At first glance you might think this was in some place OTHER than Iowa. After all, Iowa is the land of corn fields, flat land, farms and just wide open spaces. At least that is the perception. The reality is actually much different depending upon where you are in the state, but let's not get into that today.
This particular lake is located northwest of Des Moines and was created as part of an overall flood control project. The Des Moines River is close by and this lake of about 900 acres in a 3,500 acre park was created to protect a nearby town from routine flooding.
This lake flows into a large reservoir that was created on the Des Moines River before it gets into Des Moines and several towns downstream.
The weather here has been a bit cloudy and wet -- but that is okay since our area is in serious need of rain. The ground is way too dry.
Driving through this area I almost felt like I was some place far away - but I was still able to get home in a few minutes. That was nice.
I hope the sun and warm weather returns soon. The rain is needed but the sun is always nice to see and makes life seem a bit more fun.