A Walk in the Woods
Dagmar and I went for a walk yesterday in Stone Park here in SUX. (You gotta love it when you live in a city with the airline designation SUX.) Anyway, Sioux City sits on a boundary of sorts. To the east there’s the entire state of Iowa laid out in neat squares of farmland, hundreds of miles of gently rolling hills checkered with roads that go entirely across the state with nary a curve. To the west is what I consider the true Great Plains — from the Missouri River all the way to the Rockies are the sweeping, windblown, seemingly-empty prairielands of Nebraska and South Dakota.
But in the middle is the Missouri River, and there’s Sioux City, right on the river, a break between the farmlands to the east and the plains to the west. The wind sweeping along the plains has, over the millenia, dropped it’s fine dust along the river, creating the Loess Bluffs. For a mile or so on each side of the river there’s an alluvial plain, but bordering the plain are the bluffs…
Stone State Park is just on the northwest corner of Sioux City, right on the Big Sioux River which serves as the border between Iowa and South Dakota, just a few miles from the Missouri. Here are photos. If you click on ’em they get bigger. (I really wish Blogger wouldn’t try to color-correct and sharpen my photos. I had ’em the way I wanted ’em. Oh well.)
couple hundred yards from the road.