A bit of urban life

LOCATION:  3rd night in Garretson, SD – near Sioux Falls
CAMPGROUND:  Palisades State Park
WEATHER:  Mostly overcast.  High 86.  100% humidity

We hiked two more trails in the park in the morning.  It was not too hot, about 75, but it was really really humid.  We were both drenched with sweat when we finished.

One of the trails we hiked is called Balancing Rock.  I wonder why….

We drove into Sioux Falls, a pretty cool city of about 190,000.  We stopped at Falls Park which has the Big Sioux River flowing through it.  I have seen photos of it in the winter with ice and snow, and it is very impressive. 

Handily, the free tourist trolley was waiting for us when we arrived.  We jumped on it for a nice tour of the city.  The driver/narrator told us a lot about the history and pointed out beautiful, old pink quartzite buildings.  We hopped off downtown and strolled the historic main street – Phillips. 

Each year, artists from around the world donate their sculptures for a year.  The city places them all along Phillips Street.  People vote on their favorites, and at the end of the year there are prizes.  They are also sold. Since it has been more than a year since we were here, there were new sculptures to admire….

The city also does a nice job with hanging flowers…

We caught the trolley back to Falls Park, picked up our truck,  and drove to a brewpub.  We had appetizers there at happy hour prices – grilled Brussels sprouts.  

DINNER:  After the Brussels sprouts, we weren’t too hungry so had a light dinner – lettuce salad topped with some orzo salad.  Side was a stir-fry of bell peppers, onions, garlic, and tomatoes.

I really like orzo salad. It is easy to make:  Boil some orzo pasta per package instructions and drain well.  Add some olive oil while it is still warm (so the pasta absorbs it).  Add feta cheese, pitted kalamata olives, some olive juice, small diced summer sausage, diced green or red onion, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Eat at room temperature or chilled. 

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