Winterset, Iowa? Is this some tiny, sleepy, farm town? No, we were shocked to find out what a popular place it is! Once again we headed out onto the highway in a snow/ice storm to drive four hours to Winterset for Nose Work. It was a total shock when we found out how famous Winterset is!
I had two trials on Sunday, so imagine the surprise when we learned we were in Madison County, Iowa! It seems like I was destined to do nose work in this place! Bailie was just along to be my cheerleader, but she wanted to explore some of the fun stuff we found out about too. Luckily, in between my trials, we had time to take a drive and see some sights. Unfortunately, the visitor center is closed on Sundays.
Touring Fun In Winterset
Mom and Gramma always talk about a store called Ben Franklin and how these stores are all gone. Well, evidently, they still exist, at least in Winterset. Everything was closed because it was a Sunday, but we still wanted to get a photo of this store.
It was nice to be out stretching our legs, but it was super icy on the sidewalks, so we didn’t walk around too much. Bailie found this cool bench with the back made from a Chevy pick up gate to sit on. Pretty cool idea if you like pick up trucks.
Madison County has a few wineries, and they are famous for covered bridges, The Bridges of Madison County. We decided to visit one or two of these bridges since we had time. Hard to believe, we got to the first one and it was all torn down! Next we tried to get to another one just a few miles away, but it was going to be a rough dirt road, and none of us were up for that kind of a journey. No covered bridges for us this trip.
The biggest draw for Winterset is the birth place of a guy named John Wayne. Bailie and I don’t know of him, but Mom says he was super famous. Even the main street in town in named after him. This weekend we will be visiting a John Deere, but Mom says the two John guys have nothing to do with each other.
At one end of town, there is a John Wayne museum. Naturally, it was Sunday, and it was not open when we were there. This is a popular place! Over a million visitors have traveled to historic Winterset to tour the birthplace of John Wayne. President Ronald Reagan, movie legend Maureen O’Hara, and fans from fifty states and forty countries have come here to see the museum, and John’s birth home.
The most important photo of all is the one taken on the steps of the house John Wayne was born in. Such a tiny little house with four rooms, right on the corner. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907. To think we found all these things by accident! Mom needs to research our destinations better before we travel.
My Nose Work Trials
If that wasn’t enough excitement, I also earned my first nose work element title. I had trouble with containers, but Mom knew that would be tough for our team. Exteriors was much better, and I passed all four searches earning my L1E, Level 1 Exterior Title. Can you tell I’m pretty proud of my new title? My sisters both earned there Level 1 Vehicle Titles first and Exteriors last, so now I am blazing my own fresh trail.
Bailie’s friend Hydro was also at the trial cheering for his sister. They wanted to take a photo together. The two of them practiced tracking together and got their TD titles together a few years ago.
Now it’s on to the next trial weekend. It looks like better weather for traveling, finally.
Not sure how nature like this post is, but we are out and about. Our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard are hosting the nature Friday blog hop and we are hooking up.