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Clever hitch ball cover...do you think this guy hunts or what

Love looking at farms

Cool looking bridge ahead

Crossing the Mississippi

1848 Danish Windmill

Bedstemor's House

Tribute to Hans Christian Anderson

Great farm off in the distance


Lots and lots of corn, alfalfa and hay. Some might feel that travelling through Central Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska is boring. Yes, it is a mostly farms, but this time of year everything is green and growing. I always thought this part of the country was flat. Not true. All these many miles are rolling hills with some pristine farms and interesting stair cased curving fields of corn.

We are anxious to get to Rapid City, SD but we do not have reservations for the 4th of July. So, we are dragging our feet a little in the hopes that we can stay at a small Nebraska recreation area called Maskenthine Lake through the 4th of July. This recreation area looks like one of those little city park gems. It is first come first serve (no reservations). So we have our fingers crossed. As of yesterday, they still had five sites available.

Our traveling has been averaging about 220 miles a day. On this leg, we decided to stop at a curious and seemingly out of place town called Elk Horn, IA and it's famous Danish Windmill. Really glad we stopped.

This is said to be the largest rural Danish settlement in the U.S. The 60 foot windmill was built in Denmark in 1848. It was dismantled and rebuilt in Elk Horn in 1976. There is a 900 A.D. Viking's home, museum and shop with new and old Danish merchandise.

There are events throughout the year honoring Danish heritage and famous persons such as Hans Christian Anderson. We had lunch at a nearby restaurant with authentic Danish dishes. The meatball were to die for. We also bought a Danish pastry that is layers and layers of thin pastry with butter and stuffed with almond paste shaped like a giant pretzel. Yum! Our waitress, Lisa, was great! She actually sat down with us and shared how she came to be in this little community and told stories about the town and events.

I just love finding these places that are off the beaten track. It is what I imagined this lifestyle would give me. Seeing America and it's history.



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