Sunday, August 23, 2009

Can you believe it? We've been here for more than week. Time does fly - even in the Bachelor Pad. Surely it's time to finish up with the road trip.
This is what we saw at the point we calculated to be the halfway point. We were crossing Beaver Creek in Nebraska.
Just a few points of interest in Iowa - the World's Largest Truck Stop, a rest stop dedicated to quilt blocks, one of the many silos and a skyline view of Des Moines.And a few things from Illinois. We really loved the barns and silos all across the Midwest. We took note of the birthplace and hometown of Ronald Reagan. These museums were likely not dog friendly, but places to visit at another time. Another place to visit on another trip is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Perhaps we can combine this with a trip to Cooperstown. With both now in the same time zone, it's a trip we should be able to easily accomplish.
Our last stop before Massachusetts was Niagara Falls. We were so happy to learn that the park was dog friendly. Still some parts were not open to Harper. I cannot say that I am one bit disappointed that we did not see the view these folks got. Frankly, they just look miserable.We were able to enjoy many other views of the falls - all while staying perfectly dry.
It was quite an amazing trip. There's a lot of countryside out there to see.

20 comments:

Kim said...

You were only 112 miles away from Country Threads while in Iowa...that would have been worth the detour! Yes, we do have a beautiful country to explore.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Wow! I love all of the photos of the Falls! It one place that is on my "Must See" list.

BTW-I don't think that I would have liked the ferry boat ride either!

Have a good week!

Judy said...

That's right, you are in my time zone now so no more adding 3 hours! We had always planned to make a cross country trip one day to see our Uncle in CA and check out the sights. Maybe one day still...it looks very cool seeing all those different things.

NOPE, they do look rather miserable and I think I'd stick with the dry side of the falls too!

Barbara said...

I have to admit that I loved my trip to Niagra Falls. I was about 10 (am now 73) and we went thru the cave of the winds and the walk through the lower falls, and did the Maid of the Mist trip, Mom and Dad SAID they enjoyed them both, but I know all us kids did, we still talk about all these years later.

Karen said...

I saw a special program on television about the largest truck stop. It was quite interesting.

quiltmom said...

Libby,
You saw some very interesting places along your journey to your new home-
I have been down into the caves of the falls- you had to wear a rain slicker to stay dry but it was a very cool place to visit.
I hope that your husband's new job is working out well and that you and Harper are getting acclimatized to your new digs.
It is interesting to see the many places you passed through- lots of beautiful places to stop and explore.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Carin said...

That is the coolest rest stop ever!

WoolenSails said...

I can imagine crossing the country and all the beautiful things to see along the way. Now, I would have put the coordinates for every quilt and rug store along the way;)

Debbie

Guðrún said...

Lovely photos. I don´t envy those tourists on the boat, as you say they look miserable.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

It looks like you did take time to smell the flowers along the way, it is a great big wonderful country waiting to be explored at every turn! How's Harper like the Bachelor Pad? How much longer before you move for good??

Quilt Memories said...

I, too, enjoyed your journey with you.Just last year we covered most of the places you guys saw, what an exciting time for us also.We did not go to Niagara Falls, we ran out of time, that's on our to-do list. But you are so right, we have such a beautiful country, I have enjoyed all of it but the New England states, someday soon I hope to explore those. that is on my Bucket list..To see the last few states we haven't seen. I must admit we haven't been to Alaska or Hawaii, and I don't even count those....I will not fly nor ride on a big boat, and that would definitely be TOO long a walk LOL.

Loris said...

Awesome photos of Niagara! Thanks for sharing them. I'm hoping Massachusetts turns out to be a great adventure. New England is full of some wonderful places to see.

Carol said...

What an absolutely wonderful trip. And I'm with you..I would not have wanted to be on that fairy.

MARCIE said...

Great pics Libby. Are you looking for a house? How is that going?

Shakerwood Primitives said...

Now who'd have thunk there would be quilt blocks at a rest stop? Some people obviously have their priorities straight!

Seems like blogging is a fantastic way to record your cross-country trip.

Lori said...

You have covered a lot of ground and seen some beautiful places. Thanks for sharing your road trips with us.

Candace said...

Wow - I've been thru a lot of rest stops over the years, but never one dedicated to quilt blocks! How great, Libby!
Cheers!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Niagara falls is one of my favorite places to visit. WHen you go...be sure and hit the Salvation Army thrift shop on Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo....it is so worth the trip. With the things you collect... probably right down your alley. I love that place. Thanks for sharing your trip.... I am off to Pennsylvania again next month to see my mom. Hope I see some pretty foliage too!But it may be too early.

Sweet P said...

Thanks for sharing your trip. I've always wanted to drive across the country. Maybe someday I'll be able to convince DH to do it. How much longer do you have to live in the bachelor pad?

Rose Marie said...

From the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, DH and I have done all of the attractions in and around the Falls. Maid of the Mist was the best ever! The view of the Falls on the river is unbelievable. Our feet got wet, but since we were wearing flip flops ... no problem. We have gone on the boat twice now and each time .. jaw dropping beautiful!