(Jan) After being in Iowa for nearly three months, with side trips to Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, we are now on our way west. We are going to miss our midwest family and friends!
Leaving Iowa this time was a little more poinient, as my mom will no longer be there on our next time back in the state. I am now parentless and have moved into the 'older' generation. I miss mom already for so many reasons. I am very grateful that she lived a long, fruitful life.
We finished our time in Iowa at Swan Lake State Park. Camp Hosts Sharlene and Jo & Jerry are wonderful people and we are happy to call them friends. They know our favorite spot there; luckily it has been available each time we were there this spring. The trees in the park have gone fron nearly bare in March to full leaf.
This week has been busy with many friends, shared meals and fond good-byes. Ron and Edna had us over for dinner on the night we arrived back. Calvin & Nancy and Joe & Sharon joined us at R&E's new home for a delicious dinner and a pleasant evening. We missed getting a photo early in the evening but here are six of us; Ron & Edna, Calvin & Nancy and Chuck & I.
On Tuesday we joined Glen & Mary Ann for a road trip over to Bayard to have dinner at Three Broke Girls. The food was fabulous! Several of us had the 'Not so Broke' Burger; 1/3 burger topped with thinly sliced prime rib, cheese and onion rings! Great food and so nice to have an evening to visit with these two. I missed a photo of them but got a photo at their daughter and son-in-law's house where we stopped on the was home to say hi! to the family and cuddly their sweet little ones.
The following day was a busy one! Jan went to Ames with girlfriends Nancy, Betty, Norma and Edna to visit Reiman Gardens. The trip was a good one but we were at Reiman Gardens in between seasons when not many plants were blooming. The butterfly garden and the indoor garden were both wonderful though as was our lunch that followed. At Paton, Iowa's 209 Main, the Menu is varied and good, the restuarant is huge and the bar has a 'frost rail' to set your drink on to
keep it cold. We ended our day eating ice cream back at Edna's house. What a delightful day.
I arrived back at Swan Lake to find Chuck visiting with his cousin Gary from Kansas City and our RV friend Gregg who joined us for several days. Gregg made us a wonderful dinner that evening of Iowa chops, sweet corn and fruit. Chuck added sour dough bread and we had a feast. We had fun with them visiting about family and travel. On Thursday evening Gregg, Chuck and I ate at B & S in Carroll. They make one of the best Pork Tenderloins in the state. Delicious! After dinner we drove out to the countryside to see one of the many giant Wind Turbines in this area.
Friday was dedicated to going down to our storage unit and going through packed boxes to find photographs and negatives. Chuck has gotten a legal sized scanner and he is going to do lots of scanning to get them into digital form. On our way we stopped at Lynn and Mary's. She treated us to burgers & asparagus. Yum! We have been eating like Kings lately! Saturday was photo-scanning and cleaning day.
Sunday morning we went to Mass in Halbur with Ron & Edna. After Church services we went up to the cemetary to visit my mom & dad's graves along with my grandparents and both sets of my great grandparents. Ron's grandparents & great grandparents are buried there also as is Katherine Shillinger who is Ron's and my Great-great-great grandmother. Yes, Ron & I are ditantly related; we're third cousins. Our visit continued at The Market Place where we had a yummy breakfast and then back out to the Swan Lake.
That evening Chuck & I drove over to Denison's Yellowsmoke Park to visit with friends Lynn & Mary and Jim & Jerri who were camping there. Bob, Julie & Rachel joined us, also, for a Blue Gill fish fry, salads and apple pie a la mode! We have camped with these friends for the last ten years and will miss the camp fires and fun with them this summer.
Thanks to all our family and friends for your warm welcomes, friendship and fond good-byes. This has been a spring to remember for us.
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