Diane and I flew into Sioux Falls, SD, rented a car and drove to the beautiful lakeside (West Okoboji
) home of Diane's stepmother Vera Schmitt.
Vera's home is located on West Okoboji.West Okoboji, one of just a handful of blue water lakes in the world, is known for its depths and clear water. It is a natural glacial lake created by the Wisconsin glacier some 12,000 years ago, currently reaching depths of up to 140 feet, making it the deepest lake in Iowa. It covers approximately 3,847 acres; it is second in size only to Spirit Lake. Though this lake has gained popularity with boaters and water sports enthusiasts, the state records for smallmouth bass, white bass, shortnose gar, tiger muskie, and northern pike were all set with West Okoboji catches. West Okoboji was called “Minnetonka” by the Sioux Indians and translated into “Great Waters”. The first settlers decided to use a version of the name “Okoboozhy” for both lakes known today as the “Okoboji” lakes.
During our trip we drove through many states: South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. We visited Diane's daughter Pam and her husband Paul and attended their daughter Amanda's Confirmation
. The full list of Galleries showing Diane and my visits during this mid-west swing are here: Schuurmans, Picnic & Fish Hatchery, Evan Ward’s Soccer Practice, Visit w/Elizabeth & Chris Ward, Visit with Vera Schmitt, Spencer, Iowa, Visit with Pam & Paul Martveli, and Amanda’s Confirmation.
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