My mother-in-law stayed with us for two months this visit, a record. Over the two months, I learned to bite my tongue and find my own fortress of solitude to retreat to from time to time to regain my sanity. Also fortunate, I was still employed back then so I could at least get away for eight or nine hours a day. Despite all this, my mother-in-law did a lot of packing and unpacking which was great even if we still can't find stuff. So to reward her, we took a small trip up to my alma mater, Iowa State University.
Mainly we wanted to visit Reiman Gardens which had a Lego exhibit going on but also to show her were I went to college, lived, and pretty much spent almost a sixth of my life. (That fraction is sadly getting smaller these days.) We arrived during a gentle but persistent rain so we had to drive around for a bit until it quit but when it did, there weren't many people at the park for a Saturday so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We walked around for a couple hours enjoying the plants and Legos and just about the time we were wrapping up, it started raining again. Perfect timing. So here are some pictures of the trip, mostly of the Lego sculptures. What I wouldn't have given as a kid to build something that big out of Legos is I had that many Legos.
|Lego Fox and Hare|
|Lego Pond Paraphernalia|
|Lego Sprouting Acorn|
|Lego Bee. In the background was a nifty Rube Goldberg contraption that we sat and watched for almost and hour.|