Friday, July 6, 2012

Mini-vacation Photos: Field of Dreams and Galena

Thursday night, hubby and I left for a mini-vacation. We headed out to Galena, IA for the night and to spend the day on Friday exploring the town.

On our way our, we stopped at the Field of Dreams movie site, just outside of Dyersville, IA. We always drive by and see the signs, but never have time to stop. So this was perfect!

We actually saw this movie for the first time a few months ago. It’s a good movie—I highly recommend it.

Here’s a quick trailer in case you are not familiar:

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And this was my favorite part of the movie. I really got a good chuckle out of this one, since I live in Iowa and all…

Is this Heaven?

According to the ghost from baseball past, Iowa can be confused for heaven. Smile with tongue out

And now after seeing the trailer and the scenes in the movie, isn’t this the coolest thing ever?

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Too bad it was closed! I would have loved to go out on the field or see the inside of the house. Maybe another time.

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We stayed at a nice hotel in Galena. We went swimming right away. And then we swam again this morning. I actually got 30 minutes of exercise in this morning by swimming and doing some aerobics in the pool. It felt great. Hubby got to practice his floating and actually swam!

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We also got to spend some time in the hot tub, which felt awesome on our sore muscles after the 5K on Wednesday.

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We grabbed a quick continental breakfast. I had 1/4 of a Belgium waffle with light syrup, eggs, and skim milk.

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And then it was off to Galena! It was so much fun to explore the downtown area. It was HOT today. This was later on in the afternoon:

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But we just walked from shop to shop and it wasn’t so bad! We just made sure to drink plenty of water.

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The town is very pretty and historical with a lot of great shops.

Here are some pics of a few finds:

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The tiniest bread pan I’ve ever seen:

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Maybe someday if I ever become an editor!

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Too funny. haha.

We cooled down by grabbing iced lattes as a local coffee shop. I ordered a non-fat coconut iced latte. Delish!

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For lunch, we stopped at this place:

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Good food, but not the best service. I ordered this salad with spinach, chicken, bleu cheese, walnuts, strawberries and raspberry vinagrette. I did not eat the bread stick.

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It was SO good.

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There were lots of fun things to look at in the stores.

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Including a chocolate shop that sold imported chocolate…

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I ate two little pieces:

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Hubby tried out a diet Root Beer. Some fancy schmancy kind.

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This place seriously was foodie heaven. Lots of foodie stores. Lots of samples to try. I added a few points for that! I did purchase some coffee and locally made BBQ sauce. Yummy!

This was the oldest house in Galena, which we looked at, but didn’t go in because you had to pay to do that…

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And then we went to an open house at an All American Homes place. We always drive by this place and LOVE the outside. Well turns out, we LOVE the inside too!! It was just perfect.

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Yep, that’s our dream home! Maybe someday!

After that, we drove through downtown Dubuque just for the fun of it.

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We ate supper in Dubuque at the Texas Roadhouse. I limited myself to one roll.

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Had a few peanuts:

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A garden salad with no croutons:

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And a plain sweet potato with 1/2 of a BBQ chicken breast. I took the rest home.

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It was a yummy supper. On the way home, we stopped at DQ and I ate a small chocolate cone.

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And that was the end of our trip! I am happy with today. I feel like I made good decisions, but also enjoyed good food in moderation.

I’m happy. Open-mouthed smile

And it was a fun mini-vacation! We need to do this more often!

I took 9,259 steps today. So it was an active day too. And to think the weekend is just beginning! I love holidays and vacation time!


  1. Looks like you guys had so much fun :)

  2. You are so lucky. "Field of Dreams" is one of my most favorite movies. In fact, I just recently finished reading a book titled "Ark" by John Heldon that had that same type of feel. I have been thinking how fun it would be to visit the site where the film was made. Looks so charming!

  3. Our sunflowers bloomed. They didn’t grow very tall or very big this year. Either it’s because of the dry, hot weather or because we bought different seeds this year. Probably the latter.




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