Last we week we went to the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. The State Fair is a mix of Messe, Kirmes, Ausstellung, Schützenfest, Jahrmarkt, Volksfest and more. There are many contests and races for all age groups. Of course, there is also good food. Many people come every year and meet old friends here. I hope the photos help you understand some of the things we saw.
The very large arch in Saint Louis is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It is run by the National Park Service and tells about the history and growth of the United States west of the Mississippi River. The Arch is a symbol of the gateway to the American West. Many of the people who settled the prairies and far west began their trip in Saint Louis. Work on the Arch was begun in 1963 and it was finished in 1965. It is 192 meters high. We rode in a smaIl car to the top. It was very rainy the day we were there, so our photos are not so good. If you want to see more photos or read more information, look at the web page for the park: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
Many Europeans think that New York is just a city, but it is also a state. The northern part is called Upstate New York. Our friends showed us around the area for one day. It is a very beautiful place. The old Erie canal runs through here. There are state parks with waterfalls and there are also many vineyards. The most beautiful part is the "Finger Lakes" area with long, thin lakes that look like fingers. We also a cheese making place.
Last week we had a long drive from Maryland to Indiana. We stopped in southwest Pennsylvania for the night. There is a very famous house in the woods that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is called Falling Water, because it is built over a waterfall. The outside terraces are as big as the inside of the house. We took a tour, but couldn't take photos of the inside, so I hope you enjoy the photos of the outside.