Revisiting a state preserve in Siouxland, Gitchie Monitou

7 Sep

This summer I revisited a state preserve in the northern most reaches of Siouxland, Gitchie Monitou. I hadn’t been there for a while and when I returned it was kind of sad because of so much more graffiti on the walls of a former shelter. Plus paint cans dumped around the area. And it wasn’t very good graffiti at that.

Graffiti is sprawled around a former shelter building at Gitchie Manitou State Preserve in Lyon County near Granite, Iowa Thursday Aug. 3, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It was a good day to be out, with parts of this summer being very hot and humid, so I though the trip up and a hike would be nice. And the hiking and other aspects of the day and visit were good. Plus I hadn’t seen the preserve during this time of year when it was more green. My last visit was very early in the spring before foliage started leafing out after winter.

Large mansions on the outskirts of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, overlook Gitchie Manitou State Preserve in Lyon County near Granite, Iowa Thursday Aug. 3, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I just find it sad that some folk can’t leave a place as it is for others to follow to enjoy it. I am sure these people have their own residences they could deface with paint or let others deface their residences so those in nature could be spared. But then, I might be a little too old fashioned.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

2 Responses to “Revisiting a state preserve in Siouxland, Gitchie Monitou”

  1. Becky September 7, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    I too am sad to see the defacement of property that doesn’t belong to others. Nearby, some property was boldly being destroyed by some regional town boys. They were caught in the act and claimed that since no one was around, it was okay to do what they were doing. These types of behavior are unfortunate and I’m afraid are signs of societal breakdown.

    Thank you though, for cheering us with your beautiful photography and descriptive narratives that show us that beauty is indeed around us. Many folks do care inwardly and outwardly for what they steward. We all benefit from the natural glory which surrounds
    us which you so carefully portray.

    • jerrymennenga September 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm #


      Thank you. And sad to hear about your own regional encounter with people who have no respect. One can only hope these young men were “helped to see the light”. Indeed there are many wonders around us, some large, others small. None of us just have the time to enjoy some things that are truly worth enjoying if given the opportunity. Technology is a blessing, helping me to c Mmunicate with others such as yourself. But it also robs me of time I could spend exploring other placs as well.
      But those are the choices we make.

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