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... to a local restaurant for dinner....mexican. Woke early this morning and used Yelp to find a local owned coffee house, Reid's Beans. They hooked me up with a large carafe of coffee and two poached eggs over salmon over goat cheese on sourdough bread. Loved it. She inquired about my plans for the day. Hoover being the one and only tourist destination, she quickly informed me that we owe the standardization of light ...
Amana Colonies is one of America's longest-lived communal societies beginning in 1714 in Germany and continues today here on the Iowa prairie. First settleing near Buffalo, NY in 1843-44 they needed more farmland and in 1855 move to Iowa. They called their village "Bleigtreu" or "remain faithful". Then the leaders chose the name "Amana" from the Song of Solomon 4:8. There are 6 villages within ...
... We passed through many little towns with grand names like Marseilles, Ottawa, Peru and Sheffield. With populations of 1015, 970 or similar. Each carried a little epithet like “Sheffield – spend a day, stay for life.” Not sure whether that was an invitation or a threat. And, Annawan, “Home of Brandon Jones, 2nd place in State U17 Long Jump 2009.” Little town America – a bit shabby I have to ...
... weather forecast is not too good as storms are predicted along our path.
Our destination is Amana Colonies in Amana, IA. This is an historic German town that we stopped briefly on our trip to Alaska in 2012. The town closes up at 5:00 pm so we decided to come back and stay a few nights to check it out. More tomorrow on our venture into town.
I have included a short video of what we see as we head down the road. Enjoy.
We enjoyed our stay here, although the days were hot, humid and lazy, but quietly relaxing. One of my favorite pastimes was watching Fox try to catch a ground squirrel. Just like the corn fields, where ever you look, you see these little varmints. The holes to their burrows are everywhere, about the size of a golf ball and hidden in the grass. ...