They say the best laid plans are those laid aside? This morning I got up with every intention of visiting Aquarius Books, but after tooling away an hour or so sipping latte and examining the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain (shown above), I was itching to hit the road and decided to save Aquarius for the trip back.

I really hate to say it, but I’m not sure Des Moines, Iowa was worth the rush. I’ve found bits and pieces of charm here and there, such as the displays in Gary’s Depot in Valley Junction (was sorely tempted to take that pink blender home with me)…



After the Junction, I ventured toward Jordan Creek Mall and stumbled upon what appeared to be a trendy little strip mall area, called West Glenn, right next to a Drury Inn. The inn is beautiful and I’m sure West Glenn is destined for greatness, but apparently it just changed owners and is in the process of being revitalized, so for now it’s mostly deserted and a little sad.

Maybe a little more/better planning would have helped this time out. Also, that thing about the early bird and the worm? Not so much today!

In any event, I’ve decided to make the best of it. I saw a little sushi bar nearby and am getting ready to check that out for dinner, then I’m planning to camp out with my art journal and some of the goodies I found in KC MO yesterday – just the kind of quiet night I love!

Tomorrow, I head for Wisconsin and my final destination!! But will spend at least a little time planning tonight so I can be sure to get a measured dose of pre-retreat adventure.