|We decided that we wanted to get a lot of the early cross-country miles behind us so the first couple of days were long ones, mileage wise. We saw scenes like this forever.|
|On day two we discovered Culver's in Iowa. All I can say is "yum". You know when you've ordered something called a Butter Burger and fried cheese curds as your side item for lunch that it's not going to be good for you; but, I assure you, it was a delicious treat. My waistline is very glad that we don't live in the midwest; my tastebuds are in total disagreement.|
|We were in the St. Cloud, MN area shortly after lunch that day and this was my first quilt shop stop. Gruber's was amazing, the statement over the door is not an exaggeration. This one is truly a destination shop. Entering through a lobby area these doors greet you straight ahead; the lobby is filled with small tables and chairs for sitting and eating, the shop operates a cafe off to the right of the lobby offering a menu of soups, sandwiches and pastries. Imagine; shopping heaven with food! This shop also offers an overnight, fully equipped retreat center on the top level of a separate building across the parking lot.|
I was overwhelmed, you can't say I hadn't been warned. Being in that state inhibits my shopping ability... I left with only a small bag containing a few fat quarters and a pattern. I was going to have to develop a better strategy for future quilt shop stops!
|This was the second of the sculptures, it was worth the detour!|
Theodore Roosevelet National Park is a treasure! I had never really heard of it before we began our trip planning and wondered what we'd find to explore in North Dakota. The wildlife is varied and beautiful. There are amazing vistas, too, of the Little Missouri River. I was captivated by the roaming herds of feral horses.
|We were treated to some up-close (to the car) Bison as well.|