But we arrived on a Sunday at Coralville Lake, north of Iowa City, and had our pick of sites. Since this is another Corps of Engineers lake, it's cheap enough even with electric.
As I mentioned previously, we had been seeing some minor flooding on our way across Iowa and Coralville Lake had its share with some sites under water.
The water was pretty close to the top of the emergency spillway, but we were told it was actually receding.
We went to the visitors center and found there is something very special about this spillway. Only twice since the dam was built in 1958 have flood waters flowed over the spillway, in 1993 and 2008. The 1993 overflow continued for 28 days and carved out the Devonian Fossil Gorge below the spillway. Fossils from 359 to 416 million years ago were exposed in the limestone. And they're everywhere!
Hexagonaria, a fossil coral
Stalk of a Crinoid - an animal that lived attached to the sea floor.
I couldn't find an exact match to this one in the literature.
Like I said, they're everywhere. It's really pretty cool.
Our last stop in Iowa was at the HWH factory where we had a little work done on one of our jacks. They have spots for the customers to stay overnight and even offer electricity.
While there, we dashed over to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. On the grounds is the house where he was born in 1874.
Although I think the modern presidents have more elaborate presidential libraries, it was very informative and well done. We learned that he earned his wealth as a mining engineer and was acclaimed as 'the Great Humanitarian' because of his work organizing relief efforts for 57 nations over the course of his career. Then he had the misfortune to be elected president right before the stock market crash and was blamed for the Great Depression.
My favorite Hoover quote - Fishing was a lesson in democracy because all men are equal before God and before fish.