The title of this posting may sound quite boring, but I must say that John and I had a very interesting day in this town. We knew that the temperature would get even higher today than yesterday (it did get to 89 degrees today). Our plan was just to spend the majority of our day at the Des Moines Art Center. But as it was still cool early in the morning, we took a side trip to the "strikingly modern civic center" (so described in our AAA Tour Book). I do believe that we saw a more impressive building at Madison Wisconsin's convention center. In a plaza near the civic center of Des Moines we were to find waterfalls, a reflecting pool and "Crusoe Umbrella" a sculpture by Chaes Oldenberg. The waterfalls had not been turned on yet, but we did find the umbrella sculpture.