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And The Other Shoe Drops

  Muscatine, Iowa is an old river town along the Mississippi, settled by white folks in 1837.  Iowa State University operated an experimental farm here, and the area is widely known for producing some of the most delicious watermelons and cantaloupes in the country. Last Sunday afternoon, towards the end of my stay at Shady Creek COE (just north of Muscatine), I received a text from my mother, indicating that my father's three month journey in hospice was close to the end.  I hitched up on Monday morning and towed the Scamp ninety minutes to a county park campground on the eastern edge of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   Indeed, my dad was no longer responsive, and the hospice nurse told us that he could pass away at any time.  We sat with him for the rest of the morning before taking a break for lunch.  I then returned to the Scamp to let Callie out for a short walk.  During that time period, Mom went back to my Dad's room and found that he had stopped breathing.  She gave him a hug and

Puerto Vallarta: Hike to Las Animas, Part One

Puerto Vallarta: The Park, Espresso, and the Rio Cuale

Puerto Vallarta: Mirador

Living Large in Rapids

North Wood County Park

Ice Age Trail: Plover River Segment

Dells of Eau Claire County Park

Gone camping

Puerto Vallarta: A State of Mind


Puerto Vallarta: Flight and Arrival