Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bridges of Madison County, Winterset, Iowa

This past week, Al and I went on a mini vacation to Iowa.  This is the first time, since we had kids (24 years ago), that we went somewhere alone.  We just chose to do everything together as a family.   We also have always had animals and so it is hard to get away.  Thanks to Justine and Josh, who stayed here at our farm, we could go.  

It's the 20th year anniversary of the movie "The Bridges of Madison County, Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.  Madison County, Iowa - has several covered bridges.  When we planned our trip, I wanted to make sure we saw some of these.  The town is Winterset, Iowa.  What a beautiful historic town.  

One of the scenes from the movie was in the Northside Cafe.  





Here is the counter from the movie and the 4th stool where Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) sat.  I had to sit there too and we enjoyed a root beer float.



This cafe is a hot spot for political candidates to appear.  While enjoying our root beer float, they mentioned that Mike Huckabee was in the next room - well, of course we had to peek in...




Winterset, Iowa is also the birthplace of John Wayne, The Duke.  We toured the home and museum.




No pictures were allowed - with exception to the photo opportunity area...I had to...

Now off to find the bridges.  




Here I am at the spot where Francesca left Robert a note inviting him to come for supper.



The inside of the bridge was covered with messages written on the boards - some very moving....this one is the best line from the movie.

We also attended the Iowa State fair - which was on our "bucket list."  We had tickets to see one of my favorite bands, Casting Crowns.  Their song "I will praise you in this storm" was my anthem when Anna was in treatment.  The concert was amazing.  

These empty nesters had so much fun.


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