Warren County Fairgrounds
Pamell State Park
Just over the Missouri River we arrive in Iowa which is the only state, besides North Dakota, that we have not been to yet in the contiguous 48 states. We are excited to add this state but mostly we're looking forward to meeting up with Lee and Trace of Camper Chronicles. They are among 15 or so couples that we met when we first set out to fulltime. We call ourselves the Class of 2014. We've been lucky to cross paths each year.
|Crossing the Missouri River|
We drove around the town to check things out. Not too much here but it's quite close to Des Moines. We make a stop in the Confluence Brewery near the confluence of the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers. This brewery is also accessible by the Great Western Bike Trail which is a paved 16.5 mile trail connecting to others. Many bikers stop by. They had a Lunch Truck which had some amazing Carne Asada tacos which we shared. If we had more time to spend in Des Moines we'd have loved to bike on some of the trails.
|Des Moines, Iowa|
There are many graineries like this all around.
We found a great place to stay at Pamell State Park in nearby Winterset. Not only was it a nice, small, quiet park, we had it almost to ourselves. There are a few fun things to do in the immediate area. We chose two spots on the end with water and electric for $18 in sites 9 and 10. You do have to make sure you enter the park from the south as the north has a very small tunnel which most RV's won't fit through. See above picture.
Lee & Trace on the left, us on the right. Big, open site on the end. Lot's of nice green grass for Hurley to run around on.
We made dinner for them since they had a long drive and then talked around a nice campfire before heading to bed. There are several covered bridges nearby including the one used in the filming of Bridges of Madison County. We decided to drive to 4 of them.
Not much water flowing in the river at the moment.
The Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge built in 1870 is 79 feet long. While the bridges are quaint, they look mostly the same and are not as pretty as most you will see back east.
It's a nice 2 mile hike. On the way Steve and Lee found a geocache on this stone bridge.
Me, Steve, Trace and Lee
Cute picture of Trace.
We had fun goofing off too. The tower trip turned into a nice surprise.
We watched the sun set and went back for dinner made by Trace and another campfire.
On Sunday we went to the Birthplace and Museum of John Wayne. Steve really wanted to see this so he was happy when we asked Lee and he said "Of Course". (Well, it was this or the Quilting Museum). It was actually very interesting and very well done.
Amazing murals painted on a huge boulder out front.
Some local heroes.
There were some of those painted rocks left here too.
Wah, ha, ha!
They had a nice movie theatre with some history of John Wayne playing.
There were several movie memorabilia items.
After the museum we drove through town and found a couple more geocaches while looking for a place to have dinner.
While looking for a restaurant that was just out of town we came across another geocache hidden in some playground equipment. How long has it been since you went on one of those merry-go-round thingies?
The Hogback Covered Bridge built in 1884.
The restaurant that had been recommended to us was closed so we ended up at a buffet diner. The food was just ok but we were hungry so it was fine with us. We really enjoyed our time with Lee and Trace and will be seeing them again in Oregon next summer if all works out! Can't wait!
Well she was an American girl
Raised on promises.
She couldn't help thinkin' that there
Was a little more to life
After all it was a great big world,
With lots of places to run to.
Yeah, and if she had to die,
Tryin' she had one little promise
She was gonna keep.
--Tom Petty, American Girl