Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Ride a raft with ol' Huck Finn
Last Iowa post -- promise! One of our last days there, we went to Dubuque and went to the National Riverboat Museum. It was pretty well geared towards kids and they had a great time! Unfortunately for me, I didn't get to see much of the museum as I was just chasing after them single-mom-style! It wouldn't have been that bad as it was during the school year, but we chose the one day that there were five field trip classes there.
They had a huge section there dedicated to Mark Twain and steamboats. There was a little 3-sided room that had mirrors on two sides and a river scene on the back. The floor was half-cut logs that were tied together like a raft. And the logs must have been on some air tubes because they bounced around when you stepped on them. I really tried to get Finn up there, but she refused because she was scared that she couldn't maintain her balance. Darn it anyways.
The museum also hosted a small aquaramine. The biggest tank was the "main channel" tank, which included a lot of fish that were bigger than my kids. Catfish, gars, sturgeon were all in there. It was pretty neat!
And our final Iowa photo comes courtesy of a hat that Mimi bought for Finn. Fish thought that it was a riot to put the hat on and swing the hair around. He wore that hat for at least a day, much really through Finn for a loop. She would want the hat the minute that he put it on his head and not a second before. And that poinsettia plant's dirt got seriously abused by Fish. He found it half way through our trip and just wouldn't leave that poor dirt alone.