We are sitting at Bay Landing, a Thousand Trails park west of Fort Worth Texas. Before we left Sioux Falls our Jeep broke down on a Wednesday, had it towed to a garage which said they couldn't look at it until Friday and rented a car from Enterprise for the week. They had it fixed the following Wednesday and we left on Friday morning. We had only drove it 2 days before we left and everything seemed fine. We get to Fort Worth and are driving into Fort Worth and it does the same thing it had done before. The skid light comes on and we start losing power. We were able to make it into a church parking lot and called Coachnet our towing service. It was like Da ju vu all over. They couldn't get it in until Friday to even look at it. So we had it towed to a Jeep center and rented a car from Enterprise for the week. So here it is Sunday and still not sure about the Jeep. I told Ed when it gets fixed this time we need to drive it on the highway before we head to San Antonio. I am hoping since it's a Jeep place maybe they will find the problem. So here we are just waiting for news.
We visited Pipestone, Minnesota before we left Sioux Falls. Never had heard of it but we had some friends visit us that were staying there and told us it was worth the visit.
It was really nice place to spend the day.
|This is the Pipestone County Museum,|
Beautiful building, made with the Sioux
|Another building and it was trimmed with the pipestone|
|This was in front of a museum |
The donkey is made out of metal
|This is what pipestone is know for, Indian pipes, this was huge|
Ed bought one like this, only a lot smaller. haha
|This was in the fort, a huge trap, looked|
like it was a real one
|Fort Pipestone, an authentic replica of a Minnesota for, |
which had a gift shop inside
|Ed asked the gift shop sales person if they had a restroom.|
She said yes and they had heat and running water. It was very rustic
but someone had taken the time to paint the walls.
|This was the handle|
|Water fountain inside the fort, do you|
suppose that was original.
Than we visited the National Park of Pipestone. Pipestone is a stone that the Indians mined and made their pipes out of. Only American Indians are allowed to quarry pipestone.
|From the Fort we went over to the Pipestone Monument|
|This is all quartz and they have to dig below this to get the pipestone.|
|They had path through the rocks. We thought this was the pipestone, but|
a ranger told us the pipestone is below this.
|They consider this place holy because of the Oracle. You would look|
through here to see it.
|Here is the face of the Oracle|
|Another face made by nature|
|Tree growing into the rock|
|They even had a small water fall|
|A frog trying to get comfortable|
|Such a pretty walk|
|The Indians would hang these in the trees|
as a memorial and their prayers.
| I thought these were hung by the Indians but Ed|
thought it was the tourist.
|These were from the early explorers, they asked that|
you didn't do it now.
|Not sure how this guy make such neet lettering|
|This once formed one large bolder which was deposited here|
by glaciers, now know as the "Three Maidens."
|There is nothing in the area that matches their substance so|
they say they were brought down by the glaciers and deposited here.
|Nice day for a walk|
So if you are ever in the area of Pipestone, Minnesota I would recommend it. It's not a big tourist's area but we did enjoy it.
Happy Trails Ed and Lyn