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June 7, 2011

Soapweed

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From the top of a fire watching tower built back in the late 1930's, looking north

Looking down to the east

Looking down to the south

Looking down to the west

Looking south to the distant Sandhills. Our place is a few miles on south of the farthest hills.

For those who didn't see these pictures on the Z-Tag post:

Handy little tool

It's purpose is to undo ear tags

So both the tag and button can be used again

I've had this for many years. It is handy for taking out old ear tags even if they won't be used again, and more user-friendly than to cut the button.
 

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So where is the fire tower? I used to love climbing the one at Halsey, back when it was manned all the time. Now I am not sure its even open to the public.
 

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Before I read the caption I was thinking "boy thats a tall windmill"
 

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George said:
Before I read the caption I was thinking "boy thats a tall windmill"
Not me I was think Soap is one tough/brave soul to climb something that tall. I am scared of hieghts and that one picture almost got me. Neat pictures though
 

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The fire tower is on LaCreek Wildlife Refuge in Bennett County, South Dakota. It had probably been fifteen years since I had climbed to the top of it. I was kind of happy to almost keep up with the Kosmo Kid as we trudged up the steps. :wink:
 

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LazyWP said:
So where is the fire tower? I used to love climbing the one at Halsey, back when it was manned all the time. Now I am not sure its even open to the public.

The last time I was at the Bessey Nat'l Forest a couple of years ago, the fire tower was closed. The sign said something about handrail regulations. Silly goobermint regulations anyway. I think you could still set up a tour in advance.
 

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