|Rain and wind continue most of the day.|
Monday we see sunshine and blue skies - and 85 degrees with humidity! Most of the places I want to visit are closed Mondays, so we explore Iowa's capitol city. Des Moines is lovely with a variety of vintage and modern buildings, parks, bridges and monuments.
|The capitol is huge and visible from every where in the city - the dome is 23 carat gold and very shiny.|
|Completed in 1928, the courthouse is surrounded by trendy brick business and residential buildings.|
|Des Moines - a respectable skyline.|
|The Breakfast Club in the East Village serves a delicious menu.|
|Apparently Cinderella now lives in Iowa. Wish I'd gotten a pic of the whole, adorable dress!|
|Soldiers and Sailors Monument - 1896|
|Not a great dining experience, but the pancake is perfect.|
The few items on my list for Des Moines, are all close to each other. The Sculpture Garden is downtown, surrounded by tall buildings and clean streets. Weirdly, most of the pieces are "untitled" which seems lame to me. How hard is it to give something a name??
Once I'm back in the Jeep I know that hours at the Botanical Garden aren't happening in this heat. And although it's mid-spring here, very few plants are blooming yet. Instead I take a very enjoyable, air-conditioned, drive through vintage neighborhoods. All different styles, old-growth trees, large green yards, it's a beautiful area.
|I love the staggered windows.|
Only open on weekends, the last place on the list is the Jordan House. Included in the National Underground Railroad Freedom Network, the property was built by James Jordan in the 1850s. Jordan was the "chief conductor" for Polk County, and his home was a welcome stop-over for fleeing slaves. John Brown stayed here at least twice when leading several families to their freedom.
|The 16-room home is fully restored - I'd love to see the inside!|
Fifth Street in West Des Moines is a cute, artsy area of shops and eateries. I take a short walk, poke my head in a couple places, get post cards for the grands.
|Very few others on a humid mid-week afternoon.|
In the last ten days we've had over a foot of snow, high winds, hail, torrential rains, high winds, thunder and lightening, minor flooding, 90 degree temps, high winds, humidity.....really, what's left?
|Imes Bridge, 1880|
|First one I've seen from the top! Holliwell Bridge|
|Cutler-Donahoe Bridge, 1881. The most beautiful setting - a lovely park in the middle of small town Winterset. They even have FHU camping sites. I'd definitely stay here next time!|
|The Cedar Bridge lacks the romance of most covered bridges.|
At the Cutler-Donahoe park some of the large tree stumps are being carved into woodland animals. The artist is working on one as we pass through. Wonderful art pieces!
So far, Iowa is my favorite state on this route! We've had our share of bizarre and uncomfortable weather, but the city and countryside are both so beautiful. I'm glad we have two more stops before leaving the state.