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Laura and the Badlands

Badlands 001.JPGJack and I left Sioux Falls this morning after stocking up at the farmer’s market, and meandered off the beaten path to visit the Laura Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet. Bit of a tourist trap, but we enjoyed the interpretive video and then stopped for lunch in town, saw a couple of the original stores and the house where they wintered when they first went to Silver Lake.

Eschewing the highway we struck out on Highway 14 through Pierre and down into Wall. (No, we did NOT visit the drug store that had signs every mile for 96 miles.) We reached the Badlands just as a storm was brewing. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my life, and I’ve seen a fair few beautiful things.

So here are the photos, because sometimes we used words and sometimes we use pictures.

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We saw two different herds of sheep, including one with babies. They seemed to like the rain.

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I’m pretty sure he thought we couldn’t see him.Badlands 119The colors after the storm were amazing. South Dakota is full of different layers of color. In the Appalachians, we have hues of blue and green in the Smoky Mountain layers, but out here it’s some unexpected color combinations.

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I couldn’t help wondering if the blanket patterns you see on indigenous people’s handiwork were inspired by these lines.

 

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The storm rolling away

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Today was the first time we didn’t see people with their phones out hunting Pokemons. Whether there were any in there or not, they were second to the Badlands’ beauty.

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Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk and THE FALLS Park

Sioux Falls is highly underrated. If this city wore a t-shirt, it would say “Go by, mad world.” Laid back and getting on with itself, this place.

So Jack and I took it easy and slow. We idled along the sculpture walk and went to the Falls in daylight and at dusk, took in a farmer’s market, and ambled contentedly through the day.

Surrounded by Pokemon hunters. :] In the hotel, at the Falls, along the sculptures (which according to the hunters each had a critter). Pop over to my FB page to see an evening video of a group we came upon as we walked back to the hotel. I swear, it’s more fun to watch the hunters than hunt the creatures.

The sculpture walk has been going for about 13 years, and every year they have a people’s choice and a best of show. Jack and I voted in the people’s choice this year. The girl in the reading ring was a people’s choice from 2009. All the previous people’s choices are on display in permanent places. It’s really a gorgeous morning, wandering up and down the main and side streets taking them in.

Here are the photos we took in Sioux Falls at the Walk and at the Falls. It is lovely city and we’ve had a restful time.

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I loved this one. If you've got curves, flaunt them like the sexy beast you are, and screw the media.

I loved this one. If you’ve got curves, flaunt them like the sexy beast you are, and screw the media.

At the library. Please note cat :]

At the library. Please note cat :]

The Pork Chopper, aka When Pigs Fly. One of my favorite quotes!

The Pork Chopper, aka When Pigs Fly. One of my favorite quotes!

Jack really liked this one, but I found it inaccessible, since it lacked an interpretive plaque.

Jack really liked this one, but I found it inaccessible, since it lacked an interpretive plaque.

AND THEN WE WENT TO THE FALLS. GLORIOUS!

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You can just see the train starting across the tracks above the Falls in this one.

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They light the Falls at night. It is unspeakably beautiful.Sioux Falls 117

 

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St Joseph’s Cathedral across the river.

Sioux Falls 131Some people kayaked by as we were walking back to the hotel along the river. They were pokemon hunting and pulled over a couple of times to photo or race up the bank while the other one held the kayaks. Hysterical.

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A peaceful ending to a happy day.

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