dakota Territory and I thought there might be some interesting history to be had. It also had an extensive array of campgrounds lining the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area on the Nebraska/South Dakota border, some South Dakota State Park owned and some owned by the Corps of Engineers.
|Our campground nestled behind the trees on Lake Yankton as seen from the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center|
|Cottonwood COE Campground is technically in Nebraska|
There is a series of bike trails, but most of the trail system runs along a major highway. We headed out of the campground and headed toward Gavins Point Dam where Wayne stopped to ask how the fishing was. We also cycled through the Chief White Crane Rec Area for a bit. Really nice campground over there too. As for the dam...it's a dam. It takes five minutes to look at, right? The power plant gives tours on certain days, but we decided not to stick around an extra day just for that.
|Gavins Point Dam|
From there we rode out to the hatchery's ponds, most of which were empty. I got off my bike and tried to shoot some of the dragonflies zipping about but it seemed like they had all enjoyed some dragonfly version of morning espresso and I had to settle for just watching them while Wayne circled the ponds.
August in the Midwest is hot and full of ragweed (was not thinking about that when I planned this trip) and I was suffering every time we went outside so we left Yankton 2 days early. It was okay as a stopover place for a day or two, but if you're not a fisherman you'll quickly run out of things to do. Tomorrow I'll tell you about how we spent our day there in the rain. Happy 93rd birthday to Wayne's mom Nellie today!