Blogs from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States, North America


July 9-11 We got up and left around 10 this morning going the 137 miles to Newton Hills SD State Park. We had stayed there in the summer of 2017 to visit local grave sites of my great-grandparents on my mother’s side. Newton Hills is about a mile from Beloit Iowa, were Grandpa Payne’s parents and grandparents were buried out near a farm. In 2017 we met the caretakers son who was trimming trees. He does a nice job of taking care of the graveyard. I had never been to see these graves until 2017. It was interesting. The area is a lush river valley with large field of crops separated by a few trees, mostly cottonwoods. Now in July as last time in August the area is beautiful. I could see why the family farmed ... read more
Our campsite!
Red all bandaged
if you taste them your addicted!!!

Nothing much here....just a place to sleep.... read more

North America » United States » South Dakota » Sioux Falls August 26th 2017

Time to drive West, for the final legs of our 45 days little trip. Are we bored? No. Have we seen enough? No. Do we have long drives ahead? Oh yes, some solid few more hours driving our cool Mustang. But this is ok, I'm not bored yet of driving this cool toy! Today it's all about driving and moving West. Google map put it simply, driving from Chicago to Sioux Falls is minimum 8h30 drive without any stop, a nice 574 miles. But this is if only we take the shorter drive...because why not drive through one or two more states if we can. So before heading West, we are heading North to cross into Wisconsin. The idea is today to do a mix between highways, and back country roads. If we do only back ... read more
This is Mid-West crossing...big time!
The Corn Palace, on our way to Mt Rushmore...
We are crossing few States on the drive today...

June 11 arrived at Sioux Falls South Dakota. It was 32c and very humid. The 8 hour drive along Interstate 90 took us across the State of Wisconsin. It was was flat with very large farms that stretched to the horizon. The road was straight and a bit monotonous. Luckily there were a lot of easy access rest stops along the Interstate to stretch out legs. The farms looked prosperous and were quite lush. Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota and is just across the boarder from Wisconsin. This is just a stopover until we reach our next major destination at Mount Rushmore. The stopover gave us an opportunity to visit the local Costco and stock up on meats (and cheap wine). Fortunately we stopped at filling one cart. On Monday we visited ... read more
Sioux Falls KOA
Falls Park
Falls Park

Day 3 - June 29, 2016 Spearfish, SD to Wall, SD to the Badlands National Park to Chamberlain, SD to Mitchell, SD to Sioux Falls, SD Another early start this morning gave us time to drive the Scenic Byway through the Badlands National Park. (Only $15!) Real live prairie dogs greeted us at the entrance. Remember my last blog and I said, "God's the Best Artist!" Well His beauty shines through South Dakota! The Painted Hills are majestic and had me singing "America the Beautiful" and "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "How Great Thou Art". I have failed my children though - they don't know many of our great country's songs from old. No better time to learn them! Luckies!! They owe me anyway - they put the cabash on my Classic Books on "tape". ... read more
roughlock falls
swim w yogi
Great views of our countryside

Geo: 43.5453, -96.7313We started this roadtrip in Dec of last year so, for the most part, we've been traveling in the off-season and we haven't had to book ahead for either hotels or attractions (DH might argue that many of the things I want to see are always off-season since no one else wants to see them). It has been a great run of seat-of-the-pants travel up until now but all good things come to an end and, tragically, we are going to have to blow by one of my must-dos. The original plan was to zip across the top end of South Dakota and, just inside Minnesota, there was going to be an opportunity to drive a WWII tank (if Martin W was doing particularly well with our investments, there was an extended opportunity to ... read more
The Road To Wall Drug
The Road To Wall Drug
Wall Drug

What an exciting night! I still can't believe we were at the World Cup but alas, it was time to head back to the US. We didn't have any stops planned since we weren't sure how long it would take to get through border patrol. As we approached, the line was much shorter than when we drove in on Sunday and we were lucky enough to only have to wait about a half hour to get through. So onto our unknown destination. We decided to play today by ear because we weren't sure if we wanted to go back the way we came or try another route. When it came to the split, we ended up continuing on south toward South Dakota rather than back into Minnesota. And again, we saw plenty of land on our ... read more
South Dakota
Back to the US
Into the storm

North America » United States » South Dakota » Sioux Falls August 24th 2012

Wedding photos of Gertrude DeBruin & Dirk Havelaar, and Charlotte Ende & Oluf Brevik.... read more

Day 1 down. Met up with Mike about 0830, and the trip finally began! We made it to the planned stop, Sioux Falls, SD. Convieniently there is a bar and casino behind our hotel. Two pitchers of beer, a blog update, and we're ready for tomorrow. I did take some video today, but for anyone that has ever been on I29, or in the Dakotas, they know that you are not missing anything by me not posting it. Both the bikes and us held up well in the heat, and there is more forecast for tomorrow. I'd rather have the heat than cold or wet. I put 680 miles on today in 12 hours, almost to the minute. Mike had about 200 hundred less, but he had a 300+ day yesterday, in the rain, to the ... read more
This is what it is
End of Day 1

North America » United States » South Dakota » Sioux Falls September 2nd 2011

Awoke in an empty parking lot off I29 just north of Omaha. Drove to Sioux Falls and spent several hours walking around the historic falls for which the city was named. Except for a brief stop in Mitchell, SD to see the Corn Palace we drove straight west to Interior, SD. Here our real adventure begins. ... read more
Steve in front of the lower falls
the Corn Palace

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