Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Cutting Edge - Day 3

Sundays always seem to come too soon.  We packed up and got an early start on our way back home.  First stop of the day...Le Claire, Iowa.  For those of you who watch American Pickers on the History Channel, this is their home base.  We stopped in this fabulous river town to find the American Pickers letterbox and add a couple of our hand-carved stamps to it.

We had to take some pictures at Antique Archaeology.  Sadly, they are not open on Sundays, so we didn't get to meet Mike, Frank or Danielle.

The mighty Mississippi is in the background.

Get out your X-acto knife.  Here's a stamp just waiting to be carved!

No, Mary.  This is not our backyard!  I think the Pickers might enjoy digging through our garage!

Le Claire has a neat Main Street with lots of eclectic shops.  The river always offers great photo ops.


Le Claire has recently come in to the spotlight due to the American Pickers, but it has another claim to fame.  "Buffalo Bill" Cody grew up here.


Scout Park, which was established in 1836 and offers great views of the Mississippi River, is a couple of block up a steep hill from where Buffalo Bill lived until he was 7 years old.

Continuing on our journey home, we wound our way through more picturesque country and river towns.  We enjoy taking the road less traveled.  It was a beautiful day and we were thrilled when we saw the temperature rise to 53 degrees!

Eagles were enjoying the beautiful day, too.

A short way after we passed fresh road-kill, we came across fish along the side of the road.  Surf-n-Turf must have been the special of the day at the Eagle Cafe.

A scary bridge brought us back into Illinois.  The bridge was narrow, you drive on a grated surface, and the side planks do not look like they would prevent anything from taking a swim.  Steve would tell you that most bridges scare me, but this one was a little more frightful than most, but not as much as others we have traversed.

We stopped in Galena, Illinois for a late lunch.  Surprisingly, we had never been to Galena.  We will be going back, as we did not have much time to explore the town.

We had lunch at Vinny Vanucchi's.  We will have to go back since the Love Dungeon was already taken by other diners.  Bummer!

As the day came to a close, Iowa treated us to a spectacular sunset.

After a fun weekend, we arrive safely home around 10:30 pm


Adam said...

I always wondered about this "Letter Boxing" you are always posting about. Sounds like a lot of fun. Great article by the way - pictures and all.


irishk said...

This is really interesting Zoma and such a cool activity for both of you to enjoy! I can't say that I completely 'get it' quite yet, but the pictures help to fill in a few blanks. Some day when I have you captured in person, I will pick your brain for a detailed Q/A session:-) Kathleen

Zoma said...

Adam - There are lots of letterboxes in California. If you guys want to try it out sometime, let me know and I can give you a couple of web address to find the clues.

Kathleen - We will give you a "private" lesson/field trip (probably with Mary) this summer. We already have some stamps carved to hide near Elk River. You and Mary can be our "guinea pigs" to see if the clues make sense! :-)