AROUND BOONE, IOWA
Memorial Day weekend was spent in Iowa, my home state. We traveled there, most importantly, for my cousin's wedding (which was a lot of fun, especially since Ty voluntarily danced with me). I hadn't been "home" since Thanksgiving, so being able to see my mom, my brother, and the rest of my family--and, okay, the cat, too--was wonderful.
On the way to Iowa, Ty and I took a detour to the north, to Ames. I showed him the newspaper at which I used to work, and we drove around Iowa State University for a bit. We spent some time in downtown Ames, browsing the stores and picking up cupcakes from the retro-themed Cupcake Emporium (which has appeared on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars). After an hour and a half or so, we continued westward, to Boone.
For the six months I worked at the newspaper, I lived in Boone, a town of about 12,000. Ty and I drove around town a bit, mostly so I could show him the old Victorian home in which I used to live. We also drove out into the country, to the Kate Shelley High Bridge. But, mostly, we went to Ledges.
Ledges State Park is nestled in the valley of the Des Moines River, and is peaceful and tranquil. Ty and I arrived later in the evening, when the sun wasn't as high, and the wind was a bit stronger. We found our way down to the river, through mud and grass and trees and sand. And, from there, we found our way up, too. To the rocks jutting over the water, to the ones from which we tossed smaller rocks down, down, down and whistled to the sky.