Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Waterloo & Cedar Falls, Iowa

June 10-14.  We are staying at the Big Woods campground on the outskirts of Cedar Falls.  Well, we can cross out another item off  our bucket list.  We went to our first ever roller derby match.  We saw the Cedar Valley Derby Divas (better known as the Push-Up Brawlers) versus the Eastern Iowa Outlaws.  It was no match, the visitors won 216-61.  Believe me, there were no beauties on either team.  Each Dive had a nickname, and my favorites were Kissda Koncrete and GoGo Bangs.  We also took in a baseball game with the Waterloo Bucks vs. the Green Bay Frogs, both of the Northwoods League.  Green Bay won 2-1.
We went to the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo.  If  you recall, the five Sullivan brothers all died when the USS Juneau was sunk in 1942.  This prompted the government to split up members of the same family in the future, so a family would not lose all their servicemen at one time.
The highlight of our visit was the 1 1/2 hour tour of the John Deere plant.  The amount of robots throughout the plant was amazing.  500 employees under the roof of a 21 acre building was impressive. Once again, the plant does not allow photos, so you'll have to believe me, it was a great tour.  Next stop Ames, Iowa.

Roller Derby
Push-Up Brawlers vs. Outlaws

Sullivan Brothers-Iowa Vets Museum
General Debbie in her Tank

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