I didn't post anything last week because we drove across 2 1/2 states to see my son play lacrosse on his senior day. (2,072 miles there and back!) My youngest is just a month away from graduating from college - so we'll be doing it all again soon!
My husband and I both like road trips so we decided to take some extra time and meander across half of Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa. It was a very enjoyable trip. My husband is convinced we need to retire to northeast Iowa because it has great fishing for him. I love how he tries to convince me in the spring - not in the humid summer heat nor during the long gray winters. We took the Lincoln Highway going east which wanders through farmland and small towns - it was truly beautiful. We took in a few "touristy" things - the Field of Dreams, the Bridges of Madison County, Herbert Hoover's presidential library, the Dutch settlement of Pella. But the actual highlight of my trip were the Freedom Rocks. It's hard to explain - you really have to experience them. Each of the 99 counties has a giant rock that an artist has painted as a tribute to veterans, typically from that county, and their stories are included. Every war, every branch, POWs, MIAs, one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima, medal of honor recipients and so much more. We hadn't heard of them so missed quite a few on the drive east - but once we did figure it out, we went out of our way and managed to see about a dozen of them on our way home.
Stamps: Concord & 9th In Bloom and dies
Dies: Concord & 9th Birthday dies
Paper: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Balmy Blue, Memory Box Glossy Black
Ink: Stampin' Up Balmy Blue
Other: Honey Bee stamps Black Gem Stickers