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Richard & Marge Kleinjan of Arlington visited every one of the sites featured in our July/August story about things to see in each of South Dakota's 66 counties.
Richard & Marge Kleinjan of Arlington visited every one of the sites featured in our July/August story about things to see in each of South Dakota's 66 counties.

Richard and Marge Kleinjan’s Excellent Adventure

Sep 26, 2011

Richard Kleinjan called our office first thing Monday morning to order a new copy of our July/August 2011 issue. It seems their issue, which contained our feature on things to see in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties, had become tattered and torn because he and his wife used it as they visited every one of our featured sites.

Other readers have called to tell us they’ve gone to a handful of places, but the Kleinjans are the first – to our knowledge – to have completed the statewide journey.

They began not long after the issue hit the stands in July with a trip to see the Grandfather Rock near Flandreau in Moody County. They finished on Saturday with stops in Jackson and Jones counties and a drive on the Bad River Road into Fort Pierre. Kleinjan told us he was unfamiliar with many of our recommendations, and believes many aren’t locally known, either. “You don’t read about them in any travel brochures,” he says.

The Kleinjans were enjoying breakfast in Edgemont one morning when he asked a local about the hieroglyphics in Red Canyon. “I’ve lived here 20 years and I’ve never heard of it,” he told Kleinjan. And he says many in Brookings County are unaware of Sam Mortimer’s historic cabin, which stands in Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce.

Another memorable stop was the Stratobowl in Pennington County. Kleinjan said he and his wife stopped there 53 years ago during their honeymoon, but didn’t venture down into the bowl. “You get a better idea of why they launched there than when you just look down from above,” he says. “It’s well protected, so the wind wouldn’t have any effect on the balloon.”

So after two months of travel, the Kleinjans are back home in Arlington. The next task, he says, is organizing the pictures they snapped at every stop.

Comments

11:31 am - Tue, September 27 2011
Bernie Hunhoff said:
Pretty impressive Richard. It took us 25 years to find those hidden places and you tour all of them in a summer.
01:51 pm - Tue, September 27 2011
Bernie Hunhoff said:
We had Dick and Marge on our weekly radio show with Grant Peterson today, and they noted that while on their big trip, their Ford car broke down in Belle Fourche, just a block from the Ford dealer. The dealer gave them a car to drive and sent them on their way. They came back about two weeks later, 2,400 more miles on the car, and the dealer just said "fillerup with gas." No charge.
06:27 am - Thu, September 29 2011
Rebecca Johnson said:
Wow! I am kind of jealous of them. I wish I could do that.
08:39 pm - Sat, June 2 2012
Guy and Sharyn Archer said:
We also completed the 66 county tour this fall, enjoyed finding all the different locations they listed in the magazine. Would love to met with you and compare notes. Thank You for your time.
11:47 am - Mon, June 4 2012
Laura said:
Guy & Sharyn - what was your favorite spot?

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