Touring Central Iowa
The Hi Vee, Altoona, Iowa
The Freedom Rock, Greenfield, Iowa
Hickory Park Restaurant, Ames, Iowa
Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa
The Freedom Rock, Bondurant, Iowa
Our final day of touring in Iowa was on August 16, 2013. We enjoyed the best of Central Iowa with our USS Ranger Friends. The Pittsburg People had to return home and we were looking forward to visiting our Son and His Family in Saint Louis, Missouri.
|Enjoying Breakfast at the Hi Vee Food Store in Altoona, Iowa.|
This food chain is employee owned and the service
|Our next stop was the Hickory Park Restaurant in Ames, Iowa.|
This facility near the Iowa Cyclones Campus has become
an Ames Tradition since it was founded in 1970.
|I believe this picture was taken as we eagerly awaited our Blue Bunny|
Ice Cream. Blue Bunny Ice Cream is produced in a small town of La Mars in
Northwest Iowa. They claim that more Ice Cream is made there than
any other location on the Planet.
|After a wonderful Lunch we journeyed to Reiman Gardens which is|
a sixteen acre garden near the Jack Trice Football Stadium.
|These gardens have an annual theme. For 2013 it was sculpture|
produced by Iowa University Students. Of course we all
enjoyed the Gardens and have several interesting pictures
taken of our interaction with the sculptures.
|Of course Ranger Sailors had to get in on the scene. Here|
we make our own human sculpture.
|The Ranger Boys Take A Break!!!!|
|This Blog Editor takes a moment to pose on a Rock at|
|The Rangerman from Pittsburg with His Bride near a Bunny.|
|A sign near one of the Student produced sculptures|
|Rest Time from our Walking at Reiman Gardens.|
|Even the girls got in on the fun!!!|
|The Bondurant, Iowa Freedom Rock also painted by|
Bubba Sorensen. Bubba is currently painting a "Freedom Rock"
in each of the 99 counties of Iowa.
The 2013 Annual Visit to Iowa was very special because I was able to participate in a Mini-Ranger Reunion with two great Shipmates who served in this great Attack Aircraft Carrier affectionately known as "The Top Gun of the Pacific Fleet."
Again, and I know I repeat myself, I am very proud of my Home State - Iowa!!!