Thursday, April 28, 2011
Day 3 - More Midwest
We were on I-90 going East but decided to switch to I-80. Instead of going straight down to 80 from Sioux city to Omaha, we chose to drive on a side road 141. We wanted to see more of the country and that we did.
We went through several cities on this highway but the one that took our hearts was Mapleton. We had just gone through Smithland where people were tearing up the streets and doing all kinds of road construction. As we drove into Mapleton I noticed that this town was also doing construction. People were everywhere working on the buildings on main street. I then noticed that one big building looked like it had recently burned.
The next town we stopped in was Denison. I told my husband that we needed to venture out and do something we never do....eat someplace different. I said we needed to do our own version of Diners, Drive-in's, and Dives. So we chose Denison as our town to eat lunch. I had heard Rachael Ray say to ask the locals where they like to eat...so we did. The funny thing is, the man my husband asked was actually from our old hometown in Roseville, CA. He had moved to Denison to take care of his mother and stayed. He told us about a place called Cronks...which happened to be right next door to where we were. So that is where we ate. I had a Black Russian sandwich (hamburger on black bread with swiss cheese and grilled onions) - yummy! My husband didn't venture as far. He had his favorite, a Ruben. Both were delicious. I am sure we will try this again. It is fun being adventuresome but sometimes old dogs have a really hard time changing!
So our destination for today was to go to Perry, IA and then on to Des Moines for the night. I wanted to do some genealogy work on this trip. I brought my laptop with my family information and discovered that my great great grandmother Phoebe Smith died and was buried in or near Perry, Iowa. Since we were going right by there, I had to stop and see if I could find her grave. This school house was seen on the way...kind of fun old place.
Anyway, we asked a lady how to get to the cemetery as we could not find any record of where it was located. She led us to the main big cemetery in town but that was not the one we were looking for. I was hunting for Valley View Cemetery. My daughter tried to help but the coordinates she gave me wouldn't work right for the GPS. I then called the Family History Center back home and got more information....in fact, I got the exact location. How excited I was to find this beautiful little old cemetery.