Thursday, August 05, 2004

Sioux Falls, SD Aug 5

Made it to Sioux Falls after a 4 hour drive. Neither Betsy or I are finding the route boring or monotonous. We're both enjoying seeing the farms and open country. We experienced about 10 minutes of totally open road today (road in which we could see no other cars), but I'm not seeing the totaly empty highways of Minnesota and South Dakota I expected. There are lots of Harley riders heading for Sturgis, SD for motorcycle week next week.

Stopped for a picnic lunch in a park on route. We figured out that we'll be in Jackson, WY the same time as Pete, Katie, Jake and Zach so we're making plans on how to hook up. We're going to see a free LAZER light show tonight at a local park.

Took the kids to a nice laser light display at the Sioux City Falls park last night. They told the history of Sioux City. It's been cool to link up the various things we learned ove rthe course of the trip. Last night they talked about Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis & Clark in one of their segments. The falls are pretty, not spectacular (they don't really drop a lot) but unique and interesting to look at. In the last 30 years the city of Sioux Falls has done a lot of work restoring their older downtown historic buildings and it shows. For a city of a little over 100K it's got a lot going for it.

Now we're off to Rapid City with stops at all the tourist places on route. The Corn Palace and Wall Drug.


Blogger billanddiane said...

Finally,I am starting to lose my patience trying to get into blog. Dad and I are enjoying your trip along with you. Coincidentally, you mentioned the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses". We took a trip to Edith Wharton's home in Stockbridge, MA on Wednesday. Her maiden name was Jones and her mother was really into New York society and liked to be in the forefront of all activities and styles hence the origin of "keeping up with the Joneses". Bit of trivia that may come in handy. She was a prolific writer in the early 1900s. Wrote "The Age of Innocence", "Ethan Frome" for a total of 41 books in 40 years. Have fun on the rest of your adventures.

August 7, 2004 at 8:22 AM  

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