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The excitement had been building for this trip, and we are finally on the road! We left home around 7:15 after eating some homeade pizza, chicken and cheese wraps, finished off yogurts and strawberries. Basically we cleaned out the fridge! We are fully loaded with the mini van and hauling "Jake's trailer", a ...
... of Mason CIty, to visit the Manly Railroad Museum. It is just getting on its feet and has a fairly impressive collection of old photos from the early 1900's of the trains that worked this area, primarily Rock Island, but also UP, Chicago Northwestern and some Burlington. The model railroad club in Mason City is currently developing a concept to relocate a model train layout to the museum space that was donated from the estate of a local ...
... were in the instrumentation phase, which they explained to me as the process of inserting the screws(4) and rods(2) into her spinal column for stability during the healing process following the fusion of several vertebrae. At 1:10 PM they called to say they were almost finished and she would be going to recovery (where I could not accompany her).
Finally, at 4:30 PM, they wheeled her into her private room and it was great to see ...
... MO minus Boxcar Willie. But the crane place is marvelous. The Jaeck's have several pairs of sand cranes living in the wetlands behind them, great to see them swoop in with that 6 foot wing span. Sadie did not know what to think.
The ICF has a pair of Whooping Cranes. Very endangered. Almost as much as the Republican Party in a Union meeting of Federal Employees. But these guys ...
... pictures of farms, corn, soybean and wind fields. I was not even tempted. WI was at least rolling farmland, MN is flat!
Lucky we did not fall asleep, which was only due to the concrete highway. Thump, thump, thump. Tomorrow we will drive through town to see the Corn Palace and head to the Bad Lands National Park. And then the FUN begins ...
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