After spending the summer at the lake in northern MN, and a few weeks visiting family and friends, we are headed to AZ.
We will be stopping to do some tourist stuff on our way. Our first stop is the Grotto of Redemption, located in West Bend Iowa. It is a collection of nine grottos depicting scenes from the life of Jesus. Made of of rocks and minerals, this grotto was built by Father Paul Dobberstein and took 42 years to complete. Believed to be the largest grotto in the world, it is also the world's most comprehensive man-made collection of rocks and minerals.
Father Paul Dobberstein was a German Immigrant ordained in 1897. He became ill and promised to build a shrine to the Virgin Mary if she interceded for him. After his recovery he started stock piling rocks and precious stones from around the world. Construction of the Grotto begun in 1912.
We are spending the night in the campground adjoined to the Grotto. Not sure what our next stop will be, but Mike always seems to find new places to visit.