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Published: November 26th 2016
Photos from various places in Iowa, Illinois and possibly Wisconsin
When we started this blog 10 years ago (Happy Birthday Ake's and Emma's Blog!) the main purpose was to make it possible for us to publish our photos. We also try to add some stories, possibly an anecdote or two and write a bit about the places we visit. Hopefully we do it so good that we once in a while also manage to inspire people to visit the places we have been to. But what is most important to us is that we wish to let friends, relatives and anyone else who might be interested see the pictures we take.
Last summer we were in the US for a while. When we now finally have managed to sit down and sort out the photos we took then we realized that we had many which were publishable but where we don't have any good story to attach to them. That has never stopped us before. We can easily squeeze in a few such photos in between the other pictures in our blogs. But on this trip we had so many of them that we have
This is a grain elevator. Grain elevators are, we've been told, also known as prairie icons, prairie cathedrals or prairie sentinels
decided to put them all in one blog and publish them all in one go. This is that blog.
These are just a lot of random pictures really so don't bother trying theme because there is none. Most of the photos were taken in Iowa, a few in Illinois and there might also be one or two from Wisconsin in there.
Our journey started in Chicago. We rented a car at O'Hare Airport and drove across Illinois straight to Iowa. We spent around a week driving around nooks and crannies and highways and byways of Iowa before we returned to Chicago again. We had a rough plan on where we wanted to go. There were a few places we knew we wanted to visit. We will write about those places in later blog entries. But on a trip like this we also make many unscheduled stops. Often those stops are just as interesting as the planned ones. Much of what you see in this blog entry come from these unscheduled stops.
In one town they had decorated the square with statues of Super Hero Cows That was an art project where
one or more artists had carved statues of cows made to look like super hero characters. Spiderman became Spidercow, Superman becomes Supercow and Batman Batcow. There were well over a dozen of those statues and we just found them adorable. Cows might not be the prettiest of animals but made to look like superheroes they are fun to look at, aren't they?
We have a bit of a thing for nice looking bridges and in the US there are plenty of those. We have added two pictures of train bridges. They are just nice looking steel bridges, that's all. In our original plans for this trip we thought about seeing a bridge in central Iowa called Kate Shelley High Bridge. But due to bad planning we missed that one. Maybe we have to go back to Iowa some day.
This is all for now. We will return soon with more from our road trip in Iowa.
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