This past weekend we had Taj but we still planned on going on an adventure. Our original plan had to be changed. We will still go but it will have to be later. The store was closed due to a death of one of the owners, Saturday was the funeral. We changed our plans up and headed to Burlington, Iowa. It was Steamboat Days. We actually hit a few stops before the Steamboat Days Festival sight. Burlington is where Todd was born and he lived there his early childhood and had so many fond memories. We first drove through a State Park his grandparents lived so close to.
The house was a shade of pink when he lived in it.Final house stop was his great grandma's house. His grandfather's mom. He sat in the car and smiled at this house.
Next on our agenda was to find Snake Alley. Snake Alley was completed in 1898, it was a street which connected Heritage Hill to the downtown business district. Bricks were originally laid at a angle to allow horses better footing going down but they always lost control going back up, so to this day it is a one way street, where traffic goes down the hill. Snake Alley took on this name later because the street curves like a snake moving down the hill. The turns are sharper than San Francisco's Lombard Street but less turns. In 1940 Robert L. Ripley from "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" named it The Crookedest Street in the World.
Above: The Exit
Looking down as we are driving.
Bonus shot: I captured myself taking the picture by
pure accident in the side view mirror.
Taj could stand it no longer driving around, he wanted to have fun so we headed to the festival.
Showing off for us.
He played a game here.
They get to pick up any three water animals and then
pick out any prize they wanted.
See the colorful ball? We paid $5 for it. *wink*
On to the next game.
Three tries for $5.
The third try an adult could help.
Again, everyone is a winner.
Of course it was going to be Spiderman.
His orneriness was showing in this one.
The next ride he had the most fun on he told us.
Of course because his Papa was on it with him.
Below: I love this one.
Just look at the two having so much fun with one another
However the lady next to them.
She was getting a little annoyed because they were having
too much fun with Spiderman.
After spending some time enjoying rides and playing games we then drove around the area of Snake Alley because I saw some beautiful churches. They had four within a two block area and one far off.
Todd told me the peak of this steeple is the tallest point