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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- Happy National Trails day 2023!04.04.23 : Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads… In order to get to Mariscal Canyon, one of the most remote areas of the park, we had to drive 29 miles each way on “primitive dirt roads. Our big red truck opened up tons of new experiences in Big Bend.04.03.23 : Views from the top. We hiked the 10-mile round trip from Chisos Basin to the top of Emory Peak, the highest point in Big Bend. First pic is looking south over the South Rim toward Mexico, second one is looking north into Chisos Basin with Casa Grande Peak at the right.04.03.23 : Looking out through the V-shaped “Window” of Chisos Basin. We were on our way to the summit of Emory Peak along the Pinnacles Trail.04.03.23 : More sunrise scenes from our shipping container home Airbnb in Terlingua.04.03.23 : Waking up to sunrise over the Chisos Mountains and also my favorite desert plant, the ocotillo.
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