My best friend/sister from another mister (Deanne) and her sister (Amanda) picked me up on Friday and we drove the six hours to Burlington, Iowa, a small town just across the Mississippi from Illinois. Deanne's entire family lives in Burlington - aunts, uncles, and both sets of grandparents. We stopped at her grandparents' house on her dad's side (the Landes clan) and then went to visit the Martins, her mom's parents. After I spent the entire day at camp and made a six hour drive, I was exhausted and we basically went to sleep when we got back to her other grandparents' house.
Saturday we were all up bright and early to get ready for a canoeing trip down the Skunk River. We went out to her grandparents' farm in West Point (about 25 minutes away from their house in town), loaded the canoe into the truck, and took it down to the river.
|Cohen's grandpa and I trying to lower the canoe down the embankment so we could get it in the river.|
The rest of the day was spent playing with puppies on the farm and exploring Deanne's grandpa's "workshop." His workshop is a huge two-story warehouse filled to the brim with old machines, cars, tractors, tools, and practically anything else you can think of.
|Exploring the workshop/warehouse.|
Saturday evening was filled with a historic tour of downtown Burlington including a beautiful view of the Mississippi and exploring Snake Alley and Crapo Park. Back at the house, we ate popcorn, watched movies, and spent time with Deanne's family.
|The view of the Mississippi River in downtown Burlington.|