CAMPGROUND: KOA Sioux Falls. Electricity and water at sites. Dump station. Nice showers. Laundry. Swimming pool. $53/night (bah, humbug). 3 stars out of 5
LOCATION: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in SE part of state
WEATHER: Partly sunny. Light rain in PM. High 74
This was probably our shortest drive between campgrounds – about 10 miles from last night’s Harvest Host winery to here. This is the first KOA we have stayed in our last 6 years on the road. We just do not see the appeal, unless you are a family with kids wanting a pool and playground. It has no character, is next to a noisy interstate, and is EXPENSIVE! Being Labor Day weekend and since we wanted to be in the Sioux Falls area, it was our only choice. Enough complaints. It is a good location, and I will take advantage of its amenities – showers, laundry, and free wifi.
There was even going to be a $10 charge for early check-in, so not wanting to waste $10, we cooled our jets at the Camping World store next door. ($10 charge would have been cheaper!!!)
We got settled in. The weather forecast is iffy for the weekend, so we thought we should do outdoor things today.
First stop was Dakota Post, a mail-forwarding service for about a million people like us. We have been using this company, very happily, since 2013. Each month, we email them to tell them where to send this month’s mail. We picked up our August mail at the office…
We found the city’s Japanese garden and strolled around…
From there, we drove downtown to the historic district where lots of old warehouses have been rehabbed into restaurants, shops, bars. Of course, we found a microbrewery. The people were very friendly.
Then, to Falls Park, the city’s most famous feature. It is quite spectacular.
Back at the campground, we caught up with PBS news and went through our mail. (We don’t receive much, but it is always fun to get our monthly shipment)
DINNER: Pita sandwiches. I sauteed chicken breast, green pepper, onion, garlic, and Greek herbs and stuffed into pita pockets. Side was a big serving of patty-pan squash (compliments of the Harvest Host winery) sauteed with onions and mushrooms. Served with cucumbers marinated in Greek yogurt with lemon juice. Very Mediterranean!