|Happy Birthday, Mom. Were she alive, today would be her 105th birthday. Where does time go?
Yesterday, 50 of us work campers rode a bus north and shared a river cruise on the Iowa River...one of the tributaries of the slightly larger ;-) Mississippi. The 'Empress', slightly smaller than the boats on that Mississippi, is docked in Iowa Falls and oddly, the only falls in the city of 5500+ population is a man-made waterfall - and not much of one at that. No, the lady at the museum couldn't explain the origin of the town's name either.
The 'cruise' was a short one down and back and up the river taking a little over an hour. We then had a picnic lunch back at their pier. The weather was cloudy, dry, and on the chilly side, but though it was not a spectacular or very memorable 'cruise' it was a relaxing ride and very enjoyable.
After lunch, the bus drove us a few blocks back to the center of town where we had a little over two hours to explore and do whatever we wanted to do. Several of us went to a charming little coffee shop with a mini bookstore downstairs, walked the aisles of an antique shop, then spent our last minutes at the local museum which featured an art exhibit on the main floor and relics of the days of yore on the lower lever. It was a nice break from Adventureland and a good opportunity to get to know a few more of the work campers. The park organizes an event such as this every year.
I have three more weekends before the park closes for the season. Tomorrow my truck will
get serviced and hopefully will get a clean bill of health.