Monday, July 07, 2008

Fourth of July

Wow, we really had to get out of town for the 4th. But we didn't want to spend much time on the road, so the logical choice was Iowa City: home of the University of Iowa with a bustling downtown that begged for lots of walks with Laurel in the stroller. It was great to be pedestrians again - I am decidedly out of shape taking the car everywhere these days! The first photo is of the original state house before it was moved to Des Moines - and I just liked this tree on campus.
We had a great picnic at the Amana Colonies (a former German religious settlement) and then ended the 4th with a bang at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. What a man! He received a bad rap for being president in 1929, but he was an amazing humanitarian - he started the organization that became CARE and his wife is credited with starting the Girl Scout Cookie fundraising drive. (Yum, Samoas....) That's us in front of a recreation of his suite at the Waldorf and Luke on a fishing trip with the great man himself.

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