August 24, 2015

Road Trip 2015: Days 7 & 8

Days 7 & 8: Des Moines, IA to Minnesota

After a long week, Des Moines was low key. On a very hot day, we spent the afternoon at a municipal pool and visited the Saylorville Dam.

Saylorville Dam
Penny helped set the picnic table for dinner
Our second night camping at Saylorville was considerably louder. A neighboring family was quite apologetic about their baby's first time camping, though I never heard her cry. Others were much louder, including a party somewhere else in the campground that was loud enough to hear late in the evening. My husband was strongly considering packing up and driving home at 10pm, but P wanted to stay the night and so we did.

I'm so glad we stayed because not long after leaving on Saturday morning, we realized we were super close to Reiman Gardens at Iowa State in Ames. We'd been last summer when visiting SCAD friends in town from Savannah and decided it was worth another visit. But, first we munched on a delicious buffet breakfast at the IowaStater restaurant.

During our visit, we explored several student-led installation exhibits. P loved a giant beehive she could climb inside.


We saw beautiful flying insects in the impressive butterfly space, learned more about pollinator gardens and registering our Monarch waystation. Overall, a wonderful way to spend a few hours at the end of a long trip.


Although I was ready to go home, I also wanted to see more. I'm already thinking about the next road trip. Where will our Suburu take us next?

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