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Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby almighty_tuna » Sun Oct 09, 2005 11:51 pm

Western Iowa's Loess Hills

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Postby almighty_tuna » Sat Oct 15, 2005 7:18 pm

I had the opportunity to ride the motorcycle all through the Loess Hills today and boy was it gorgeous! So I post this in the Photog section to say that if you're waiting for the "right time" to go take pics of the fall foliage, now is the time!

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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Brad » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:52 am

Here is an interesting road one of my co-workers showed me yesterday. The county road is on the left and then a dirt road splits off of it on the right, but parallels if or a while at different grades, they never removed the dirt in between. That section of dirt is only about 5' wide. Apparently because of the makeup of the Loess soils, the hill never erodes and just stays there.

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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:05 pm

Wow that is an interesting road.

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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Coyote » Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:11 pm

Brad, remind me to show you a road better than this today... I don't think Elmer would make it down it though...
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Brad » Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:20 pm

Coyote wrote:Brad, remind me to show you a road better than this today... I don't think Elmer would make it down it though...


Don't doubt the power of the element! :;):
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Coyote » Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:23 pm

Brad wrote:
Coyote wrote:Brad, remind me to show you a road better than this today... I don't think Elmer would make it down it though...


Don't doubt the power of the element!  :;):


I'm sure if you tried, maybe, but you better not tell your other half :lol:
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Habits76 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:19 pm

Olive Ave. which is a dirt road just past the preparation canyon entrance is very similar to this but only one lane wide. I always try and drive down this road while visiting the area, very unique and fun way to the spend the day driving around the loess hills.

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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Coyote » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:22 pm

That's the road I was going to take Brad's Elmer!
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Brad » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:29 pm

It sounds familiar? There are a lot of those roads that I have driven on but don't know the name. I have crisscrossed most of that area over the last decade.
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Coyote » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:29 pm

From today's Loess Hills trip:

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I'm sure Brads will be much better...
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:11 am

Very nice Coyote. Where was the picture with the church in it taken?

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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Brad » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:20 am

skinzfan23 wrote:Very nice Coyote.  Where was the picture with the church in it taken?


41°56'17.78"N
95°55'36.51"W

About 5 miles West of Moorhead.
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Coyote » Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:15 pm

Brad wrote:
skinzfan23 wrote:Very nice Coyote.  Where was the picture with the church in it taken?


41°56'17.78"N
95°55'36.51"W

About 5 miles West of Moorhead.


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Ingemann Lutheran Church. 32044 County Road E54.

The church was built in 1884 on 200 acres of land donated by John H. Johnson. An argument in 1895, caused a split, so that an Upper Danish Church was built on a hill. Ingemann Church was usually called Lower Danish Church. Church meeting is held every year on Memorial Day. In later years Upper Danish Church bldg. was torn down and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Moorhead was built. This Ingemann Church served many of the Danish families who lived in the nearby hills.
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Brad » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:43 pm

Wow, little darker blue and a white hat and I would look like a smurf...
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Brad » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:39 pm

Here are some of my photos from the trip Coyote and I took north last Thursday.

1. Sumac basking in the sun at Preparation Canyon State Park.
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2. Nice afternoon sunlight catching the ridge at Preparation Canyon State Park.
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3. The road heading north out of the park towards the danish church.
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4. Danish Church
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After that we headed south east and we caught a nice sunset over near Willow Lake. I am not sure that is technically in the Loess Hills or not so I posted that over in the Fall Color thread.
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Coyote » Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:11 pm

I only got a few shots today of the Waubonsie State Park:

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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Brad » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:23 am

Looks like they had some good color down there.
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby nativeomahan » Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:18 pm

Great pics, Couote. I love Waubonsie Park. We may visit it this weekend.

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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Coyote » Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:18 pm

Preparation Canyon:
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby Brad » Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:03 am

I never knew there was a study to see if the Loess Hills should be a National Park!

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http://www.iptv.org/exploremore/land/fe ... alpark.cfm

Unfortunately the link to the National Parks site is broken.
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby MTO » Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:36 am

That would be fantastic if they got designated as a national park, I'd expect better protection for a feature that is so fragile.
I'm I little surprised that the Lewis and Clark historical munment isn't in part of the hills.
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby U R my Helix » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:21 pm

MTO wrote:the Lewis and Clark historical munment isn't in part of the hills.


I do not know about the munment; but there is a monument in Sioux City in the hills. It is an obelisk for Sergeant Floyd. Every grade school child in that area had to build a replica from popcicle sticks and sugar cubes.
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Re: Western Iowa's Loess Hills

Postby MTO » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:27 pm

Here are a couple shots I took from the monument.
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