Thursday, August 6, 2009

An Iowa vacation????

OK~ This week started out with an outing with our boat on Clear Lake. Garrett wanted to dock the boat and visit The Muskie for lunch. This sounded like a great idea, BUT, this was Monday and once the boat was docked, tied, and set- we were informed, "We don't open until 4:30." Little problem, it was 12:45 p.m. This reminded me of a vacation we took several years ago. We embarked upon a week in Eastern Iowa around the Maquoketa Caves, Mississippi River, and over to the Iowa City area. Sounded like a great idea, right?
Well, the first thing we learned- the Iowa tourism book that our great state offers for free was of NO help! Many places were listed in this handy dandy book, but they were not accurate at all! We learned mighty fast that most places in Iowa were closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays! So, if you want to vacation in our great state, don't vacation during the first part of the week. Unfortunately, this is just one more reason to vacation out of state! On another note, a couple places we opted to visit, which did take some navigating to find- were CLOSED and/or OUT OF BUSINESS!
I wish I could say that we love to vacation and support our home state, but due to the fact that many venues are not open, Colorado looks like a more appealing place to spend a week in the Summer. Sorry, Iowa! It's too bad businesses can't be open for the summer tourist, especially when a lake or river helps support their business.
Just my thoughts. I will say if you have never visited the Herbert Hoover Library, it is well worth a visit. This library was one of the few sites open for tourists- and I must say, I was thankful for that! After all, it's all in a Mom's day, right?

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