Friday, May 17, 2013

Des Moines to Omaha

Short drive today since we were only going from Des Moines to Omaha.  It was a nice day for a road trip with partly cloudy to sunny skies all the way. 

We left our Motel this morning without our coffee so stopped along the way to fill our mugs.  The turn off was at Earlham, a small town just a few miles east of Des Moines.  On our way into town we saw an old farm silo just off the road, so on the way out we stopped to take a picture.  The view from the “leaving” town side was much more interesting.  Obviously  built in 1919.


On our way to Indianapolis we spotted a rest area that had a modern windmill blade on display.  It was on the north side of I-80 between Casey and Adair. 



The 148 foot, 23,000 pound blade is mounted outside the rest area building.  The inside has been redone with tile murals showing the wind turbine…..


…….and the use of the turbine production……


We arrived in the Omaha area with lots of spare time so took a little time to see the Union Pacific museum in Council Bluffs.  We had tried to see it before, but it had been closed on our earlier attempts.  The museum is in an old Carnegie library building and has nice displays of the history of the Union Pacific.



It even has a time machine where you can be transported back to the time period of the building of the transcontinental railroad.


Tonight, the Omaha Symphony at the Holland Performing Arts center.  Then tomorrow visit with grandchildren and then a short drive home.

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