Road Trip

Lake Madison SD, “Dignity of the Earth and Sky” in Chamberlain SD

We spent the last few days and the Labor Day weekend visiting my family in SD at my brother’s cabin in Lake Madison. I saw two of my three brothers with theirs significant others and two of my nieces with their SOs.  The picture above is the view from the lake cabin of the sunset

It was very laid-back and relaxed with a lot of really good food. Each of us plans one meal a night and Mom dies breakfast with lunches usually being leftovers. We had so darn much food. And it was all delicious.

The lake was great as usual with the weather being just right. Not too warm and not too chilly. The breeze kept the mosquitoes away and sunsets were beyond compare.

Plus I got to see my good high school friend, Jaime. We manage the see each other every few years and she happened to be in town the same time we were. We had some great times at Lake Madison when we were in high school. And we usually paid for it by being grounded for a little while. But it was totally worth it.

We left Lake Madison to go to Colorado Springs, CO for the next 5 days. My brother, Terry and his wife Bonnie are meeting us there and we should have some great adventures to tell you about. We usually vacation with Terry and Bonnie every October and we’ve been to Maui, a Caribbean cruise and the Grand Caymans. That trip we also got to swim with the manta rays and that was an experience I will never forget.

Dinner Sail with me, Thom, Bonnie & Terry.
Swimming with Manta Rays – Bonnie, Terry, Thom and me.But I digress. 

But I digress.

On our way to Colorado Springs we stopped at the rest area in Chamberlain SD on the banks of the Mighty Missouri. They have a very interesting Lewis and Clark Intrepretive Center there.  The center commemorates the Lewis & Clark 1803-1806 expedition as they voyaged through South Dakota.

It features interpretive panels and murals reconstructing the expedition journey. Take the scenic walk and view the Missouri River and the community of Chamberlain and Oacoma. It houses the 55′ replica keelboat that the expedition used on their journey and also has a new statue named “Dignity of the Earth and Sky”  which was recently installed.

“Dignity” is a sculpture on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota. The 50-foot high stainless steel statue, by South Dakota artist laureate Dale Lamphere, depicts an Indigenous woman in Plains-style dress receiving a star quilt. According to Lamphere, the sculpture honors the culture of the Lakota and Dakota peoples who are indigenous to SD.

The statue measures 50 feet high, 16 feet deep and 32 feet wide. The star quilt held by the woman has more than 100 blue diamond shapes that move in the wind “like an Aspen leaf”. Three Native American women from Rapid City, SD were used as models for the sculpture. The statue boldly proclaims that South Dakota’s Native cultures are alive, standing with dignity.When interviewed nearly a year after the dedication, Lamphere said “It’s been well-received by the Native community, and by visitors from all over the country. My hope over time is it really gets people to think about the beauty of the native cultures.” (Source: Wikipedia).


Dignity at night


It is truly a beautiful work of art with the Lewis and Clark center being very informative. Pus it’s a great spot to have a picnic lunch overlooking the Missouri River. You won’t be sorry you stopped.

Next stop is 5 nights in Colorado Springs. Stay tuned!

Stay safe and keep making those memories.