I’ve decided that August is my favorite month. In South Dakota, August is when the stormy summer weather tends to clear up giving us more sunny days. Gardens are full, flowers are in bloom, and the prairie is green and lush. My husband and I think it’s a great time for traveling. Since we’re both in grad school, our budget doesn’t allow for nearly as much travel as we’d like at the moment, but there are plenty of places to see closer to home. Last August we had a great time across the Canadian border in Winnipeg. And in August 2008, we ventured to Big Stone Lake in northeast South Dakota.
Fellow (and much more prolific!) blogger Rebecca Terk of Flying Tomato Farms recently announced that she’s about to leave Vermillion, SD, and head to Minnesota as the Healthy Foods Organizer in Big Stone County, MN. South Dakota’s loss will definitely be Minnesota’s gain, and we can all look forward to great things from Rebecca in this job.
Since I haven’t yet posted about our August ’08 road trip to Big Stone Lake, this is the perfect time to highlight the beautiful geography of the area where Rebecca’s headed. She’ll live and work a little to the north of the spot we explored, but the whole area is worth the trip. We camped at Hartford Beach State Park on the South Dakota side of Big Stone Lake.
I have to scratch my head a bit every time I travel through this area. It’s such a stunning place, that I’m a little surprised it didn’t end up more populated. In fact, South Dakota Magazine named it one of the state’s 10 most naturally beautiful places, and I wholeheartedly agree. With a pioneer grave site, an old log cabin trading post, Indian burial mounds, and a prehistoric village site, it has plenty of history, too.
A couple of related links:
Land Stewardship Project
A View From Here: Resettling Big Stone County Minnesota