These are a lovely group of plants in a median, of all places. Very colorful, and the only redeeming part of this awful heat in my opinion.

A bunch of different flowering plants in the median between two lanes of traffic

Look, ma! Another one!

We chose to stay at another, similar hotel. It’s clean, it’s expected…except for the bit when we unlocked “our” room only to find it wasn’t ous at all, but already occupied. Surprise!

A red throw on an olive green bedsheet
Red Bed


Walking down the sidewalk in wilting heat this afternoon (why, oh why did I agree to that?) I spotted a shell in the sidewalk. I believe this is not an unusual thing, depending on what kind of cement is used, or where it’s made. It was lovely. Enjoy a bit of a Where’s Waldo moment trying to find it, if you like.

Cement sidewalk with seashells and rocks embedded in it


Ask me to tell you a story some day, and I’ll tell you about a puppy hidden in a half-built house, a family who built their house from scrach, and a dead tree stump named Mama.

A valley between rolling hills, a farmhouse on one side and a home built into the hill on the other

Ditch Weeds

I don’t notice these weeds in any other place than Iowa. I remember them and clover everywhere growing up, so of course I grabbed a photo.

A white-blossomed weed growing in a ditch in the countryside of Iowa

Driving Done

We accomplished our driving goals today and are ready for a few days of rest in the form of visiting family. This was at one of our stops.

A blackened with time angel atop a gravestone.
Dark Angel


Finding a hotel is hard! Finding a hotel with available rooms is harder. We stopped at three places before booking a room online two and a half hours up the road. It worked out eventually, and progress is good. Regular posting will resume whenever.

An olive green throw on top of white sheets