This guy has been busy
I couldn't believe how long this hawk posed for me.
Only a few of the eagles will stay, most flying farther north. A few have already built nests and have laid eggs. Almost every county in Iowa has them nesting. I enjoy when I find a new one, they are usually well away from the beaten path. They can weigh up to a ton, so are very large.
An old schoolhouse still echoes the voices of children. Gone are a see saw, maybe a bell to bring them into the school. At one time it addressed all the grades needed. The walls were formed with local stone, used in many homes around.
I spent one morning exploring this tiny town, walking into each store on the town square. The museum had a steady influx of people wanting to see all they could. I saved that for another day, having found an excellent bakery where I got a coconut cream pie filled doughnut. It was fun to go through a Ben Franklin store, where in my youth had a toy area divided on a large table by prices.This one didn't have that, nor slingshots for a dime or pea shooters for a nickel. Candy wasn't a penny either, but I would love to try some. They did have a little of everything one might need. The soda fountain was packed with locals coming in for breakfast. I came out with a few small gifts to share with my stories with friends and family.