Up early then too, and headed for breakfast around 7 AM. Left the hotel about 8:45 AM and got to the Botanical Center, the start point for the walk about 9:30.
The sign of the door said it was closed to the public until 10 AM for a wedding. I tried anyway, and the receptionist quickly gave me the "Walk Box." I was walker 59 for this year. The walker before me had a postal address from Sweden.
The walk started along the Des Moines River.I was enjoyed watching two teams of women getting set up for a race.
The noise of this video is from the nearby I-235 freeway, just about over our heads.
Here's my photo.
Next I noticed a bridge.
As I neared the Capitol area I found a sculpture saluting workers. With all the political rhetoric these days about "job creators" it was nice to see a moment of attention to the people who do the work!
This building was completed in 1886; the route map says the center dome is covered with 24 K gold.
Crossing the river I found the Long Look Garden.
Then I really did hit the sculpture. This area is the John and Mary Poppajohn Sculpture Park. The goal of this park is make contemporary art accessible to the general public. The route map says the value of these sculpture is $40 million. Each one is very different from the next.
After walking along the Locust Street side of the sculpture park, my route map directed me to the 17th Street where I found myself in the Meredith Publishing Company campus.
|The classic building is surrounded by modern glass office buildings.|
Probably many readers may recognize Better Homes and Gardens -- magazine and cookbooks, for example. I didn't realize until today that Meredith is also the publisher of Successful Farming, a magazine my dad always read.
I needed to find the Plantoir sculpture by Oldenburg & Van Bruggen.
Soon I was back to the Des Moines River.
I turned left and walked my way back to the Botanical Center where I again requested the "walk box." I took it to the cafe and stamped my books.
I drove back to the capitol area to see why I had a problem. Discovered I turned off on 9th Street rather than 12th.
The route map says the WWII monument was the first in the country. The area in the arches holds reproductions of newspapers, telegrams, and other written materials associated with the time of WWII.
It was a great day to walk. Any day when the temperature is in the 70s in November is day to celebrate and one less day of winter. Saw many, many people out enjoying this bonus day of summer.
The weather forecast is for the temperature to drop now about 40 degrees by morning. So watch this space to see if I get brave to go walking -- even a short walk-- tomorrow.