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Mississippi River Boat Cruise

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

While not officially part of the Walking Convention package, the convention organizers provided information on the cruise.

While this isn't the boat we were on, it is the other boat at the dock where we loaded.

I think they said we had around 150 Volksmarchers aboard.
We had a good band, I liked the kind of music they played.

We had excellent food.

The bugs were bad, so you couldn't stand out on deck and enjoy the ride. It was raining when we boarded but it quit before we came back to the dock.

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BITTYGIRL51 7/13/2011 4:10PM

    Cool. I love cruise ships, but they don't like me! (Sea sickness!)...Looks like you had a great time. Where abouts in Texas are you? I am originally from up North and have been to Crazy Horse, Rushmore etc several times.

Have a blessed time. emoticon

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Cedar Rapids 11K

Monday, July 11, 2011

This was a one way 11K walk from the Veteran's Memorial Stadium (home of the the Cedar Rapids Kernals) to Washington High School. When you arrived at the high school you were given a school bus ride back to the start.
At the visitor's center downtown they had a Grant Woods mural set up for picture taking. This is my DH and me.

Cedar Rapids calls itself the city of 5 seasons. This is a sculpture that represents that. The 5th season is the season of fun.

This is the former City Hall - now Veteran's Memorial Building. It its on an island in the river. There was a flood in 2008 that made them decide to move City Hall to a safer location.


12K in Des Moines Iowa

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Friday's event started at the Convention Center and went past the sculpture garden we had visited on yesterday. Des Moines is actually very hilly. It was a challenging walk. Our first checkpoint was at the Governor's Mansion (circa 1869)which is named "Palace of the Prairie".

The walk then continued on to Salisbury House, where we toured the gardens. We could have gone inside for a tour, but there was an entrance fee and we don't carry money with us when we walk. The Salisbury House is an English Tudor style mansion built in the 1920s.

This was basically a residential walk. We did pass a couple of nice churches. We were glad to get back to the Convention Center and get our books stamped.


Fun stuff in Des Moines

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Not all our time was spent walking. We had some down time to just be tourists.

We did the sculpture garden. This was one of my favorites.

We drove by the Capitol building. Wished we had stopped. We assumed (wrongly) that the upcoming walk would take us by here so we could peek inside.

We also sent over and rode the Heritage Carousel. This turn-of-the-century replica carousel is hand carved from basswood, hand painted and ridden to the sound of an old-fashioned band organ. It has been in operation sine 1999.


Ames, Ia - Iowa State University 10K

Friday, July 08, 2011

The walk started at Reiman Garden which is right next to the Jack Trice Football Stadium. It was cool and rainy as we headed out around the stadium.

The campus has lots of neat old buildings. This is Catt Hall - built in 1892.

The Molecular Biology Building has these G-Nomes atop each corner. They are twelve-foot tall terra-cotta sculptures, and in each hand the figures hold X and Y chromosome rods.

When we finished the 10K we toured Reiman Gardens (largest public gardens in Iowa) and it was very nice. They had the cutest "big bugs". Artwork created by David Rogers. Here is just one of the bugs.

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BITTYGIRL51 7/8/2011 9:51PM

    Woo Hoo! I've been to Ames many, many years ago. If you know where Stone City is - I have ex-family still there. Pretty country. Kudos to you!!

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