After our eventful trip from Mt. Rushmore (including my ticket) we settled into a two night stay in Des Moines, Iowa. Neither of us had ever been there, but I have family that lives there (most of them I'd never met) and I was eager to spend time getting to know them a little better.
We got in late at night and went right to our hotel to sleep. Even though we were exhausted, we still spent a good 15 minutes adjusting/playing with the sleep number bed in our room. Neither of us had ever slept on one of those beds before. It was quite enjoyable.
The next morning we went with Bobbie and Suzie (my mom's cousins) to the farmer's market in downtown Des Moines. We were shocked with how tiny the city actually was. The farmer's market was great though. We got some fresh produce for dinner that night, and some other great stuff. The streets were packed and a lot of the vendors were similar, so after about an hour or so we headed over to Pappajohn Sculpture Park. We had never heard of this particular sculpture park and were glad we could experience a little bit of strange Des Moines artwork.
Here I am examining the inside of this huge head. It was completely hollow inside.
And Caitlin played with this horse made of wood.
There was also this giant sculpture of someone holding their knees to their chest. Rather strange, but it was interesting to look at.
After the sculpture park we spent time at Bobbie's house with her mom (who is so great) and a few other family members. It was fun to swap stories and learn about a side of the family I hadn't really known before. I think Caitlin was a little overwhelmed since she still hasn't gotten all my immediate family down and we were talking about very extended family members.
We spent the evening at Suzie's house. We had a barbeque and all of Bobbie and Suzie's siblings (minus 2) came to meet us. Meeting everyone was for sure a highlight of our trip. We love being around family and even though they didn't know us, they opened their doors to us and took care of us. We really loved being with them.