Mainstay Suites Cedar Rapids
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... of the day we've just been hanging around and starting to get some stuff together for our departure tomorrow.
The most productive I've been all day is I made a pair of earrings. I've been wanting to try to make some jewelry and so since we really aren't super busy, thought I'd give it a try. They don't look too bad, so I'll probably try some more.
The rest of the day, just lazying about. If ...
... the sidewalks. We ate dinner there, but not in an Amish restaurant. In fact there is no Amish restaurant in Kalona. There are several bakeries and Amish groceries in the area along with the usual, furniture makers, etc. They have a historical museum which consist of some of the old buildings and show the Amish/Mennonite way of life. While we were eating, I saw several Amish folks coming out of the bank and also some Mennonites. The difference was the Mennonites ...
... the high levee built in 1955 to create the reservoir and thus Coralville Lake. We had to drive across the spill way to get to the campground area. We are right on the Iowa River. In 1993 and 2008 IA had so much rain that the lake flooded and spilled over the spill way and flooded the campground. Luckily it hasn't rained that much while we have been here.
Again tonight we sat around the campfire with our new friends. They will all ...
... sausages etc.
After spending about 6 hours here (in a 2
hour parking zone taking up nearly 2 spaces) -but the Sheriff did wave
to us - e moved on to the Amana colonies where the only available
camping place was a commercial one but rather cheaper than most as it
was only $34 and surprise, we got a 50% discount with our Passport
America card. It was really huge but nice.
Day 52. Thursday 16 July ...
... the brief time we are all together here. They tried to teach me how to play uker today. Uker is a card game that the kids I went to high school with tried to teach me 50 years ago. I didn't pick it up then and I didn't pick it up today.
Now it's time to get ready for bed. Bob did the dishes while I wrote this, now we're both finished. Hope you all have a great day tomorrow and I will try to have something more interesting and some pictures tomorrow night.