Sunday, October 9, 2016

bust a balloon and win

bust a balloon and win --
but so many choices --
how's a girl to decide?

Perfect weather for the Fall Festival in Keosauqua, Iowa, clear and sunny, the Des Moines River running fast and high along the park. Carnival rides and games for the kids. Booths selling homemade food, crafts and antiques. So many choices!


Every street and alley jammed with cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Hotel Manning is still run as a B&B, with antiques in every room and lace curtains at the windows. Built in 1899, its Steamboat Gothic architecture mimics 1880s river boats. When the boys were young, we used to come down here for a wonderful Mother's Day brunch.


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