Pipestone National Monument – SD

IMG_4831“Do you think we have time,” I asked. “I don’t know, what do you think?” Mo replied. After going back and forth a few times, we finally decided to squeeze it in. It is about 50 miles there and 50 miles back from where we spent the night in Sioux Falls, SD. We had already spent about an hour looking at the waterfall in Sioux Falls. Yes, there is actually a waterfall there. Who knew?

We took off through the Great Plains and more flat farmland similar to what we saw in Nebraska. I didn’t realize how much of America is prairie, We eventually arrived and found a 3/4 mile hike involved to see the area of outcropped rock and the quarry. The stone is quarried by Native Americans for making of sacred pipes because it is soft and easy to carve, hence the name “pipestone.”

About halfway on the circle trail hike, there was a rushing creek with a beautiful waterfall. One interesting formation look exactly like a rustic stone face. Because of the beauty of the pinkish stone, natural formations, and stream that wound through the area, I could understand why the Native Americans considered it sacred. Some still go there to pray. The stone is still quarried for pipes, but only by permit, and only by the native people.

 

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About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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