Christmas Trip to Iowa

Laurie’s Mom was having some serious surgery a few days before Christmas so we hopped on a plane to Iowa. We spent 7 days up there and thankfully the surgery went well. We had to get up at 2am to catch our flight at Midland airport. It is a 2.5 hour drive from Alpine. Once we reached DFW airport we had a 3 hour layover before our connecting flight took off. That gave us time to meet my Daughter Ashley at the airport for a while. We had a nice visit and off we went again. The weather was below zero when we arrived.

Several inches of snow and below zero temperatures greeted us when we arrived.
The snow was beautiful

Her parents were great hosts and showed us around town. Laurie hadn’t been back in several years and of course this was my first visit, so there was a lot to see for the both of us.

La Mars, Iowa is home to Blue Bunny Ice Cream which is evident all over town.
These ice cream cones are all over town. This one is in a park and if you look in the background is a community built playground like the one I founded in Rowlett.
What a surprise when I saw this. We had built one in Rowlett about 15 years ago.
Lots of older beautiful homes around town.
This is the Plymouth County museum which used to be a High School where Laurie’s parents attended.
This is a fascinating nativity exhibit with hundreds of different nativity scenes from all over the world
This is an old restaurant re-created in the museum.
Being a farm town they had a lot of old tractors on display



The museum was great. Lots of things to see and certainly amazing for a town of around 10,000 people.

Another interesting place we went was this Diner in Kingsley, Iowa


On the wall in the back were old records…many I recognized and once owned!!
We had a great time visiting, shoveling snow, and seeing the sights. Got to meet all the family and spend some time with them. Best of all the surgery went well for her Mom.

We were dropped off at the airport Christmas Eve to head back but our flight was delayed because of fog. So one more night at her parents house. We ended up getting another flight out Christmas Day. We arrived in Midland around 9pm and drove 2.5 hours back home.