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Sep 24, 2013 - Grotto of the Redemption....

I'm several days behind in posting once again but hope to catch up within the next couple of days. In the meantime, here is a brief synopsis of our last few days! Sunday Larry, Fred, Chris & I visited the Grotto of the Redemption, a religious monument located in West Bend, Iowa. Comprised of nine grottos depicting scenes in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the Grotto contains a large collection of minerals and petrification's and is believed to be the largest grotto in the world. The Grotto is frequently considered the "Eighth Wonder of the...

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Sep 20, 2013 - Lost Island Lake...

We pulled out of Sioux Falls right on the dot of 11am this morning, as usual! I don't understand what happens to our mornings. No matter what time we start to break camp, it is always 11am before we are ready. Drives me nuts, lol! I didn't even cook breakfast this morning which usually accounts for part of that late morning departure issue. We'd never tried the Hardee's biscuits and gravy everyone talks about so Larry went right next door and picked us up a breakfast platter, which included one biscuit & gravy. It was good, but not as great...

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Sep 19, 2010 - Spirit Lake Massacre....

We picked Fred & Chris up this morning and started our day out with breakfast at the Country Store across the street. Well they did anyway, I ate oatmeal before we came. Larry said it was some of the best sausage country biscuits & gravy he's ever had. After breakfast we headed out for the short trip to the Iowa Great Lakes, a group of natural glacial lakes. The three principal lakes of the group are Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake. They are the largest natural lakes in the state of Iowa, covering 15,000 acres, with...

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Sep 18, 2010 - Emmetsburg, Iowa...

Woke to blue skies this morning, well, for about 10 minutes! Then the gray moved in, the temperature dropped and it stayed that way for most of the day. We had a light shower or two as well, but by the time we picked Fred & Chrissy up for today's outing it was just overcast. Did you know that Iowa is all farmland? LOL, just kidding, crops only cover 60% of the state, but it is known as the "Food Capital of the World". In this particular area the towns are very small, all connected by a 2 lane road meandering past pretty lakes and fields of...

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Sep 17, 2010 - Travel day to Iowa...

A short update to let you know we have safely arrived in Iowa. It was a beautiful day for traveling with blue skies and white clouds, my favorite as you may already know! We made only one stop and that was at a nice rest area right at the SD/Minnesota border. We stretched our legs a bit and had a bite of lunch. When we reached the Iowa border there wasn't a good spot to pull over, so I took a pic of the Iowa sign as we raced by at 60 mph. Sorry about that all my Iowa residents, lol. We knew that Ruthven was a small town located between...

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