Day 667: Pipestone National Monument

We had a restful overnight at the casino.  The humidity broke, and the casino parking lot was much more quiet than Walmart:

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Today we visited Pipestone National Monument, where Native Americans have harvested Catlinite to fashion ceremonial pipes: 

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There was a piece of catlinite to practice with:

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The catlinite exists in a thin seam, pitched at an 8% angle, under a layer of hard quartzite.  The Indians would quarry away the quartzite to get at the catlinite, which can be seen here as the narrow dark layer the the base of the quarry’s back wall:

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The loop hike to a few quarry sites was enjoyable:

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The kids completed their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their badges:

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We continued east to reach Minneapolis, where we will be spending Shabbos with the community in St Louis Park, where we lived while I attended graduate school. 

Good Shabbos from St Louis Park, Minnesota!  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 666: De Soto NWR and the National Music Museum
Day 669: Hanging out in Minneapolis

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