Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn in Iowa 2013


Our 6 weeks in Iowa kept us busy seeing family & friends and taking care of numerous projects. Our MH found homes at Swan Lake State Park near Carroll, IA, a dead-end street in Gilbert, IA, Yellowsmoke County Park near Denison, IA, Paul Wolff County Park near Elgin, IL, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West, Branch, IA and the un-used corner of the parking lot at St. Anthony’s Nursing Home; boondocking at some and W/E hook-up sites at others.

001Grandson Stephen #26, Gilbert HS, after scoring a TD. 092Simple gravestones of President Herbert & Lou Hoover. 091Costco’s indoor parking lot in Coralville, IA.
004 (2)Nancy, Jan, Karen, Edna, Betty & Becki 192Lynn & Chuck Photo: Edna and I kayaking at Yellowsmoke! Thanks Mary and Lynn!! We loved it.Edna & Jan

In Illinois we were able to watch our granddaughter Jess play clarinet in the Marching Band during her school’s HS Football game. We also smoked salmon in Eric’s smoker and watched the Bears FB game.

006Jan w/Sparkle, Chuck, Cheri & Eric, Jess and Ryan   009Libby, Anne w/Maddy, Katie, Stephen, Linda, Mom, Jan, Michael, Richard, Glen & Mary Ann, Donna & Brent and Chuck
2013-08-28Chuck & I and Glen & Mary Ann have had several fun nights together in the past month and Linda & Richard drove up from Kansa one week-end to join us. We all visited mom at St. Anthony’s and had a Pizza Party there when Brent & Donna and kids joined us one Sunday.

It has been delightful reconnecting with my mom. Telephone conversations are fine but I sure enjoyed spending time visiting and taking her on wheel chairs rides through the halls, the garden and over to the Hospital to see the new-born babies. Looking at pictures brought out so many old stories and memories. I’m so glad that we had this time together!

We are now traveling west on our way to Seattle, Washington.

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