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Jun 3, 2019 - Very Nice City Park Campground

We found this campground several months and called to make reservations. We were told that we didn't need reservations during the week, so we headed there on Sunday June 2nd. We had several sites to pick from, and chose site 34 as it was a long pull thru with a huge grassy area in our patio area. Had a fire ring, a couple shade trees, but only water and electric hookups. Also with the trees nearby, we didn't get any satellite.

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Summer 2019

Jun 2, 2019 - Anita Wanted to see the Bridges

Way back in the early planning stages of this summer's trip, I asked Anita what she wanted to see or do and the one thing other than going to Colorado :) was to see the Bridges of Madison County Iowa. We found them all. Had a very nice 3 days in Winterset at the City Park Campground.

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Summer 2019

Sep 14, 2016 - Bridges and Nebraska

This morning after a nice hot breakfast of omlettes and bacon, we headed to see the Bridges of Madison County. It was a 3+ hour drive across Iowa. I have always love the movie, and had hoped to see these covered bridges one day - and they were spectacular. I imagined how Francesca (Meryl Streep) must have felt when she met Clint Eastwood at this bridge. It was so romantic. It was one of my highlights of the trip so far. We also found a trail that had a castle tower in the woods. It was a 2 mile drive into some windy back woods - and at one...

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Sep 29, 2013 - Howell's, Cumming, Iowa....

Today's post covers our visit to Howell's Dried Floral and Greenhouse, with more than 5 acres of flowering gardens and a giant barn filled with beautiful, naturally air-dried florals and arrangements. Inside the barn, in the loft, the flowers are hung in 20 and 25 foot cascades to be naturally, air dried.They grow more than 53 different flowers, pods and grains. I loved the rows and rows of hardy mums, brilliant pumpkins and colorful squash & gourds located outside in front of the 1910 barn. There was also a friendly Barn Yard, where kids...

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Sep 28, 2013 - John Wayne's Birthplace...

Today's post covers our visit to John Wayne's birthplace right here in Winterset. He was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907, the son of Clyde and Mary Brown Morrison and weighed in at a whopping 13 pounds. By the way, we learned that even though he reached a height of 6'4" or more, his shoe size was a 9-9 1/2! Interesting :) His father Clyde was a pharmacist who worked on the south side of Winterset's town square. In his youth, Clyde attended nearby Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. John Wayne described his father as “the...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Winterset, Covered Bridges...

Today's post covers our time spent here in Winterset & the surrounding area. We started off our morning at the famous Northside Cafe where we enjoyed a terrific breakfast. This cafe has been in business for over 100 years & of course is well known as the cafe Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) dined at in the film 'Bridges of Madison County'. Of course we both had to take a turn sitting on the stool he used! Next stop, the 107 foot long Roseman Covered Bridge. This bridge has been at the same location since 1883. In Robert James Waller's...

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Sep 26, 2013 - Travel Day from Ruthven to Winterset....

Tuesday we traveled just over 200 miles from Ruthven to Winterset, Iowa. It was a nice ride traveling south on Hwy 71. Of course most of the scenery consisted of corn fields, soybeans and wind turbines. Larry still thinks they are ugly but I kind of find them to be very interesting. We understand they are wreaking havoc on the birds though which is not good! We arrived at the Winterset City Park Campground about 4:30pm and were completely set up within the hour. It's a lovely campground and we're glad to be here. This is a cute little town...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Freedom Rock...

The Freedom Rock is a large 12-foot tall (approx. 60+ ton) boulder located in rural Iowa located along Iowa Highway 25 in western Iowa approximately one mile south of exit 86 on Interstate 80. Nothing for sale here, no admission fees, free parking, and a wonderful Iowa tribute to the men and women who have served, are serving, and have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, was inspired by the movie Saving Private Ryan, and wanted to give Veterans a unique recognition on Memorial Day. Since 1999 it is...

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Sep 23, 2013 - Wayne & Bridges

After a restful night, we pulled out this morning heading for the Living History Farms. As soon as we got to the parking lot, we knew there was a problem - the lot was empty! Sure enough, it's closed on Monday and Tuesday. So on toward Omaha. Traveling I-35, we saw a sign that said "Birthplace of John Wayne." "Ralph, you want to stop there?" "Why? Do you?" Just then I saw a second sign that said "The Bridges of Madison County." So of course I said "Let's do it!" After delays due to road construction, our first stop was the Visitor...

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Aug 10, 2013 - 2013-Amana Colonies & Bridges of Madison County

We arrived in the Amana Colonies mid-day the 9th and stayed in an RV park that was smack dab in the middle of a corn field! The farm next door had cows and they softly (except for one hoarse sounding guy!) mooed several times (around the dinner and breakfast hour). So a trip to Iowa would not be complete without a corn field hence one of the pictures has Steve and I standing next to the field right by our space. We think the corn was around 8' tall, amazingly! This just continued our "Field of Dreams" experience! We weren't able to get to...

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Aug 8, 2013 - Bridges of Madison County continued

From West Des Moines KOA Had a great day today seeing more sights and luckily not getting into any trouble! Got off to an early start this morning at the Visitor Center. They had the movie, Bridges of Madison County, running on a TV in the back and the ironing board used in the film. We got a lot of information on where we should go and our first stop was to walk to the John Wayne Birthplace. It’s a small house but has a statute of him on the street. The road is named for him too. Our next stop was Pammel Park. That is where the children...

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Aug 7, 2013 - Iowa

From West Des Moines KOA Luckily we didn’t get the expected storm last night. Nevertheless, I had a restless night anticipating them. This morning I went online to make reservations for the KOA. It had no availability. I couldn’t imagine them being full because we only see about 2 other RV’s on the road when we’re traveling. I called them and was told the State Fair starts tomorrow night. I knew about the Bikers in Sturgis this week and booked the national park before we left. Didn’t know about the state fair. However, the girl I talked to...

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