|my cholesterol shrank from 255 to 205 this year, thank you very much|
They chalked their mark on the way out, notice how she signed.
Time to play Oregon Trail, the blacktop slithered for 4 miles through prairie grass towards the learning center. The raw grasses were only a few feet high this early in the season, but will soon touch 10 ft.
It was a Midwest monsoon that day, gray with 30 mph wind grinding the rain.
Wide eyed walking up to the center, we expected a modest shack, not a multi-million glass box that looked like it could hock iPads.
The center is free and offers all sorts of hands on for the kids. Plus history flicks and a walk-through tunnel where you can touch the buried layers that make up the prairie.
While they were sketching up keepsakes and playing guess that dead critter's pelt, I stared at old black and whites of what the land used to look like before man settled in.
Just as certain animals can disappear over time, so can plants go extinct if we're not careful. The center's researchers study the vegetation that grew on these plains back when Native Americans hunted bison. They then seed and plant old-school saplings to recreate what was mostly wiped out with the plow.
There's something about the wide open that tugs and makes me want to move out of the city towards quiet.
As we drew close to a couple dozen bison, I imagined chattering through on wooden wagon wheels 200 years ago, Pigtails asking to stop for a tinkle and bugging, "are we there yet?" The herd on those hills would be three thousand strong back then, elk too and maybe some Dickcissels flapping around.
Pigtails saw Jurassic Park for the first time recently, we were expecting the bull to lower his head and charge the
The rainy sky held us back from exploring on foot. We already want to go back this summer, set up picnic blankets and get lost in blowing grass. Look for more, we'll bring the camera again. Plus a donut cushion in case I get gored.
If you're passing through Iowa this summer and looking for something to do, send me a note and I'll offer up some ideas.