Iowa ~ Pickers, a President and the Prairie

Saturday, October 4th – IOWA
American Pickers!

American Pickers!

Have you ever watched the TV show American Pickers? I think it is my husbands favorite because it reminds him of his roots, growing up in the Midwest. Tim’s dad, Richard (Dick) Joseph was a cross between a picker and a pack-rat. When I first met Tim, he was leaning heavily toward the pack-rat side.
Sitting in the hotel last night, him watching TV and me writing my blog update, he excitedly let me know we were only a few miles away from where the American Pickers, Mike, Frank and Danielle have their office/store. I could tell he was keen to go, so that was our very first stop this morning. Oh, by the way, that is the Mississippi River in the picture behind the car!

Our dinner last night at The Machine Shed was great.  The pork was tender and moist. It was served with cold slaw, warm chunky apple sauce, baked sweet potato with a cinnamon honey butter and rolls. They have won numerous awards including National Pork Restaurant of the year and Best Breakfast in America.

The Machine Shed, Davenport, Iowa

The Machine Shed, Davenport, Iowa

We wanted to return for breakfast this morning, but due to going to Antique Archeology, we missed it, so settled for lunch instead.

Iowa farmland

Iowa farmland

Iowa is much more scenic that I expected, rolling hills, bountiful farm land, silos, and an occasional herd of cattle grazing. Illinois by contrast is flat. I prefer the hills, but I’ll guess the flat ground is better for the farmers.

Grain elevators

Grain elevators

We are traveling on Interstate 80 today. I much prefer the smaller back roads, but we are quickly running out of time and have more than 1/2 a country to drive through before arriving back in California. I need to update my map to show how far we have traveled since we picked up the rental car. Our allotted 30 days to drive cross-country is going by quickly.
The World's Largest Truck Stop

The World’s Largest Truck Stop

Had to check out the World’s Largest Truck Stop. Complete with scales, huge parking lot, repair shop, truck wash and a truck museum. 
A highlight today was our stop at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum in West Branch, IA. Born in 1874 in a simple two-room cottage. His life accomplishments were many and varied including attending Stanford University, becoming a mining engineer, a humanitarian, statesman and the 31st president of the United States.
Entrance to the National Historic Site

Entrance to the National Historic Site

I gathered so much information that I could do an entire post just on this museum alone, and I think I just might some day after I get back home. There was also a special exhibit there on the 1st ladies that was equally interesting.

His simple grave

His simple grave

85% of Iowa used to be covered in tall grass prairie. This area has been replanted to show how the land was before it was developed or converted to farm land.

Tall grass prairie land

Tall grass prairie land

Mills Farm

Miles Farm

Amber waves of grain

Amber waves of grain

And another wonderful day comes to an end…

Sunset over Iowa

Sunset over Iowa

Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for the amazing diversity found in these United States.

“O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!” ~ America the Beautiful, Words by Katharine Lee Bates

Thank you so much to all of you that take the time to read our blogs and follow our journey. We only have 10 days left to complete our around-the-world journey, but I promise I have not lost my love for travel. We already have a couple more trips booked, and hope you will continue to join us!

About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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1 Response to Iowa ~ Pickers, a President and the Prairie

  1. Cindi says:

    The Machine Shed! My parents took me there in 2008, the summer before my Mom passed away. It was their favorite stop between visiting my brother (outside Chicago) and Ottumwa (where they’d moved to be near my other brother). Thank you for the wonderful memory!


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