Speeding through Siouxland, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, North Sioux City, SD

4 Sep
A turkey chick cranes its neck to look for a possible predator after flying into the branches of a nearby tree near a trail along with several siblings at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, July 05, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I used to run nearly everyday when I was younger, pushing myself on the various routes I would chart on trails, streets, tracks, various places always trying to change up the scenery and impact different surfaces had on my body. Until that is my doctor told me my knees would no longer sustain that kind of activity. These days in Siouxland I chart various places to walk, but mostly contain myself to nature preserves and other places where I might see song birds, deer, other critters and where I can walk at ease and not feel in a hurry and enjoy myself “on the journey” as opposed to the journey’s end as I did when I finished my 4-5 mile (nearly) daily run as I did in the past.

Taking a run at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A turkey flies into a brushy area looking to avoid a passerby at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, South Dakota Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Enjoying a morning bike ride at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, South Dakota Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

When at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve I envy those I see out for a run. I just truly enjoyed the exertion and the movement, especially when I found myself in that runner’s “groove”. These days I think of the missed opportunities some of these folk miss when speeding down a trail or path getting in their daily exercise. Making a noise before reaching a point along the trail that might spook critters getting a morning snack or heading to a spot they will bed down for an afternoon nap during the heat of the day.

A white-tailed deer watches a visitor using a walking trail at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A deer and turkey spy a passer-by in a meadow area and then take off in different directions after seeing a passerby at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, July 05, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

My slower pace has led me to other discoveries and enjoying nature in a different way. And I am not saying folk out running or biking are not enjoying nature. A friend rides a bike all the time and and is able to photograph some pretty amazing scenes while out and about. Although he is scanning the area he is in as an avid birder, and looking to document what he sees. I try to walk softly when on the trails since I am actively looking for critters to photograph and much more moving along than sitting in a blind waiting for creatures to come my way. Although recently I acquired a blind and will see how that works out and whether my patience and ability to sit still for more than 15 minutes will help me.

A Western Meadowlark sings from its perch along an open woodland as it watches a visitor using a walking trail at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Cooling down after a run at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Taking a walk at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And maybe my adjustment to my enjoyment of nature has changed since I can no longer run and must confine myself to footfalls as I traverse various trails and places. And I was never a really big biking enthusiast, even less so after some close encounters with drivers who probably aren’t good drivers even without traffic on the roadways. And I am content with that, enjoying the morning, learning animal behavior and seeing if my photographic reflexes will allow me the chance to capture a critter in motion or in its habitat as I quietly and slowly move into a better photographic shooting position without alarming or stressing the animals.

Regardless of one’s reason being outdoors and in nature, it’s good for a person to put down the electronics and just enjoy those moments of quiet and scenes that don’t include buildings, vehicles or other “manmade” items other than bird blinds. Solitude and space has its rewards and I hope to enjoy more of them down the road.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A doe and its fawn make their way down a mowed walking trail at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, July 05, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

4 Responses to “Speeding through Siouxland, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, North Sioux City, SD”

  1. Washe Koda September 4, 2021 at 3:10 pm #

    cool 😎 Jerry. I used to enjoy treks in the wild, bad knees are a problem too. I got tired of rattling cans or drumming on a fry pan so I didn’t sneak up on bear, cougar, moose, or wolf. An ott 6 was not allowed to be carried outside of hunting season ❗️ And my 357 would only tick a critter off. So I moved from the high Uintas of Utah to Tennessee where I open the window blinds in the morning and the kitties & me see all the wildlife we need 😉 ~Will

    • jerrymennenga September 4, 2021 at 9:52 pm #

      Will, No lions and tiger or bears, Oh My!, here. Thank goodness. That’s nice you can see critters outside your window. Like hummingbirds. They are sweet to behold. jerry

  2. Ronnfeldt, Cecelia September 7, 2021 at 10:50 am #

    Good morning. I really enjoy seeing your “Lost in Siouxland” post – it always makes my morning a little better.

    I handle a trust account at Security National Bank that supports the costs of Latham Park. We have had this account since the 1930’s and over time it has run out of its majority of cash. The trust’s largest asset is the property itself. There are events held each year to raise funds for the operating costs of the park. One of these events – Art in the Park, will be held Saturday September 18 and I would like to extend an invitation for you to stop by that day. I think the park is beautiful this year and because of some local grants, we have some great projects in the works.

    Thank you for sharing your talents with us via your “Lost in Siouxland” – I truly enjoy it.

    Cecelia Ronnfeldt
    Personal Trust Relationship Manager
    T 712.277.6591
    F 712.277.6713

    Orders for purchases, sales, or other actions involving cash transfers will not be accepted by email. All such instructions must be provided in person or by phone directly to your appropriate Division contact person or through the main desk at 712-277-6586 or 800-475-4468.

    • jerrymennenga September 7, 2021 at 6:13 pm #

      Cecelia, Thank you for those kind words. I hope some of the photos will bring a smile to folks’ faces or maybe be somewhat instructional depending on skill level with a camera. I was thinking the Art in the Park had already passed, but put it down on my calendar. And if I don’t have an assignment that day plan to stop by. Thank you for reminding me about that event. Enjoy the week. jerry

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