I was startled to see Pella Iowa mentioned in Maureeen Dowd’s colume last Sunday in the NY Times. She was in Pella covering the Republican contenders for the party nomination in the 2012 election. I was especially delighted to learn that she had witnessed Mitt Romney‘s hair move!
I’m going to be spending the night in Pella which is near Oskaloosa and Rose Hill where my great great grandparents Calvin Jones Jackson and Eliza Hood Jackson raised their family. My father was raised by their daughter, Alice Lillian Jackson Sherer. I decided to stay in Pella because it had a motel. I never dreamed it was the city of choice for the Republican contenders to delight and entertain their Iowan supporters.
I begin my big trip soon and have plotted an itinerary that takes me from Seattle via Mackay Idaho, Pella and points south over a 6 week period. I will need to call upon all my resources to complete this adventure and am both anxious and excited. I hope to learn a lot about my parents lives and am open to new experiences. I hope you’ll follow along with me!