The Great Plains
We did not realize that Western Iowa had such rolling hills and fields. It is awe-inspiring. I always appreciated the farmer, but, seeing the fields of corn and beans and hay and cattle....it is amazing!
What a tour that would be to see all the combines running, and the grain semis being loaded and the grain elevators working overtime in month or two! I always felt that Indiana and Ohio had tremendous fields of grain to harvest, but, in Iowa and South Dakota and I am guessing in Nebraska and Kansas as well, the fields are four times as large...and the fields that we have seen have all looked vibrant, verdant and healthy. For you farmers out there, the beans are beginning to turn in Iowa.
(I apologize for the car window reflection in the above pictures)
There were many modern windmills west of Urbandale, Iowa.....very similar to the amount we see on our way to Indianpolis at Windfall, Indiana. We are fascinated by them and I always take too many pictures of them, but, I kept the following picture because it says it all.
"Clean Energy For the Future, Adair Wind Project"
"On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (Reprise)"
(Written by Alan Lerner and Burton Lane, Sung by Barbra Streisand)
Scenic Look-Out in Western Iowa
We stopped at this scenic look-out and climbed to the top...(or I did) and took all the following panoramic views. The feeling one gets from climbing to the top and then seeing as far as the eye can see is amazing even with a little "leg vertigo" going on. The panoramic shots that I took were not as impressive as seeing them with your actual eyes.....who knew that Iowa had this kind of view? Not me! This look-out is right on the Iowa / Nebraska western state line.
View looking East
View looking south
View looking west.
The Missouri River is running north and south behind the horizon ridge.
We did not see the Missouri River until we reached Sioux City, Iowa. However, we could not take any pictures of the Missouri River due to interstate construction. Hopefully tomorrow?