Sunday, June 26, 2022

Back on the road, Matchstick Marvels and camping in the Prairie Flower Recreation Area, Iowa

We left Martha's Dad's place at 8:30 AM and were soon driving through Minnesota on our way to Iowa and tonight and tomorrow's campsite in the Prairie Flower Recreation Area.

It's another Army Corps of Engineers campground, with electrical hookups and water nearby.  

We drove most of the day, pausing only to check out the Matchsticks Marvels Museum and to briefly visit with friends of Martha's family in Marshalltown, IA.

I was quite impressed with the attention to detail and work that went into each of the displays at the museum!  Definitely a labor of love as I can't imagine the return on time investment was realized by the artist on each model.  

It's a small museum so only a few of the over 70 matchstick replicas are on display at a time.  Here's a few that caught my eye, the info sheet following each tells you a bit about the object and what it took to create it.

This beautiful sailing ship was my favorite:

The above are just a few of the models created by Mr Acton.  Check out the website for more models and accompanying pictures:  LINK

Of course, if you find yourself near Gladbrook, IA, stop and visit, it's only $5 to get in!

Here's a pic of our campsite for the next day or so:

All pics taken with Pixel 4a camera phone.


SonjaM said...

An amazing exercise in dexterity, skill and patience. No hobby for me, as I am especially lacking in the latter ;-)

redlegsrides said...

I believe I'm lacking in all three, SonjaM.....