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June 7, 2011

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Soapweed

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From the top of a fire watching tower built back in the late 1930's, looking north
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Looking down to the east
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Looking down to the south
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Looking down to the west
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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:
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Handy little tool
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It's purpose is to undo ear tags
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So both the tag and button can be used again
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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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