Good evening!

Sunday was SUCH a blast. Mike and I began the day at a local Sioux Falls diner that I’ve been wanting to try for brunch before heading off to Newton Hills State Park. The park is located about 40 minutes south of Sioux Falls in the middle cornfields. Pretty much like everything else in South Dakota! That’s why I was so surprised to find more than 6 miles of trails through hilly forests.


Upon arriving, I got my Garmin ready to go and then we were off on our adventure!


Can you spot the horse hiding in the trees?

Can you spot the horse hiding in the trees?





We covered just over 3 miles in about an hour. Some of the terrain was pretty steep, which provided a great incline workout. I still can’t get over the fact that this gem is hidden in a sea of cornfields. It definitely got me excited to explore more nearby hiking trails and state parks around Sioux Falls!

After our hike, it was onto the pumpkin patch. Unfortunately, the temperature dropped from a comfortable 55 to an icy cold 40 in a matter of about 30 minutes. By the time we got to the pumpkin patch, we couldn’t stand to be outside for more than about 10 minutes, and rushed through the pumpkin picking process.



The pumpkin patch was pretty picked over, but we found some good ones. Mine is the big one, and Mike’s is the sickly looking green guy. On the way home, we stopped by HyVee to pick up a take and bake pizza. We ended up landing on an original crust supreme pizza that left us feeling over-stuffed.

Look at all that doughy goodness!

Look at all that doughy goodness!

We made the decision to stick with thin crust next time. So…much…dough. We rounded out the night with some football watching and pumpkin carving. Definitely a winning combination.


Mine is the creative NBC peacock (I work for an NBC affiliate). Mike’s green pumpkin actually turned out pretty darn good. Before Mike headed back to Minnesota on Monday, we made time to visit the Sioux Falls mall (quite the hot spot) and hit up HyVee for my weekly groceries.

Selfie attempt #1 of about 20.

Selfie attempt #1 of about 20

I checked out some running shoes while at the mall. I have been in the market for new running shoes for about a year now, but just can’t seem to seal the deal on a new pair. I found a pair of Asics Nimbus 15s that were super comfy.

Just not too crazy about these wild colors.

Just not too crazy about these wild colors.

At HyVee I spotted some interesting looking cake mixes.




Aren’t these the coolest?! Although blueberry flavored cake doesn’t really appeal to me on many levels, I would get a kick out of whipping up a blue cake. The zebra one kind of just looks like marble if you ask me. Still, pretty neat!

Mike left later that afternoon, which is always tough, but we’ll actually see each other in less than two weeks when I head to Minneapolis. This weekend was definitely better than I could have hoped for.