Family Adventures · Iowa Food · Potluck Crashing · South Central Iowa

Potluck Crashing: Clear Creek BBQ CookOff-The Ultimate Church Supper

Harper, IA: Keokuk County We get invited to a lot of places and we make an honest to goodness attempt to visit as many areas we can here on The Iowa Gallivant. When someone calls and asks if I’d like to judge a BBQ cook-off I usually come running at full speed leaving dust behind me like in… Continue reading Potluck Crashing: Clear Creek BBQ CookOff-The Ultimate Church Supper

Gallivanting with Linder Tire Service · Museums and History · Southwest Iowa

Raised in the Adams County Jail

Another great trip sponsored by Linder Tire Service here on The Iowa Gallivant! Corning, IA: Adams County Think of all the stories you’ve heard about childhood homes. Did anyone ever say “After we ate breakfast, Mom would pack our lunch and then feed the inmates their county funded meal….”? Not too many of us, but if you lived… Continue reading Raised in the Adams County Jail

#RAGBRAI · Central Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI-2018: Chocolaty, Cheesy, Caffeinated & Cupcake’d Legends of Ames

Ames, IA: Story County School is coming early this year, thanks to RAGBRAI, and thousands on this year’s route are saying bring it on! Our eighth trip, for 2018, is Overnight #4 and we found one legend after another and you will too in just days. Every craving can be quenched in Ames from sun up… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-2018: Chocolaty, Cheesy, Caffeinated & Cupcake’d Legends of Ames

#RAGBRAI · Central Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI 2018: Rollin’ Into the Drive-In for the Overnight in Newton

Newton, IA: Jasper County The overnights on this year’s RAGBRAI tour keep getting more and more unique with every place we visit. What’s that “one” thing that sticks out more than anything? What’s that “I may never experience this again” moment you’ve had in year’s past during this event? Whether it’s your first time on RAGBRAI… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI 2018: Rollin’ Into the Drive-In for the Overnight in Newton

Family Adventures · Lodging in Iowa · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · West Central Iowa

The Towering Lauritsen Lodge: County of Audubon-Part 3

*Our stay at the Lauritsen Lodge was complimentary. The opinions expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s get back to gallivanting! Exira, IA: Audubon County Lauritsen Lodge is one of the most unique landmarks you will see in Audubon County and it’s right next to one of Iowa’s most unique roadside wonders.… Continue reading The Towering Lauritsen Lodge: County of Audubon-Part 3

#RAGBRAI · South Central Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI-2018: Sigourney w/ Extra Syrup & 47 Years of Expert Pizza

Sigourney, Iowa: Keokuk County What will you be filling up on during RAGBRAI? I know we say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and when you’re peddling across Iowa, it’s even more important. Let’s get right to this meal as we scout Overnight #6! Pass the syrup, Sigourney. Carb-Up/Protein-Up   Travel Iowa… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-2018: Sigourney w/ Extra Syrup & 47 Years of Expert Pizza

Lodging in Iowa

Downtown Iowa City with a “Vue” at the Hilton Garden Inn

*Our stay at the Hilton Garden Inn was complimentary. The opinions in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant! Iowa City, IA: Johnson County How many times have you requested a room with a view? Thanks to the new Hilton Garden Inn near the University of Iowa campus and overlooking exciting Downtown Iowa… Continue reading Downtown Iowa City with a “Vue” at the Hilton Garden Inn