|Bob on pedestrian bridge over Des Moines River|
|Principal Park where the Iowa Cubs farm team plays|
|A pretty fountain outside Principal Park|
|Trees piled up against bridge supports|
|Recreational trail bridge over Gray's Lake|
|View of downtown with lake in the foreground|
|Downtown from ML King, Jr. Parkway bridge|
|Downtown Des Moines, IA|
|Polk County Courthouse|
|One of 28 grotesques...Is it the architect?|
|More building detail|
We then headed back to the car along the recreational trail. Our next destination: the Iowa Capitol. We plan to take a tour. Because our feet were tired from the 11K walk, we drove to the Visitor Center parking for the capital. As we walked in the door of the Capitol, a tour was just starting. We had a gentleman from Toronto, a lady from Cedar Rapids, WI and the two of us.
Here are pictures from our tour along with commentary:
The second photo of the Rotunda dome below is a close-up showing the emblem of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). The emblem, painted on canvas and suspended on wire, was placed there as a reminder of Iowa's efforts to preserve the Union during the Civil War. A painted sky with clouds was added to the interior during recent Capitol renovations.
|The Rotunda dome.|
|Emblem of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)|
|Dolls depicting Iowa's first ladies in their inaugural gowns|
are on display near the Governor's Office.
|Chandelier in Governor's Reception Room|
|The walls of the Reception Room - marble and wallpaper|
|At the base of the dome, statues covered in gold leaf, |
and eight half-moon-shaped paintings called lunettes
tell the story of "The Progress of Civilization."
Above the Grand Stairway, you will see Westward, a mural painting covering the entire wall by Edwin H. Blashfield of New York. The mural symbolizes the pioneers' arrival in Iowa.
Above Westward in arched panels, are six mosaics made of small pieces of glass tile. Bob thinks he remembers that there are 400,000 pieces of tile in the mosaics, each one hand-pressed into place.
|The six mosaics symbolize Defense, Charities, the |
Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of Iowa,
|One of the six mosaics up close.|
Next our guide took us into The State Library of Iowa--Law Library. It is awesome and contains over 100,000 volumes. There is no elevator, so the books are moved up and down on a dumbwaiter. There are two circular staircases of iron grillwork in the library.
|Here we are on a circular staircase.|
|From the bottom looking up.|
|Impressive and ornate - notice lunettes and statues|
|House of Representatives|
|Again, notice lunettes and statues above columns.|
|Marble and granite Grand Stairway and tile floors.|
After our Volksmarch, then tour of the Capitol, we went to the 5er, showered, packed and headed to Wisconsin. U.S. Hwy. 151 is a great road, but we had a major misconception about the two states...we thought they were flat. NOT!! We went up and down rolling hills all day. We are so thrilled to be where it's green again.
|John Deere country|
|Beautiful green rolling hills|
|Rolling downhill to Dubuque, Iowa|
|Cross the mighty Mississippi and, voila!, we're in Wisconsin.|
The campground is on a beautiful lake. Most of the sites are seasonal residents who have added permanent additions onto their trailers. We told him we wanted to do laundry and he put us in a site way back over yonder in the campground close to the laundry facility. It was unlevel but not bad enough to unhook and level.
The laundry room had three washers and four dryers. One of the washers had coins jammed in it, so we could only use two. We had four loads of laundry to do. All went well until it was time to dry the clothes. One of the dryers was full of dog hair. Scratch that one. The dryers I used didn't get hot, so I ended up running the dryers through two cycles (1-1/2 hours) to get the clothes dry. After that I wrote my blogs and headed for bed.
Travel Bug out.