The place in Iowa where they are going is called Des Moines, and it's the capital of the entire state of Iowa, so there is a State Capitol Building that has a shiny gold dome on it. But Mom is not going to the capitol building. She is going to the cactus show, which will be at the Merle Hay Shopping Mall. Of course, there will be cacti there to buy, so Mom will probably buy some, even though she doesn't need any more plants because she just bought some last weekend. But Mom is silly like that, so I am sure she will bring home some plants.
Oh, and guess what. Mom looked through the whole list of stores at the Merle Hay Mall, and there is not a single Petco or PetsMart there, so she can't even buy us dogs any treats while she is there. Which I think is a very sad state of affairs.
|The capitol with the fancy gold dome|
In French, des moines means "the monks" or "of the monks." And that is what the early French explorers called the river. But there weren't really any monks around at the time, which makes you wonder what those French guys were thinking. Well, this historian named Virgil Vogel wondered the same thing, so he did a bunch of research, and he found out there used to be a group of Illinois Indians who were called "Moingona," and this name means "people by the portage." Which was a good name for them because they lived near the Des Moines Rapids. So Mr. Vogel thought maybe the French explorers and mapmakers started calling the river Des Moines because it was easier for them to spell and pronounce than "Moingona."
|The Raccoon River, but without any raccoons|
Well, I have to get ready to go to Pooches' Paradise now. I wish I didn't have to go there. I wish I could just stay home and have Mom stay home, too. But Mom says she is not going away again for a long, long time, like at least until next year. So that makes me feel a little better.