See: Iowa State Capitol (It’s the only five-domed capitol in the country – with a central dome modeled after the Invalides in Paris. We opted for the self-guided tour, although longer guided tours are available free of charge. Note: the Library is not to be missed)
See: Des Moines Art Center (expansive permanent collection of modern art in addition to touring exhibitions – currently Ghanaian artist El Anatsui’s large format art installations)
Do: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (domed conservatory – new outdoor gardens will open in Summer 2014)
Drink: Exile Brewing Company (recently opened brewery in the downtown area)
Drink: El Bait Shop (a beer drinker’s paradise – 100 beers on tap and over 120 in bottles!)
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- 04.15.22 : “Are you looking at my butt?” We interrupted this moose mid-snack at Cub Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.04.14.22 : Conditions weren’t ideal for night photography, but managed to get a few decent shots from the comfort of our our cabin deck.04.14.22 : Bits of sunshine highlighted Hallett Peak as we walked across frozen Bear Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park.04.14.22 : Looking across Moraine Park toward the continental divide from Bear Lake Road.04.14.22 : After three miles and 1,000 feet up through fresh snow, we reached Loch Vale. At first visibility was terrible, but as we spent some time around the lake the snow cleared just enough to reveal the surrounding mountains.04.14.22 : Lonesome hiker. Probably my favorite photo from the hike to Loch Vale. Approaching the lake, the winter trail follows the path of a frozen stream that lies somewhere below the snow.