Sauntering, Our travels around the country
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April 25, 2006
Camped at Nauvoo State Park in Illinois. Torrential downpour during the night but the tent held tight. Only all the stuff we'd left out and in the case on top of the car that we didn't close got wet.
Nauvoo is the last Eastern outpost for the Mormons. It was from here that they made their way to Utah.
Taking the car ferry across the Mississippi from Illinois to Canton, Missouri just to say we did. It's run by a local farm co-op and cost $5 for a one-way trip.
One stop shopping.
What's this house's story?
So we're zipping along a road in Illinois? Indiana? Iowa? (one of those I-states) and Terry says, "Hey did you see those pigs?" Heather replies, "I've never seen pigs up close." "Really!!" says Terry as he slams on the breaks and prepares to turn around. There was a farm on the other side of the road from the pigs and a farmer had just come outside. Terry drove up to him and asked if the pigs were his.
"Yep," said the farmer.
"Would you mind if we went to take a look at them?" asked Terry.
The farmer scratches his head and says, "No, I guess."
"My wife just said she'd never seen a pig up close before," explained Terry.
"Really!!" exclaimed the farmer. "Where are you from?"
"Phoenix, Arizona," answered Heather.
That seemed to make sense to the farmer so across the road we went. He suggested that we not try to pet them....we didn't.
So, we continue down the road in whichever I-state we were in when Heather is snapped out of reverie when Terry yells, "Oh my gosh!" and slams on the brakes. He'd spotted a little puppy in a ditch by the side of the road. We turned around, Terry opened the door and called the puppy to him. The tiny ball of fur came running toward him. Terry picked him up and looked around. There was a farm across the road and down a little ways. We pulled in there and a mother-looking dog came running out barking. When the puppy heard her he whimpered. Terry knocked on the door but there was no answer. He put the puppy down and he/she went running to the mom dog. She took him across the yard behind and little shed. A few seconds later she came out with about 4 puppies trailing her including a twin to the one Terry rescued. Looks like we'd found his/her home. Too bad...we'd seriously considered keeping him/her
More intriguing small red print in our road atlas found us off our path and in Riverside, Iowa, the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. Hallowed ground for Star Trek fans! They host a festival every summer and William Shatner has been there twice.