February 1, 2018

Sioux Falls Sculptures

Monarch of the Plains
12 tons!
I'm glad a real buffalo doesn't weigh this much! 
Can you imagine?


The details let's nothing to the imagination.

The American Farmer
What are his thoughts?
Will there be a drought?  Will there be too much rain? 
Will I have the money to harvest?  Will someone buy my harvest?


For Which it Stands
My first thought on this statue is it looked so much like my great niece and nephew!
In the recent controversy over standing for the American National Antherm,
this portrays how the young learn by our actions even from another young person.
We all desire for our children to learn respect, but as we age we throw it to the wind
over a long list of reasons.  
I wish we could find a long list of reasons to come together with respect to solve our issues.
Can it be done?
Sure.
Attitudes Actions Humility

January 29, 2018

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

One of the surprises of our trip West last Summer consisted of a stop in Sioux Falls.
The park where the falls are located was gorgeous and relaxing. 
It's a perfect day out for a picnic, a walk, a jog, a good book, a nap and probably
several other activities!

The paths wound through the park and through and around the rocks.

Just hearing the sound of the falls gives you a relaxing vibe.

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Custer State Park

Custer State Park

The buffalo run free at many places throughout the park. 
 We were fortunate to watch them running along side the road.  
Many calves were with their Momma always trying to catch up with the herd.


December 19, 2017

Sylvan Lake ~ Custer State Park, South Dakota

Sylvan Lake

Custer State Park
South Dakota

I had less than an hour to explore the area around Sylvan Lake this Summer.
Was that enough time to soak it all in?
NO!
Charming~ Stunning~ Picturesque~ Calming ~ Gorgeous
Just a few describing words for Sylvan Lake.
Spending an entire day here would 'maybe' begin to reveal the magnitude of this little spot.
..and to think I felt that way around every corner in South Dakota! 

November 6, 2017

Dignity ~ Chamberlain, South Dakota

Dignity
Driving across South Dakota on Route 90 you'll come upon Dignity standing 
tall overlooking the Missouri River.
Located near Chamberlain, SD at a rest stop of all places,
 you'll be treated to one of the best rest stops you'll ever come across!

Dignity was donated by a couple for all of South Dakota to enjoy.
She honors the Lakota and Dakota Indian tribes.
Standing 50 feet tall she can't be missed!

Dignity's view of the Missouri River.
I love the stories and adventures of Lewis and Clark and their discoveries of the West.
They camped near this point.
The rest stop has a small museum to enjoy their adventures.

The hills of South Dakota lay ahead.  The only thing that would've made this scene more
spectacular would be for buffalo roaming up and down the hills.

South Dakota's Rest stops also have an outline of a teepee.
...and a place to relax underneath!

I would've had to work on my claustrophobia issues if I had to 
sleep in a teepee.  

A replica of Lewis and Clark's boat inside the rest stop.

The tail end of Lewis and Clark's boat replica extends outside.

Dignity has that wise look about her.

200 years and counting since the Corps of Discovery permeated the West!
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November 1, 2017

Fall in Vermont

In Pennsylvania we haven't been privy to an Autumn of much color this year.
Missing a trip north this year to see the Fall Foliage, I had to resort to last years
jaunt through Vermont where the colors were so vibrant the mountains  appeared fake!
#notfakemountains!

October 30, 2017

The Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see 
The Basilica of St. Mary
in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The details were endless.  
You could think you noticed everything then realize you probably only seen half of everything!

The first Basilica of America
It definitely takes you back even before entering doors!

I know what it takes to operate a small country Church, but cannot
imagine what it takes to maintain this master piece!

Unfortunately I didn't get to hear the bells ringing or the organ playing.
Close your eyes and imagine the gong!
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