I walked a fair distance this last Thursday in the hospital. It was an average day. It made me a wonder what I’m going to do to stay in shape when I retire (something on my mind a lot these days.)
Therefore, Sena and I went for a walk today. The plan was to eventually head to Riverside, which is just a few miles south of Iowa City on Highway 218. We thought we’d find an old time A&W there we’d heard about and check out the drive-in for lunch.
First we walked around the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, which opened about 3 years ago and is on Iowa City’s South Side where we’ve never been, even though we’ve lived here about 30 years. It used to be a sand and gravel quarry which now has an almost 100 acre lake, a marina, a two-mile-long trail, and a lodge. You can rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and pedal boats.
The park is named after Terry Trueblood, a former Parks and Recreation director who presented the park’s original plan about 3 years before his death of pancreatic cancer in 2009. It’s a great way to remember him.
I brought my camera because I read it was a great place for bird-watching. A jogger told us as he passed by that you could see bluebirds and goldfinches. Everyone on the trail was friendly. We saw a lot of butterflies and quite a few swallows dipping and gliding across the water.
We then headed south on 218 to Riverside, where we discovered the Star Trek museum, the Voyage Home Riverside History Center, which has been going strong for well over 30 years and which we’d never visited before. Some have called it cheesy, but can you call a thing cheesy that has its own Wikipedia entry?. Moreover, Trekfest has its own website and there’s an annual parade featuring the U.S.S. Riverside and a museum guide named Kathy who knows her stuff about Star Trek, despite being on the job for only the last 3 years. The wooden statue of James T. Kirk looks a lot like Han Solo–even without the beret.
The wooden not-likeness will be replaced by a bronze sculpture just as soon as the Riverside Casino comes up with the rest of the $20,000 to cover the cost (although to be fair, the casino did pony up $2,000). On the other hand, $10,000 has already been donated by the local Riverside residents and a GoFundMe campaign already has about $500. We made our donation (is that a coffee can, and is “captain” spelled wrong to see if we’re on the beam or maybe been beamed up too many times?).
You won’t want to miss one of the better exhibits. It just happens to be in the restroom.
Now that’s what I call a good time. We said our goodbyes (more like “see-you-next-time”) and headed for lunch at the A&W drive-in–except there was no drive-in. At least Riverside knows how to make a memory.
I guess that’s enough exercise for one day.