Before we left on our road trip, I asked my Facebook friends for suggestions for things to do in Iowa.The results were not encouraging.
Despite that, I had a wonderful time in Des Moines.
I spent most of the day with Amanda, who is not a native Iowan. In fact, she's only recently moved to Des Moines, so we explored downtown together. We visited the capitol building...
and met the world's cutest Tator Tot.
We also a really excellent meal, and then, when it was too cold and dark to be outside...
we went to Amanda's house.
I met her dog, Einstein...and helped her unpack her Breyers. That almost felt like Christmas!
Eventually, Carol made it back from Davenport. I said goodbye to Amanda, and Carol and I checked in to the Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel in nearby Altoona.
There are no races in December, but this was still a very horsey destination.
had no view...
but lots of horse art. That suited me just fine.
We spent a little time in the casino, enjoyed the hot tub and even got a peek at the track. Both of us enjoyed our stay.
The next morning we got up and drove thirty five minutes north to Ames, Iowa.Ames is home to Iowa State University,
which is where we found the ISU Model Horse Show.
I caught up with Amanda again,
met lots of new people...
and ogled a lot of pretty horses.
Then it was back in the car.
We arrived just before dark. That gave us just enough time to visit the capitol building...
before meeting another hobbyist, Carra McClelland, for dinner.
Then it was early to bed and early to rise. We made a quick caffeine and cake stop before leaving Lincoln...
then it was drive, drive, drive...all the way back to Colorado!
This was a really fun four days. I don't care what anyone says, I like Iowa!