It was a 20 minute drive from my hotel room to the nature preserve. The directions said to look for the big white barn and there it was.
It was really fun to be around these kids. They were probably 4th graders. They were so enthusiastic about anything they found. It's good to see "city kids" getting out in nature.
After getting registered I headed out with the map and followed a trail to the Homestead. I learned this property had been given to South Dakota by Maud and Mary Adams. Fitting that I came to this place. Both of these women were nurses, and both nurse educators: one served for a time as the Dean of Nursing at South Dakota State University and the other headed the nursing program at Morningside College, here in Sioux Falls.
Their grandfather was a Union soldier in the Civil War and used his benefit to homestead to get this land.
Nearby was the house built in the late 19th century.
Of course a farm needed to have a barn, and of course at this time, all barns were painted red.
Within this museum area is another house, the Shay-Adams House.
These are one of my favorite early spring flowers.
This area also included a church.
The last building moved here is a school house.
The walk was on a limestone covered trail through light forest, sometimes with cornfields on one side.
After about 45 minutes of walking I was glad to find a blind.
And then suddenly the trail changed and the area looked as if I had arrived at a desert.
I slogged through sand for about another five minutes and then I back into the light forest area. I stopped to rest at another blind further down the trail. Then finally I was walking across Cottonwoods Crossing and then it was only a short walk back to the Visitor Center.
This was really a great walk.