Fall Break 2021: Sioux Falls and the Loess Hills

It was proving to be a difficult semester, so I was excited that I had two weekdays off for a short fall break. I decided to take off to Sioux Falls, the largest city of South Dakota with a population of 192, 517 and growing. El semestre era díficil, y por eso, estaba listo para las vacaciones de otoño, dos días laborales sin clase. Decidí ir a Sioux Falls, la ciudad más grande de Dakota del Sur con una población de 192.517 (y creciendo).

I woke up extremely early on Sunday morning and began driving in the direction of Omaha. My first stop would be the Loess Hills of Iowa for some autumn foliage hiking. I got excited to get off I-29 and take the back roads, which, being Iowa, included some dirt roads. I arrived around 9 a.m., parked and began my hike through the Loess Hills. Me desperté muy temprano domingo por la mañana y empecé a conducir hacía Omaha. Mi primera parada fue las Loess Hills (Colinas Loess) de Iowa para hacer una ruta de senderismo para ver los colores del otoño. Me alegró salir de la autovía I-29 y ir por las carreras secundarias, y como estaba en Iowa, inlucyó caminos de tierra. Llegué sobre las 9, aparqué el coche y empecé a caminar por las Loess Hills.

My hike took me around the Preparation Canyon park. The views were beautiful, and there were not a lot of people, so it was my type of hike. It took about an hour and a half, and then I had more back roads to drive through to get back to I-29. La ruta me llevó por el parque de Preparación Cañón. Había vistas preciosas, y no había mucha gente…vamos, fue el tipo de ruta que me gusta. Tardó sobre una hora y media, y tenía que volver a I-29 por las carreteras secundarias.

I stopped to get coffee in Sioux City, Iowa, population 85, 797, before continuing on to South Dakota. After crossing the state line, the speed limit went up to 80 miles an hour (128 km). Exciting. Paré en un Starbucks en Sioux City, Iowa, población 85.797, antes de continuar a Dakota del Sur. Después de cruzar la frontera estatal, el límite de velocidad aumentó a 128 kilómetros por hora. Que emocionante. Aproveché, claro.

Before heading to the hotel, I went to Devil’s Gulch, where Jesse James once evaded capture by jumping on horseback. I walked around another beautiful place before checking into the hotel. After check in, I went to the famous falls of Sioux Falls at sunset. I fell in love with the falls. Antes de ir al hotel, fui a Devil’s Gulch, o Barranco del Diablo, donde Jesse James evitó ser capturado por la policía con un salto a caballo. Exploré otro sitio bonito antes de ir al hotel. Después de hacer check-in, fui a las cascadas famosas de Sioux Falls a atardecer. Me encantó las cascadas.

The next morning, after breakfast and checking out early, I went back to the falls and walked along them to downtown, watching the city wake up around me. It reminded me of walking along a European river for some reason. I stopped at a coffee shop, La Luna Café near the river and then decided to take the back way back to Lincoln. La próxima mañana, después de desayunar y hacer check out, volví a las cascadas y caminé por el rio al centro de la ciudad, mirando la ciudad despertarse. Me recordaba caminar por un río europeo por alguna razón. Fui a una cafetería, La Luna Café, cerca del río y decidí ir por las carreras secundarías a Lincoln porque eran más bonitas.

It was a weekend full of hiking and a fantastic escape from the realities of grad school. Era un fin de semana lleno de senderismo y un escape genial de las realidades del doctorado.

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3 thoughts on “Fall Break 2021: Sioux Falls and the Loess Hills

    • I was looking for a cool place for hiking and came across that story, so I had to go. I can’t imagine how he did it..it must have been a sight to see, even more back then before movies and special effects. Thanks for reading 🙂

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