These were taken at Standing Bear Lake in Omaha.
This tree with the shelf fungus is marked for removal due to emerald ash borer infestation. Unfortunately, we are seeing quite a bit of this, and it is still the early days of the borer being in Nebraska. We have so many ash trees in our parks that in a few year's time the landscape will look dramatically different without them.
We arrived in Des Moines too early to check into our hotel, so we stopped by the Science Museum.
It was more amusement park than museum, and you'd have to work pretty damn hard to learn anything on your visit. It was like a nursery with children running and screaming everywhere. The exhibits were all interactive, but lacking in explainations, etc. Good enough place to kill an hour, but on the expensive side for an unscientific science museum.
$20.00 admission to play with Leggo?! I think you can probably guess which one Danny made😁.
We were in Des Moines to see the Cub's AAA team the Iowa Cubs play at Principal Park. It was freezing, raining, and we both came home with severe food poisioning (I'll spare you the details of that) but it was all worth it because after the game Danny got one of the players he likes to sign a ball for him.
They need to update the mural...this guy isn't playing for the Cubs anymore. I'm wearing two pair of trousers, two shirts, a hoodie, and a ski jacket...and I was still cold. This has been the strangest spring.
In-between the downpours.
...and during a downpour.
We were behind the netting just to the right of home plate, but balls still managed to go over. I spent a good part of the evening ducking. Having had the experience of being hit in the face with a baseball, I'd rather not do it again. Besides, I'm rather fond of these specs and I wouldn't want them to meet the fate of the last pair that came in contact with a ball.
We took advantage of the hotel pool (heated!) and I tried out the swimsuit I bought in the sales two winters ago but never wore. I love it. For once I have a suit I can swim in without fear of my boobs falling out. Wish I'd tried it sooner-I'd have bought a spare. Everlast make such good gear-they aren't paying me to say that. I've gone through my share of leggings, hoodies, and shorts but the Everlast stand up through washings and wear. Name says it all. Good stuff. Not too expensive either.
We spent a good bit of the ride home in gas stations and rest stops. We also hit severe weather, so it was a bit of a challenging drive. Before leaving, the toilet in our hotel room started (literally) steaming. No, no, not a metaphor-it was broken, and there was boiling water rising from the bowl. Wish I'd realised that before sitting down! Add a burned bum to the memories of my visit to Des Moines. A week later, We're both still recovering from whatever bug we were sickened by, but it got me thinking that it turned out to be a very New Age spa weekend without trying. Got a bowel cleansing and my privates steamed for the effort. I feel like Gweneth Paltrow. It used to be you had to travel in the developing world for this sort of entertainment, now you can just spend a weekend in Iowa for the same experience. I've had dysentery-until last week I would have said nothing could ever be quite as horrible. My biggest fear is that as soon as the food poisioning started to lift the second wave was either some sort of ecoli from the poo(l) or norovirus from the museum full of kids reaching the end of the incubation period. Thanks, Iowa!
Okay, enough of that! Here's a sneak peek at the dress I bought a few months ago for this year's State Fair at the end of August. I couldn't resist trying it out, but now I'm wondering if I should wear it to the Wayne Chicken Show in July, and buy something new for the fair?
I haven't even started thinking about my hat yet!
Next time I'll get caught up with some of the interesting things I wore in April, and what I will be canning/bottling for the fair this year ( strawberry jam, possibly pickled green tomatoes). I hope spring is treating you well. Don't eat at the ballpark, kids.