Monthly Archives: July 2015

Scenic Park Cabins

We stayed at the Scenic Park Campground in South Sioux City, NE, which is on the Missouri River.  It is a city park that is immaculately maintained and was a pleasure to stay in.  The park has four “cabins” for rent.

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Three of the four cabins

The cabins are several years old and we were told that they were art projects from the Architectural Schools at the University of Iowa in Sioux City.  They were located just across from our camping site and looked very interesting.

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Cabin 4

They were all made from either found materials or what you would be able to find in a Home Depot or Lowes.

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Cabin 2

There was nothing earth-shattering about them but they were all fun-looking projects.

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Sioux City Museum

We were staying at a city park in South Sioux City, Nebraska which is just across the Missouri River from Sioux City, Iowa.  When I checked to see what was worth seeing nearby, the Sioux City Museum was at the top of several different lists so we took a short trip to see it.

The museum isn’t very large but it is very eclectic and they packed an awful lot of things in a very small space.  Since Sioux City is mostly known for its stockyards and meat packing industry and although they’re mostly gone an entire corner of the museum was devoted to them.

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There have been several large fires in the past so there were several fire department exhibits.

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Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge

We had stayed at a campground in Valentine, Nebraska and took a tour of the area.  We found the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge nearby and it had a gravel loop drive that we took.

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What makes this wildlife refuge different is that several different ecosystems converge here and it has elements of prairie, Rocky Mountain and boreal ecosystems.

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The Niobrara River runs through the wildlife refuge and the forested areas were mostly around it.

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But most of the areas away from the river were prairie and included several prairie dog towns.

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There was a large parking lot next to the river and many people kayak and canoe on it. There was also a picnic area, a handicap accessible boat launch (which unfortunately wouldn’t have worked for Susan) and a couple of hiking trails.  There was a fair amount packed into a small area and it a pleasant surprise to find.

We’d give a B for handicap accessibility.  On the plus side it had handicap accessible bathrooms in a couple locations but on the minus side there were no handicap accessible trails of any kind and we had to make do with what we could see from the car.