There and Back Again, a Jo’s Tale

Sunday seems like the perfect day for a trip. Not that we planned a trip. We were just running to Red Oak to get screws for the front porch light, closures for the sink cabinet doors, ranitidine, and some milk.

It was a sunny day

It was a sunny day

But while we were buying milk a cupcake called to us. It said, “Buy me. Take me to the park. Eat me.”
So we did.

The chocolate addiction cupcake

The chocolate addiction cupcake

The park in Red Oak had a huge, huge shelter that the phone was unable to really do justice to.

Huge.

Huge.

After we shared the talkative chocolate cupcake we decided to run to Sam’s Club for other necessities, including the ranitidine which cost an ungodly fortune at hy-vee. The nearest Sam’s to us is in Council Bluffs, as far as I know, and Council Bluffs is not that far from Red Oak. At least if you don’t take the scenic route, which we did.

Pretty

Pretty

There's even a bird flying in this one

There’s even a bird flying in this one

Meaning we detoured to Glenwood because hubby has never been there. What’s in Glenwood, you ask? Well there’s a nice park with a cool owl tree.

Hoot! Hoot!

Hoot! Hoot!

There’s a cute Asian place.

I want to eat here!

I want to eat here!

And there is a…

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From the side

From the side

I can't imagine living in one of these...

I can’t imagine living in one of these…

You can click this to make it bigger so you can read it

You can click this to make it bigger so you can read it

Pretty grass

Pretty grass

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Behind it is a bridge that looks ready to cave in.

Care to cross this?

Care to cross this?

The creek it spans

The creek it spans

Last chance...

Last chance…

Despite the invitation, I only took a few steps then turned back. Hubby made it to the spot with no railing before he came to his senses and we got back in the car.

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When we got to Council Bluffs, Sam’s club was already closed (that’s what happens when you stop to look at Earth Lodges), so we ended up just going to the huge, huge Walmart. Where Halloween items are out.

Gwahaha! I will eat your soul!

Gwahaha! I will eat your soul!

Notice the thin girls version had a short about a foot shorter

Notice the thin girls version had a short about a foot shorter

Crazy skeleton

Crazy skeleton

Okay, I kind of want it

Okay, I kind of want it

We purchased our ranitidine that, once you figure in the cost of gas, was now just as expensive as the hy-vee version, and left to find the sun setting.

Pretty

Pretty

With our shopping done, we backtracked to something we’d passed on our backwoods way to the store.

Hmmmmm

Hmmmmm

Train

Train

Another train

Another train

Of course it was closed but I have looked it up – http://www.thehistoricalsociety.org/Depot.htm – and we’re going to have to visit it sometime, especially since hubby loves model trains.
We cruised around a few blocks and saw some interesting buildings.

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One huge puddle. Should we showed up and drive through it?

One huge puddle. Should we showed up and drive through it?

Of course we should! (That is the water spray on the right)

Of course we should! (That is the water spray on the right)

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cool fountain

cool fountain

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very cool building

very cool building

My phone did pretty good in the low light, thanks to that HDR update, but it could only do so much, so we headed the hour plus home where we used a hot plate borrowed from dad to make some tasty, tasty potstickers and rice.

Yumminess on a plate

Yumminess on a plate

And thus concludes our exciting adventure, and though we did not vanquish a dragon, on our return we did not need to argue with the Sackville-Bagginses to get our silver back. Lol! So it all worked out.
Have a good one!
Jo 🙂

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About Joleene Naylor

An independent author, freelance artist, and photographer for fun who loves anime, music, and writing. Check out my vampire series Amaranthine at http://JoleeneNaylor.com or drop me a line at Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com

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