|My Brother Steve at Hilltop Pool|
Our favorite place to stay was 'The Hilltop Motel' which was operated by Al and Louise Allen, good friends of our family. Clear Lake and the grounds of The Hilltop were full of places to explore: The Dairy Queen was a favorite. And there's no better meal than a foot-long hot dog after swimming all day. Just across the street was the legendary Surf Ballroom, where Buddy Holly played his last show. Although I was too young to attend concerts, I watched with great interest as bands like Tommy James & The Shondells, The Grassroots and The Guess Who all came through town to play The Surf.
|In Chicago with my son Mac (2004)|
As a dad I've thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my son on vacation. We make it to Iowa at least once a year...usually over July 4th. And this year, Mac's really excited about going to New York City for the first time. More on NYC as the trip unfolds. Until then, I hope you have a great summer that includes some vacation time with your family.