Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday Iowa Musings

Remember the thunder clouds from yesterday, about 30 minutes after I took the picture it completely clouded over and we had a gully washer, the weather radio went off with a flash flood warning, but the Mississippi River wasn’t included, I am about a hundred feet from a back water off the river and I watched the water keep getting closer to the top of the boat launch ramp it stopped about a foot from where the grass of the campground starts. About 10:00PM it was just a steady rain and the river was falling again so I went to bed, with that rain hitting the roof I slept like a baby, and the good part was the rain dropped the temperature from the 90’s to 77 degrees so the A/C shut off for the rest of the night, I got up at 05:30am and watched about a dozen trains while having my coffee.The temps were still in the 70’s with a nice breeze. About 08:00am I went downtown to the old Santa Fe Depot that is being restored as a Train Museum, the have a pedestrian overpass from the Museum to the casino boat area across the tracks that gives you a nice overhead angle  of the passing trains.


         Fort Madison Ia. Old Santa Fe DepotFortMadisonDepot08-11-10b

                         Here he comes.





                     Casino Boat & Restaurant.


 River Bridge open for tow boat & Barges.

FortMadisonDepot08-11-10g        Remember these, An Electric Watchman.


Don’t know if there Bloggers, they were parked on the casino lot with one of those little teeny cars as a toad. Anybody recognize it?


  After the museum I went back to Duck Haven Campground for a tough afternoon of train watching and video & picture shooting about 03:00PM I call it quits because the breeze had died and it was getting hot, so I headed to my McDonald’s Wi-Fi service where for a cup of ice tea I can sit in the comfort of A/C and check my mail and post my blog entry.

Hey Donna&Dennis, I found out Fort Madison is a three hour drive from Sandwich,  that is about the same distance as Dardenne Prairie to Fort Madison. So maybe next trip I will stay a night in Fort Madison and then head for the Caveman Campground for a night or two, Tell Dennis not to break out in a sweat I’ll bring my own High life light and maybe a surprise bottle of wine for Donna from one of the local wineries near home. Don’t know when though..

That’s about it for today in Iowa. Is this a great country or what, Life is Good. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.


                           The End…..


  1. THE END... that's the way I like to see trains. :)

  2. Yes this is a great country but it's under attack from within. Hopefully November will bring about some changes.

    Great pictures. You are really getting the hang of that camera.

  3. Oh how I wish we had some rain. It will cloud up and then nothing.

    Great train pictures. We are taking Granddaughters over to Wilmington DE probably this weekend for a short train excursion.

    Sounds like you had a lovely morning there.

  4. Hey...let us know and Dennis will pull the Hiker off the pad, you can use our electric and water...I find your train pictures troublingly familiar!

  5. Very cool pictures Sam! Glad you did not get flooded out.

  6. Super post!! I know you are in seventh heaven with all those trains to watch and take pics of. I am so glad you are having a great time.:-)

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  7. Looks like you had a pretty good day to me Sam! Glad the floods didn't get you!

  8. I think that was one of those Smart Cars, Sam.
    Nice train pics!