Tuesday, July 24th
All excited this morning to go to a little farm town called Quasqueton and see Cedar Rock - a Usonian house by Frank Lloyd Wright operated by the Department of Natural Resources and it was unique because it was the most complete Usonian home with all the furnishings, landscape, etc. and there were real tours, etc.
So, I drove for an hour on little country roads, all excited. I knew I was early with the first tour at 11 but I wanted to make sure I got on that tour. Gates were closed! I pulled over and called the phone # to see what time the gates would open and the recording said that due to budget constraints, Cedar Rock was now also closed on Tuesday. AAA book is not up-to-date!!! Dang I was upset. Another car pulled up too who didn't know of this change. I actually debated on spending the night but knew this would make for a very long day on Wed. so left this for next time:( The house wasn't even visible from the road as I gather it was down a bank towards the river. I should have taken a picture of the gate:)
I had one more possibility - it was a house in Cedar Rapids - the Douglas Grant House which I knew was privately owned but thought I could just drive by and shoot a picture out the window. So on I went. (Do you know how confusing towns are in IA - Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rock, Cedar Valley, Cedar Grove, and just plain Cedar. Then there's Sioux Rapids, Sioux Center, Sioux City and in SD Sioux Falls).
Of course I knew it was on a residential street which got narrower and narrower and finally a sign for dead end and of course it was the last house, down a winding, curving hilly driveway with a sign at the top saying "private". And of course you couldn't see the house from the top of the driveway and because I'm such a law abiding person, I didn't walk down the driveway to see the house and invade their "private-cy".
Bummer of a day and here I am in Davenport, IA - again the only campground in miles but it's a decent one and I got to be entertained with this original "RV" that moved in just after me.
mileage: 172 gas: $45 @ $3.56 Camp: $30