I was visiting my brother, his family and our mother this past weekend and earlier this week. They live in Ames, Iowa, the college town around Iowa State University. When planning these visits, I try to avoid weekends with football home games or other large-draw events. These events tie up traffic, overflow restaurants and jack up hotel rates.
When I made my reservations, the hotel rates were higher than I expected they would be. We couldn’t find any events, other than a Gordon Lightfoot concert and a women’s volleyball game. On the way to pick up mom for dinner, we stopped so I could check into my hotel. There, the mystery was solved:
“I’m not sure if this changes our dinner plans, but the hotel clerk asked me if I am here for parents’ weekend.”
We drove by a few of the restaurants on our list and they were packed to the curbs.
Every place, large, small, local, chains, they were all packed.
This place is always crowded, but never like this. They waited to pick up a take-out order.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday meals consisted of takeout from some of those restaurants. Even takeout required a wait, but the result was good food, great conversation and time spent with loved ones.
One-liner Wednesday is a weekly challenge brought to us by Linda G. Hill. They gallery below includes some photos from a drive through Ames while in search of doors.
In 1969, my brother, who was in ROTC at the time, was assigned to guard that flag pole.
If it wasn’t so foggy, you could see a gap in the structure at the top of these dormitories. The buildings look like suitcases.
Jack Thrice Stadium – a little foggy.
We pulled into a stadium overflow parking lot to take pictures. If you have football fans, you need these.
We were off to a foggy start but some colors still popped.
Iowa seems to be a little bit ahead of the east coast with respect to fall color.
Original water tower, more than 100 years old.
This is the view outside my hotel window. Hey, it’s Iowa.
Nice little fall garden display.
This is/was the Nuclear Engineering building. Looks a little shabby.
Sweeney Hall – Chemical Engineering and corn??
Fall colors, fog and a crane. Yeah, I had to include this one.
The park was mostly still green, except for this bright shining tree.
If I were a kid again, I’d be all over that firetruck in the playground.
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