Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Saturday, September 3rd - It was cloudy in the morning and after we got on the road the rain came down so hard that we could not get out to take photos of the Youngville Station and Cafe in Watkins, Iowa.

Youngville Station and Cafe was an excellent example of restoration. It was listed on the National Register in 2007. The town of Youngville does not exist, only a nice name, fitting for this 1931 rural station on Lincoln Highway. It was drizzling when we got to Belle Plaine.

It was already 10:30 am and perfect time to stop at Lincoln Cafe for breakfast. Everyone looked up and smiled at us when we walked in. They probably watched us taking photos outside. Or the way my husband kept moving his Mustang to get in the exact good parking spot, away from the puddle.

The small dining room at Lincoln Cafe was cozy and so welcome. The server was so kind to explain to us about all the murals around town. We joined in when a table next to us talked about the Iowa v. Illinois football game that night.

There were a lot of street improvement as Belle Plaine was getting ready for its Centennial celebration in 2012.

I did not take photos of all the murals around town. I thought the above 3-D was special and interesting.

After watching the train went by at a nearby depot, we were back on the road.

(Saturday, October 1st - This is the first weekend that we have no scheduled activities. We were out of town the first three weekends in September. It is nice just to relax and do nothing, well almost nothing. It is sunny and in the upper 50's so we decided to steamed clean the carpet in the kitchen and the family room. The other rooms will be cleaned in the Spring.)

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