Day trips

Denton came home from school and told me his teacher had told him about the STEM Science Fair at Iowa State University. He is always mad at me because we never go anywhere. He’s  8 years old and never even been out of state! Who knew that was so important? So, since we were waiting on hay to dry, I took him.


There was a lot of really neat things to see and do. For those of you who, like me, don’t know, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We got to see the plastics and metal 3D printers. It was quite interesting! We also got to check out a wide variety of other projects, from foods to robots. I will be honest, I think I had as much fun and found it as interesting as Denton did.


While we were in Ames, I took Denton to a few of the buildings I had classes in, and by the place I lived while I attended ISU. He really wanted to see Jack Trice Stadium, so we swung by and took a picture of him in front of the new South End Zone Entrance. It’s really something, I haven’t been to a game yet to see it.


We also found a Cy statue and had to get a picture of it.


Then probably the best part of the day for him, Buffalo Wild Wings! They do have delicious strawberry lemonades.

A few days after the STEM fair I had a good friend contact me with a question. Did I want to use their tickets to the ISU game on Saturday? Uh…YES!! How excited was I to tell Denton that he could actually go to a game?


I even got him to wear a Cyclone shirt (he thinks he is an Iowa Hawkeye fan, I am trying to convert him) and he thought this was pretty great!


We got to see Cy the mascot, and watch former coach Dan McCarney be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which was very neat! I even got to see a couple former players I knew from my time at Iowa State.


Our seats were by the North End Zone. This is the end the players enter from.


It’s a beautiful stadium and I love being able to go and share this with Denton. This shows a little of the South End Zone. When I was a student it was just a grassy hill.


The band was pretty impressive and Denton thought the whole thing was just pretty neat. He loved jumping up and giving the guys sitting around us high fives when ISU scored.


There’s the student section. They get pretty into it, and seem to have a blast, win or lose, over there. ISU did win this one and played pretty well for a change. Over all, I would say Denton can lay off me after these days out and about!