Little House on the Prairie - August 2009

August 22, 2009

Today was the second day of our trip.  It was an amazing day. We started the day by crossing back into Illinois to visit the John Deere Visitor's center. Unfortunately their literature was wrong, they didn't open until 10am on the weekend. So we took a few pictures outside and continued on our trip. Our next stop was at the "Field of Dreams" Movie set in Dyersville, Iowa.

Once we reached the Field of Dreams, we got our baseball and gloves out for a little Catch.  Donald and I played catch in the outfield and then took turns pitching and catching. We then ran the bases and finally went into the corn, but didn't hear any voices :)  I talked to the owner for a few minutes and Naomi played with his dogs. It was a very interesting stop. 

Next, we continued on across the Mississippi again and onto the House on the Rock We checked in and headed for the house.  It was so much more than I expected and unfortunately because of poor lighting, many of our pictures didn't come out or aren't very good. I have seen allot of attractions in my time, but this was simply amazing.  The structure itself is extremely interesting and the collection of oddities is incredible. It is something everyone should see at least once in their life. It is also some place that you could visit over and over and never see the same thing again.

We spend 5 hours at the House and could have spent another 5 hours their and not seen half of what was there.  When I was flipping through the pictures Naomi took, I didn't remember half the things she had pictures of. The collection was huge and varied from Dolls to Guns to Armored Suits to Car to Bicycles to Whales to Jewelry and so much more.  I think my favorite was the full size Carousel. I believe there were 7 rows on animals across the ride and not a single horse. If you stared directly at the center without moving, it felt like the ride stopped and you were moving. You could also see the individual animals much clearer. I believe there were 280 animals on the ride.

After we left, we checked into our room at the House on the Rock Inn, went for dinner and then came back to go to the pool. The pool here was great for Donny, it had a submarine in the middle with a couple of slides. Naomi and I sat in the hot tub and let him play for over and hour before we turned in for the night. Well sort of, it is almost 2am and we get up at 6am to start tomorrow. I think Naomi will be driving in the morning :)

We crossed the Mississippi river 3 more times today, for a total of 5 so far.

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Corn!!!!

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Corn everywhere

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As far as the eye can see, Corn!!

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yes, more corn

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Mitch at the entrance

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House, used inside and out for the movie

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movie information sign

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playing on the field

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catcher

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pitcher

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catching

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pitching

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running the bases

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home plate

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Mitch emerging from the corn field

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looking into the corn field

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Corn, what a surprise!!

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view of house from the corn field

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owners dogs

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Don L

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owner, nice guy

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close up look at soybean

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soybeans, the only other crop we have seen for days

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soybean field

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Mississippi River

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Giant M on mountain, no idea what it is for, but thought it was worthy of a picture

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House on the Rock

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Living room

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Living room fireplace

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Kitchen

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View of gardens from the main house

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this room has no supports

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This is as far as you can walk

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view looking straight down

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room sure does bounce allot

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giant fireplace puffer

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just one many piano's

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Lots of beautiful stain glass

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view from the roof

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roof of infinity room as seen for the roof

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peacock sculpture

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fireplace puffer table

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music box

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dolls

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Faberge Eggs!!

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everyone should own at least one  :)

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this is the one I want!!!

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more dolls

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Whale!!  This thing is huge and it is inside

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really big teeth

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Jonah's boat in the whales mouth

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I LOVE Mardi Gras Masks

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picture just for Mitch

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old pick up with heart tub in the bed of truck

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This is for Jason, my Carter the Great!

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Amazing Carousel.

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sadly the pictures didn't turn out good

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giant light in organ room

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one of so many organs in the organ room

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sled

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organ pipes

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discussing early automatic weapons

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Ladies room

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still in the ladies room

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sinks in the ladies room

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men's room

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men's room

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inspiration point

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not looking too inspired

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looking down at inspiration point

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Infinite Room as seen from Inspiration Point

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one of two doll carousels

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doll house

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lots of doll houses

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circus area of the house

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millions of miniature circus scenes

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all these things moved and played instruments

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Crowned Jewels Room

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no idea if this stuff is real

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scale replica of Buckingham Palace

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doll carousel

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life is great, when you can combine dolls and carousels

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Now to convince Mitch that we can't live without a doll carousel

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doll carousel

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Tea Party

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carousel horses hanging on the walls

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I could watch this thing all day

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beautiful

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Donny's favorite on the carousel

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giant drum, hanging on the ceiling, play by itself

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Mitch and Donny in the Gardens

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Parked on the side of the road in front of The Don Q Inn

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Be very afraid if you see them in the cockpit

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inside the plane

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Mitch

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Donny

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Farrah Fawcets signature.  Someone painted over it.  She filmed a car commercial here, during her Charlie's Angels days.

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water wheel at House on the Rock

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Doll carousel

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Aviation room

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the parking lot

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the entry road

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entrance

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infinity room

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as seen from down the road

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pool at the hotel

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Donny having fun

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some people don't like to have their picture taken!!

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