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Visiting the Duke

January 19, 2009

Farmhouse Sunset, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…Dry roads and sunny skies today made driving much easier than yesterday.

On our way out of Des Moines, we took a detour to Winterset to visit the John Wayne Birthplace. There, Meghan took us on a tour of the house where The Duke was born…and shared a few details about his Irish-American mother who he described as “a tiny, vivacious red-headed bundle of energy.”

We spotted a few letters and photos of Ireland’s Maureen O’Hara and a few other notable Irish-Americans. It was a great little stop and Winterset has held on to its turn of the century look.

While in Winterset, we stopped at Subway for a bite to eat and there we met Donnie (or was it Don…sorry too many details to remember). He spotted Liam’s Claddagh ring and showed the one he was wearing.

Right about the time we crossed into Missourri, the snow had pretty much disappeared and by the time we hit Kansas City we were putting away our heavy jackets in exchange for our lighter coats.

The highlight of the day was the gorgeous sunset we enjoyed on the way into Kansas City. Beautiful.

I was thrilled to add Kansas to my list of visited states. And as a welcome, Kansas gave me five bars of 3G phone/data coverage all the way from Kansas City to Topeka.

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  1. Don Chapman permalink
    January 22, 2009 7:03 AM

    If you come back to Winterset, IA there is a little pub you should go to call little Dublin. and that is a great shot of me.

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