(Jan) It’s been a Hot couple of weeks. In fact, the first six months of 2012 accounted for the warmest January-through-June period on record for the contiguous U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Monday. Add to that the humidity and lack of rain and it’s just about unbearable to do many outside activities. We did do a little biking, though, in the mornings and walking in the evenings at Swan Lake in between visits to my mom at her new home at St. Anthony’s. Also, our friends Ron and Edna joined us for the 4th of July and we headed out on the Sauk Rail Trail for a ride to Maple River and back.
On the 5th we got the MH back out on the road to stay at Little Wall Lake south of Jewell, Iowa. The campground is on a pretty little lake but most important to us, it has 50 amp electricity for our A/C and is 15 miles from our son Brent, D-I-L Donna and kids. We spent several fun evening going to the Ames Aquatic Center with them. Grampa and I had lots of fun on the Lazy River and going down the tube slides with the family. Grampa Chuck, Brent and grandsons Stephen and Michael even went down the High Tube Slide that ended in the deep end of the pool. Brent & Donna and Chuck & I had a fun time going to Garage Sales Saturday morning and we ended the family week-end with lunch at Pizza Ranch.
Saturday and Sunday found us at the Coralville COE CG near Iowa City. A lovely cool front came through during the night on Saturday and offered some blessed relief from the heat. Ron and Edna joined us for shared meals, visiting and cards as they were traveling east. We took a nice hike in the afternoon to the Devonian Fossil Gorge. The floods of 1993 and 2006 ravaged the landscape here and exposed the 375 million year old ocean floor. It was an interesting hike/walk through the gorge looking and finding many fossils that had lain buried for many ages.