That first night however, the town was celebrating the weekend with what they called their annual "Gumbo Ya Ya Festival" a Mardi Gras themed event. They were having several bands playing Zydeco, Jazz, and Cajun along with the spiced food to go with it. That's just my kind of fun! So, off we went. It wasn't to bad, I mean it was in Illinois after all! There was one Cajun band that was quite good that had a washboard player who had brought his grandson with him that was quite the showman! He was such a hoot! Probably around 7 or 8 years old, but boy could he move! The band, Creole Stomp, made me really miss New Orleans...
Jack was out the door first thing the next morning, ready for his day at the long anticipated Arsenal. I had the day all to myself! Phone calls to family...then the dreaded defrosting of the freezer before settling down to read. "Chores before fun" I was always taught growing up, makes for guilt-free pleasures! ;-)
The days turned hot, hot, hot and the pool was full! Kids and their parents were having a great time, filling the pool, the Jacuzzi, the fountain, the bounce, playing miniature golf...me, I just found some shade and settled in and read a great book!
A few days passed and someone said, "have you been over to LeClaire to see Antique Archaeology yet?" "You mean the place the Picker's from the TV show?" "Yes!" Well, guess where we headed? ;-)
We'd been to their other store in Nashville TN, but this is their "home store". It's not that much bigger, actually, but still really cool. Fun to see a lot of the stuff that they collect from their show, to see their van too. I have to say, I kind of hoped to see Danielle at the store...but of course she wasn't there (maybe upstairs in the office?). I did overhear one of the staff talk with a couple about restoring a picture that she had just talked to Mike on the phone about... kind of cool... It was just fun to be there. Of course most of everything was out of our price range, and...we really don't have room for a giant old "Phillip Morris Boy" anyway...
Afterward we wandered the town a bit and ended up at the Buffalo Bill Museum. Seems he was born in LeClaire. They had some interesting pieces from his past, along with a variety of other local collections to look at.
All in all a nice outing. By the time we got back, the pool was empty...the sky was black and the rain drops were starting to come down hard. It wasn't long before lightening and thunder soon followed. Cleaned everything off nice and pretty, cooled the temperatures down a bit too and that was nice a change.
We'll be off in the morning. Moving into Iowa, heading west for awhile...
...on the road, Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/