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North America » United States » Iowa » Des Moines June 8th 2007

url='/Videos/3964.html' onclick='dialog("/Videos/3964.html?popped=1","tbvideo",600,600);return false;'Meet Molly the horse! I really struggled with which lame pop culture reference to use as a segue into the entry for our five day stay in Des Moines. I originally went with "Oooh, Baby do you know what that's worth?" but I thought Field of Dreams was more appropriate since we were staying on an Iowa farm and the actual site where the movie was filmed is less than a hundred miles from here. Throw in the fact that our next stop is the Badlands of South Dakota, where Kevin Costner directed his socially conscious western epic Dances With Wolves, and the choice seemed clear. But the point of all this is to say that Iowa, and more specifically Des Moines, might actually be heaven, or as close an approximation as we are ... read more
Downtown Des Moines
Yummy Greek food
Beaumont, the barn cat

North America » United States » Iowa » Des Moines December 20th 2006

Tomorrow is the big day! I'm out of mind trying to get last minute details done before we leave tomorrow. This past week has been really good and really busy. Somthing really wonderful happened to The Husband and me, and it's made financing this trip much easier. It's nice to be able to travel and do what you want to do and not worry about the budget so much. It's never happened to me before, so I'll try not to come home broke as a joke. For the most part, I'm done with my planning. The person that was supposed to watch my house while I'm gone backed out today (and didn't call), so I had to scramble to find someone at the last minute. Ozy's stuff is ready to go, and he likes the new ... read more

North America » United States » Iowa » Des Moines December 14th 2006

Hello All! This is the first post! Today is 12/13, and we're leaving for New Orleans next Thursday. Right now I'm just trying to get everything done-laundry, money (wanna give to the A and B Smith travel fund?), puppy, etc. This is our first time traveling with a dog, so I'm a little nervous about that. I'm a planner by nature, so I think Ozy will be okay. He's got a little limp right now, but it's getting better. I guess I should explain why this trip is so important to me. New Orleans isn't just a city to my husband, it's home. It's my second home. Before Katrina, most people saw NOLA as a place to party, to get drunk, to lose your inhibitions. That may be true for tourists, but for us it's ... read more

North America » United States » Iowa » Des Moines September 5th 2006

Well, today I delivered the load at Carpentersville, IL, at 9:00 local time (6:00 am for me!) and no problem with load. I traveled yesterday and today from Nebraska into Illinois. The traffic over in this area is a killer, but the view is great. Both natural landscape and man-made cities look great from the privilaged point of view of an 18 wheeler driver seat! :)) I got a load going into Wisconsing, which will get me closer to one going back to Oregon, going home for time off! Yummieeee... can't wait!... read more
Storm anyone?
As I said, more pioneers...
Great farm land...

North America » United States » Iowa » Des Moines July 25th 2006

I realized that I forgot to put up the few pictures I took with Byers family relatives while I was home. There was no organized family event while I was home, so I didn't have a chance to see many members of the Byers clan, but I saw Grandma a few times and my Aunt and a couple cousins, too. My flight back to China left Des Moines at noon on Monday, so the question arose as to how I was going to get to the airport when both my mom and my sister were working. Luckily, Grandma happily agreed to take me to the airport instead. So, the morning of my flight, I was dropped off at Grandma's house at eight in the morning. We hung around and chatted for a while and then my ... read more
Cousins Jimmy, Brian, and I
Aunt Barb, Grandma B, and I

North America » United States » Iowa » Des Moines March 27th 2006

Well we were adventure kids this weekend, and in a completely different way. We had two amazing shows in Quincy. The woman in charge was very helpful and when we aksed her about a mechanic, she called and got us squeezed in. They were sweet peas. We took pictures of the set up process so you guys can see what we go through. Lovely. The town was really old and had beautiful homes. It is right along the Mississippi River. We finally had Mexican food and it was great. We had to wait 4 hours for the mechanics to just check out the car so we took their car to a great place. They even had mexican music playing. Our waiter was from Vista. He understood. About a week ago, we were at a sandwich shop ... read more
Me and the poles

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