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Taking a look in Siouxland, Sioux Falls, SD

18 Sep

Some days I can drive about in Siouxland and enjoy the drive and enjoy the scenery, but nothing moves me enough to take a photo. And that’s okay, but I sometimes feel I need to do it. A recent trip again to Sioux Falls and another trip to Falls Park was a pleasant day. A chance to eat a picnic lunch at the park and then a few photos, this time enjoying the ducks that were enjoying the water. Some did a good job treading and one got so caught up in looking for food that it didn’t notice at first that it was headed toward the small falls there. Some days one should just enjoy what’s there, and if you get lucky and capture a nice photo, all the better.

 

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland’s kindred state park, Ft. Defiance

29 Jul

I visited Ft. Defiance State Park, in Estherville, Iowa, this past spring. It is a nice park. It is somewhat hidden from view and difficult to find without asking. Which I find curious. When I first did a search for the park, what I found on a State of Iowa site is that the park is located in Milford, Iowa. When I drove there, I found out the park is actually in Estherville. I drove around the small town, checked out a local city park, Mickelson City Park, but then I couldn’t find Ft. Defiance. I finally asked someone in the downtown area and they gave me directions. And funny that the same road that takes you to the city park, also takes you out to the state park. But there are no informational signs, via the city or the state of Iowa, that gives a visitor a clue where to find the park. 

It looks like it was built during the same era as Stone State Park in Sioux City. Same kind of stone structures, wooded acres, streams with running water, a nice place to spend an afternoon and walk about and listen to nature. A delight for locals for sure, and bewilderment to those visiting the area in trying to find such a nice place. But it is worth looking for and spending some time in.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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