These are all from my phone. I didn’t take my real camera, which is very strange, I know, but I thought about it and decided that I didn’t want to have to take a bigger purse and I probably wouldn’t see all that much that I wanted to take pictures of anyway. And, of course, I have my phone so…
This is the amusement park. We didn’t even walk through it. I think this was taken from the 3rd level.
One of the more interesting things in the MoA is the Lego Store. It’s situated in the middle of the walkway, like a giant kiosk, on the lower level and it has it has all these giant Lego sculptures above it, that are best seen from the levels above the store.
Here are some more Lego sculptures.
Elsewhere on our trip – Iowa has the nicest rest stops of any of the dozen or so states we’ve visited. Not only are they spacious, light, and clean, they have also gone to some effort to make them attractive and interesting. Here’s the one we stopped at on the way up.
And here’s the one we stopped at on the way back. This one has some very nice tile murals of rural Iowa scenes inside.
I think the area of Iowa and Missouri that we drove through would be a good route for an old-fashioned road trip – the kind where you just drive without much of a schedule to get in the way and you just stop at whatever looks interesting. In Iowa we saw a sign for the “Covered Bridges of Madison County”. There is quite a bit of touristy stuff in Missouri – mostly just “tourist trap” kind of things but a lot of it that I would like to stop and look at. There were a couple of quilt shops. There was a really cute sign for one that said, “Scream until your husband turns the car around.” There were lots of antique shops and a large “Pecans and Gifts” store that I was sort of interested in. None of them are the kind of destination things that you plan on going to but if you weren’t in a big hurry to get somewhere you could make a pleasant trip of just stopping and looking at those places.