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May 21, 2016 - A Visit to Downtown Des Moines

“A spectacular week ahead.” That was a comment I read last week in the forecast discussion on the NOAA weather website for central and eastern Iowa. It made me smile for two reasons. The first reason was obvious – sunny, warm, no-rain-in sight – who would not smile for that reason. Second, if you’ve ever read an in-depth NOAA forecast discussion, it may be written in English but the terminology and abbreviations used are not for the layman and that simple sentence was so out of character and felt, well, so down-to-earth! So, with a smile on...

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May 13, 2016 - Who Put in These Hills?

I had a big misconception about Iowa before visiting the Des Moines area. I had the silly belief that Iowa was as flat as a pancake. Ha! After cycling some of the trails here, let me tell you that Iowa is not as flat as you think. In between the storms, we managed to squeeze in a few bike rides. Unless you are riding on a rails-to-trails path, of which there are a few in this area, you’ll find yourself cycling up and down through rolling hills that will get your heart rate up real fast. The Sauk River Trail in Carroll, the Volksweg trail in...

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May 1, 2016 - Hello Iowa

We are now in Iowa at the Saylorville COE which is about 20 miles from Des Moines. Since we only travel about 200 miles a day, it took us a while to get here. This is our second stop in Iowa. After leaving Albuquerque, our first stop was Tucumcari, New Mexico. Historic Route 66 runs through Tucumcari and it was a popular stop along the route. However, like many cities on Route 66, Tucumcari has seen better days. There are still a few vintage-style motels along Route 66 that draw people to town. My guess is that if it weren’t the county...

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Apr 29, 2013 - Grandkids at Cherry Glen Campground

This morning we packed up and headed out for Cherry Glen Campground in Polk City, Iowa. It really seems like we had no time at all in Cedar Rapids but since we've taken a job in Wyoming for the summer, we can't stay any longer. After they got off work, Danica, Chance and the kiddos came over for dinner. Tommy and Addi had fun playing in the playground. It is so good to spend some time with them.

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May 23, 2011 - The Butlers Visit Cherry Glen

NOTE: To view movies, make sure you single click! We are staying at Cherry Glen Campground while we visit Danica and family in Des Moines, Iowa. We love the Corps Parks around the United States. They are always beautiful, well-maintained and the best part is that since we are seniors we can stay for half price. The only part we don't like is that most of them don't have full hookups so we have to move in a week so our waste tanks don't get full. Today we had a picnic with our daughter, Danica, and her family. Actually, they brought Chinese...

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Oct 13, 2010 - Off to Des Moines, Iowa

Last night we went over and visited Lori and the kids at their new apartment and said goodbye to all of them. It was a bit hard, to say the least! Today we packed up the fifth wheel and drove to Des Moines or actually Polk City. We set up camp at Cherry Glen campground. Since Danica and crew had plans for the evening, we just went to a movie in the evening. It wasw "Life As We Know It". It was a silly romantic comedy but it was nice to let the problems of the last few weeks just kind of evaporate and do something enjoyable and mindless!

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Aug 11, 2007 - Moving Day

(Elena Writing) We packed up Da Honu and left the fairgounds at 10 AM. The mud had dried up making it easy to drive out of our campsite with no problem. There were many people walking a long distance to the fair. Along University Avenue, we noticed that many residential lawns were posted with "Parking for $5" signs. It was an unusual sight to see cars and even some RVs parked right on these residential lawns. It was an opportunity for them to provide some much-needed parking for the fair and make a little money too. Traffic was...

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Jun 5, 2007 - ***Sunday and Monday; with Brenda and Kim

Sunday June 3rd - had breakfast with Tracy and Rick; drove to Polk city just north of Des Moines. Big name but a very small town on the Saylorville Dam. The Dam was built on the Raccoon river as part of the projects to prevent Mississippi flooding back in the 60's I believe. But there is so much rain this spring that there is flooding everywhere. The Saylorville Lake was full and overflowing. This was the same south of Des Moines where Tracy took me to see his friend's parents and the round barn. Flooding everywhere. A very wet spring in...

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