Driving in Rural Siouxland, Rural Monona County

14 Jul
A turkey vulture flies above a valley floor of the Loess Hills region in rural Monona County Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I have not spent as much time in recent months driving in rural Siouxland as I would have liked. Work and the weather didn’t make such a drive very scenic. The spring remained brown and visually unappealing for a long time. But now with recent rains everything has begun greening up although a moderate/severe drought warning is still in effect for parts of Siouxland and elsewhere in Iowa. Low rain fall and not much snow during winter makes farming this year a bit tenuous.

Gravel roads and green scenery await any traveler driving around the Loess Hills region in rural Monona County Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
A gravel road becons a traveler driving around the Loess Hills region in rural Monona County Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

But driving the backroads in Siouxland is always nice. It’s quiet, there is no need to speed as time somewhat suspends itself as you wind around the Loess Hills scenic byway roads, enjoying the landscape and area for what is there. Nothing more, nothing less. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Quiet, peaceful, a bit of solitude and maybe a day of contemplation.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Spring flowers seen while driving around the Loess Hills region in rural Monona County Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Not all access points are gravel roads seen in the Loess Hills region in rural Monona County Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Green hills await visitors while driving around the Loess Hills region in rural Monona County Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

4 Responses to “Driving in Rural Siouxland, Rural Monona County”

  1. Becky J July 14, 2021 at 7:59 am #

    Your photos are so very pretty and peaceful. Thank you, Jerry.

    • jerrymennenga July 14, 2021 at 3:45 pm #

      Becky, Thank you for your kind words. Driving in the country and getting away from everything, while listening to a little jazz, helps me keep a bit of perspective and shut out the white noise that fills most of our days. Different therapy for different folk. jerry

  2. Brian Scoles July 17, 2021 at 3:53 am #

    I grew up in Mapleton, but have lived elsewhere for more than thirty years. (My parents still live in Mapleton.) I came across your site via Twitter. It’s made me homesick, Jerry. Thank you for this blog. I’ll be checking it regularly. While I may live in the Twin Cities, my heart still remains in Monona County.

    • jerrymennenga July 17, 2021 at 6:59 am #

      Brian, Thank you for the kind words. I have lived mostly in rural type areas all my life working for small newspapers around the country. I enjoy the open spaces and appreciate them more as I get older, just wandering, aimlessly at times, around the Siouxland area. You can check older posts about Monona County as I’ve gotten “wiser”, maybe, and include the community’s name or that of the county I made the images in so it would be easier to do a search for specifics. You have a nice weekend. jerry

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