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South Dakota’s Badlands National Park

by Jenna Schnuer on May 9, 2012

The photos (shot May 1-4) tell a small part of the story. To just barely start to really see South Dakota’s Badlands–a massive unimaginable otherworldy place–requires days of driving, hiking, and just looking. The first day is all jaw drop. After that, it’s still all jaw drop but you start to recognize the Badlands’ massive […]

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Here’s looking at you, kid: the burro edition

by Jenna Schnuer on May 7, 2012

One of Custer State Park’s wild burros (just before he tried to stick his head into the car) and artist Gary Underwood’s fully domesticated pack mule in Hill City, South Dakota.

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A Prairie Dog Diptych

by Jenna Schnuer on May 7, 2012

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The Badlands

by Jenna Schnuer on May 2, 2012

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At Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

by Jenna Schnuer on April 30, 2012

Most of the parking lots sat empty. Spring and summer travelers haven’t started pulling in yet. The park, for now, belongs to the locals. As always, the Falls and the Monarch of the Plains were waiting for them. Today there was also a game of leap frog.

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Wisconsin’s Great River Road

by Jenna Schnuer on April 27, 2012

Head up Route 35 along Wisconsin’s “West Coast” and you’ll have good company along the way: the Mississippi River and 33 river towns, each with its own personality. Where should you start? Dubuque, of course. Though it’s not in Wisconsin, the city’s National Mississippi River Museum, provides the perfect pre-drive river immersion course. Click on […]

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An occasional series in which I ask somebody behind a counter where I should go in the area. Results may vary. I didn’t plan to end up in Dubuque. But things changed while I was eating a cheese sandwich. A brick cheese sandwich. (Perhaps I’m the only person in the world who didn’t know this […]

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Pop to Plain

by Jenna Schnuer on April 19, 2012

Tuesday morning started with another yellow Pittsburgh bridge, the Andy Warhol Bridge (aka, the Seventh Street Bridge). I’d long wanted to visit The Warhol: so, before heading out of the city, that was my final stop. I’ve always had a thing for Warhol’s work. Yet something felt a little off at the museum. Whenever I’ve looked at Warhol’s […]

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An occasional series in which I ask somebody behind a counter where I should go in the area. Results may vary. Today, while paying for a sandwich (smoked turkey and swiss on whole wheat, a little mustard) at the Amish Door Market & Deli, I asked the 20-something woman behind the counter what she would recommend […]

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Who knew?

by Jenna Schnuer on April 16, 2012

At the start of their show at the Rex Theater, the Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile got right to it: “Why has it taken us so long to get to Pittsburgh?” I was glad I wasn’t the only person in the room who was late in adding Pittsburgh to her life. This place. This place! For the quick […]

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