I got brave while I was home, and went and knocked on the door of the house I grew up in...this was home to me as a child, and it looks pretty much today like it looked back then, except for the trees are about 30 feet taller than I remember them! I guess time has marched on just a bit!
My dad built a fireplace in the backyard when I was a kid, and the remains of it were still there.. It looks like it has been a planter in recent history, but nothing was planted there now. I have so many memories of 4th of July celebrations, and marshmallows roasting over the fire. Sparklers...sprinklers...cats..chickens...ahhhhh childhood!
In the cement I found my dads initials- WK and the year he poured the cement base- 1966! I was 5 years old!
Since it has been so very long since I lived in SD, the normal 'weeds' were interesting to me. I found this black eyed susan along the road.
Milkweed and Cat-tails!
My brother who still lives in my home town took me on a bit of an adventure while I was there. We visited a Hutterite Colony and had dinner with some friends of his who belong to the colony. As a child I had seen Hutterite people at times, but I had no real idea of what they were like, or what their lives were like. Wikipedia has a great page of information if you are interested. They are simple people who make all of their own goods- right down to the huge steel grain elevators. They really have an amazing history and they were incredibly welcoming and gracious when I visited. Here are a couple pictures from the Colony. They raise Jersey cows for milk.
They also have a huge turkey business. This building with some 8000 turkeys reminded me a bit of the movie Chicken Run!
And lastly here is a picture of my hometown icon- the Worlds Only Corn Palace!!!! Every year colored corn is used to create picture panels on the outside of the building. It really is pretty cool although I always thought it a bit 'corny' when I lived there.