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2019 West Again, Iowa, Road Trip, States

There are days when our seat of our pants method of trip planning hits a snag or two. This morning we left Camp Faribo, Faribault, MN intending to visit the Meredith Willson Museum in Mason City, Iowa but enroute we discovered that the site is closed on Mondays. Plan B was to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House but tours are only in the morning on Mondays and we were too late for the 11AM tour. With that we decided to just head to the county park we’d picked out for our overnight stay. When we arrived it looked like a ghost town, dozens of big rigs tightly packed but only one or two live people. No reservations accepted so apparently the local habit is to park the RV and pay ahead to assure a spot for the holiday weekend. We moved on and were thrilled when we arrived at Beeds Lake State Park. Although most sites were reserved beginning on the 3rd, we found ourselves a nice back in spot, Site 69, hobnobbed with friendly folk, and enjoyed a sunset stroll for our first look at the spillway, one of the most photographed in the country. It was evident though this 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps dam would photograph better in morning light so we promised ourselves to return this morning. If the trail weren’t closed due to recent heavy rains, we’d be able to see it from different angles but nonetheless we’re counting ourselves lucky to be able to enjoy this Iowa treasure!

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