Did you know South Dakota was briefly called “The Blizzard State” in the 1970’s?
Optimists later argued that calling it “The Sunshine State” was much more appropriate.
Eventually, South Dakota folks came to an agreement (thank goodness, that could have gotten ugly), and decided on “The Land of Infinite Variety.”
I like that.
South Dakota not only offers a variety in weather, but in cultures and scenery as well. For instance, I can drive an hour in most directions and find myself on an Indian reservation. Or, I can drive a few more another way and end up at our State Capitol (yes, with an ‘o’). Which, by the way, is a great place for a girl who likes to take pictures … and explore … and eventually, get lost.
It felt great to get out yesterday and explore our capital town. To leave the house in general, really.
I am thankful to have that luxury – hop in a vehicle, drive to town on plowed roads, and enjoy a hot cup of coffee over a conversation with a friend whenever I need, despite the weather and the cold.
It wasn’t long ago in the woe and snow of South Dakota blizzard season that people caught in storms often lost limbs, nerves, and lives during these cold winter months. Specifically on the reservations, where in 1996 exhausted heat supplies and heavy snows made bringing in help a battle. It was so uncertain if help would make it in time, frostbitten parents placed tags on their children’s frostbitten toes so they would be identified by the time rescuers came … and fortunately, they did come.
So wherever you are this cold winter weekend, I hope you have heat, some friendship, and maybe a smile from the sun to make these cold days a little warmer.
And don’t worry about us, we’re keeping bundled up. We’re pros at it. We’re adaptable.
After all, we are living in the Land of Infinite Variety.