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North America » United States » Iowa » Dyersville August 26th 2019

Today we had a great breakfast at the hotel and headed toward our first stop of the day.....Antique Archaeology in Le Claire, Iowa. This is the home of the American Pickers, Mike, Frank, and Danielle. I didn't originally plan this stop but when I was looking at the GPS I learned that it was only about 2 miles from the Interstate we were traveling. It seemed logical to stop there since we all watch the show. The place was just like you see on TV, but it seemed to be much smaller in person. Since we all watch the show it was exciting to visit their shop. Le Claire sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and has some beautiful homes. Though none of the stars were there we still had a great time! Back ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa July 7th 2019

July 6 We slept in this morning. I think all four of us were more tired than usual. We had breakfast after walking the dogs. I did a few loads of laundry. We had checked in with Angie and Dan, they thought they would come out to the trailer for a visit. So while my laundry slowly got done we had more time to visit mixed with short walks with the dogs. Around 4 pm we left the dogs at the trailer and the four of us headed into Amana for a little more shopping and we’d have dinner at the Yoke Inn another German family style restaurant. We looked about at three or four shops before heading to the restaurant. I did buy some homemade fudge, just two pieces to try it. For dinner David ... read more
Angie and Dan posing with Yokey.
This little Piggy goes to market!
Fields around the RV park

North America » United States » Iowa » Amana July 5th 2019

July 5 This morning was a hot one, sun was baking down with intensity for our first foray out this morning with the dogs. It was so hot I didn’t even want coffee, just too hot. We knew Dan was up early this morning putting a brisket in the smoker and we were looking forward to that. We checked in by phone with Angie and Dan and decided we’d go over to their house in the early afternoon. We’d let them get there chores done as they were having us and some other guest for barbecue around 4pm. In the meantime I enticed David to go shopping this morning at the Amana Colonies by suggesting we go to the local bakery for breakfast. I’m not sure he completely understood the ramifications of his quick answer, YES, ... read more
Ramona at the woolen mill shop.
David carrying our new blanket.
The Amana furniture and clock shop.

North America » United States » Iowa » Amana July 4th 2019

July 4th Happy Independence Day! It was a nice leisurely morning. As usual David took the dogs out, I got coffee and breakfast started but I had extra to prepare this morning as David took home Apple Strudel from the restaurant last night to have for breakfast. I had creme pie last night as did David. The apple strudel is much better is our assessment this morning. We enjoyed it very much. We got showers and I did a few chores before we loaded up and headed the twenty miles into Cedar Rapids. Dan had given me directions for a new road that was more direct to their house but I missed a turn somewhere and our GPS didn’t have the new road listed. Why is it you buy a vehicle that comes with navigation, for ... read more
Red wants Gizmo to play ball!
Cephas tried to lure Red again!
Cephas from his scary perch!

North America » United States » Iowa » Amana July 3rd 2019

July 3 Today we’ve got a pretty long trip. Straight North out of Columbus to Amana Iowa. Originally we were going to stay near a lake at a Corp of Engineers park but it only had electricity and only 30 amp so only one air conditioner could run. It’s been so hot and miserable that without both air conditioners I think we’d be pretty unhappy so I canceled and we’ll be staying at the Amana colonies with full hook ups and 50 amp. We are staying 5 days to visit our niece, Angie & Dan. We dearly love them and didn’t make it out to see them as originally planned last October. We promised this summer so this will be our farthest point east of the trip from there we will turn west again. We got ... read more
Getting into the Amana Colonies, Amish country.
Our spot at the Amana RV Park!
Dinner in Amana!  Weiner's and Spatzle!

North America » United States » Iowa » Des Moines November 16th 2018

Initially, I was very excited that I would be leaving school two days early, thus extending my thanksgiving break. When I heard my family would be driving through the midwest to go see my cousins in Iowa, I was a little less excited. I decided, though, that I wouldn’t ruin my trip even before it started. I was sure there had to be things to do in the Midwest. My parents picked me up from school on Friday, November 16 at about 7 pm. There wasn’t much more to do than driving that night. So, we drove west as far as we could before we got tired. This ended up happening at about 1 am, five hours after we had left. We had arrived in a town on the westernmost end of Pennsylvania, less than an ... read more

North America » United States » Iowa » Davenport July 22nd 2018

We pulled out at 9:30 into a cool, cloudy morning. It was 62 degrees. Yay! It would be delightful if we get this when we get home...at least long enough to unload Mufasa! We drove through Cedar Rapids, Iowa and were amazed at the amount of industries there. We had seen a sign when we entered Iowa yesterday stating that they loved both their silos and their smoke stacks. I guess areas like this is what they meant. Our first stop was at an Iowa Rest Area to hop on WiFi to post yesterday’s blog post. It was quick, quick! LOVE good WiFi. A “chore” we had on our list was to mail a birthday card to one of my cousins. We plugged Post Office into the GPS and it sent us off at the exit ... read more
entrance to Herbert Hoover Nat. Historic Site
Statement by Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover Birthplace

North America » United States » Iowa » Waterloo July 21st 2018

It was a beautiful morning as we pulled out at 10:00 heading south on I-35. We could just have dropped on down I-35 S to your house Laura...except you aren’t home!! We came the last few days from areas that were indeed “the land of 10,000 lakes” to vast fields of very flat land which then morphed into gently rolling hills full of prosperous looking farms. Our first stop was at the Iowa Welcome Center, and what a welcome stop it was! You can tell by the pictures that it is indeed unusual and the folks that worked there were tops. As you can also see from the pictures John found his new favorite friend who sold him a piece of Rhubarb Pie. Barb, you better quickly make sure you are still at the top of ... read more
Fields in Minnesota
Kind goodbye!
Welcome to Iowa

North America » United States » Iowa » Davenport July 15th 2018

The drive from Alton RV Park in Columbus OH to Clark's Ferry Recreation Area in Montpelier IA (from where the journey to Alaska would begin) was too far for Uncle Larry, so I decided to make a stop at Kamp Komfort RV Park in Bloomington IL to visit one family member and a childhood neighbor. I departed Columbus on Wednesday, June 26, 2018 and took I-70 to Indianapolis IN, connected with I-74 through Champaign IL and on to Bloomington. The trip was long by Uncle Larry’s standards but was uneventful. Unfortunately, I had learned a few weeks before my visit that my nephew, the women’s gymnastics coach at Illinois State University in Bloomington, would be out of state during my visit. That was not a problem as I had last-minute details to address before heading out ... read more
An Amusement Park Is Located Just Over the Left Field Fence
Marilyn’s Great Nephew, Luke – I Guess that Makes Him About My Seventeenth Cousin or Something, for Those Who Insist on Splitting Hairs!
Marilyn’s Great Niece, Ella, and Sister-in-Law, Rhonda, Found Some Ham Somewhere!

North America » United States » Iowa June 24th 2018

We went to grotto. I saw heaven with lots of angels. I saw so many minerals and rocks from the grotto. A German priest made the great grotto.... read more
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