This state park near Forest City is the second highest location in the state of Iowa. The property was obtained in 1921 and in the early 30’s the Civilian Conservation Corps built the observation tower.
Becky, Reed, Telly, Hazel and I had a picnic there today and hiked to the tower with the dogs on a double leash leading the way. When we were kids the tower was surrounded by trees but several years ago they cut them all down leaving it look quite bare.
As kids we would run up the steps to the top – at that time the steps were wood. Here they are today.
I don’t like heights but I did go up so I could take these pictures.
When we first arrived at the park we had a picnic compliments of Becky.
After visiting the tower we went on to the amphitheater also built by the CCC. I attended a wedding here and it’s just a magical place.
What a glorious park!
Yesterday was the baby shower at church and an explanation is needed here. The couple’s young nieces began referring to the “baby” as pineapple so Welcome, Baby Pineapple was the theme. I used pineapple fabric by Art Gallery for the back of the quilt and took a fresh pineapple cradled in my arms.
I told her to cut off the pineapple top and plant it like Reed and I did last summer. Look at it today!
I took a few pictures in the barn today at chores.
The hen in this nest has been insisting on setting for a few weeks so I gave her two plastic eggs to sit on till she gets over it. I don’t need any more roosters hatching.
Here’s a place a few hens lay eggs every day – on top of a bale of bedding!
And Hazel is on mouse watch in the feed room!
Oh my gosh for leaves in the yard!
One final gorgeous fall picture.