Hot, muggy Iowa

CAMPGROUND: Lake Aquabi State Park. Big – 100 sites, about half with electricity. Central water and dump station. Decent bathrooms. $16/night. Ours is a lake-view site. Picnic tables and fire ring. 4 stars out of 5.
LOCATION: Indianola, Iowa – just south of Des Moines
WEATHER: Yuck! Hot – 91 with about 150% humidity (or so it seems)

We enjoyed a leisurely morning at Rock Creek Lake, taking a hike through the woods. The weather forecast spelled out heat and humidity, so I started worrying about boondocking (with electricity = A/C) tonight. So, I suggested that we change our plans from staying at a Harvest Host winery without services to a state park, with electricity.

This hot, muggy weather is what I remember about summers in Iowa. But it is the end of September!

We had a short drive, crossing Red Rock Dam, which brought back memories from when I was young. We went there almost every Sunday to boat and waterski..

Lake Aquabi had a spot open so we decided to stay here. We are in this area so I can attend my 50th (yikes, 50!!!) high school reunion. We were lucky to get a site with a nice view. I contacted my friend Nancy who is also here for the reunion, and she joined us for drinks and dinner here at the lake.

DINNER: Appetizers were some good cheese and some pate’ with crackers. I made pita sandwiches with a hamburger and chicken mix, adding some Greek spices. I topped the pitas with tzatsiki sauce and diced cucumbers. Side was steamed peas.

BOOK: “At Risk”/ by Patricia Cornwell. I have read many of her Kay Scarpetta books, but I think this one was written before that series. Detective story. Pretty good. 8 stars out of 10

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