Gallivant Milestones and Moments

Our 1st Anniversary-Thank You, Iowa!

This one is for you, Iowa!  https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/12/21/the-gallivants-2014-top-20-some-of-the-most-memorable-moments-experiences-of-our-year-in-iowa/
This one is for you, Iowa!
https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/12/21/the-gallivants-2014-top-20-some-of-the-most-memorable-moments-experiences-of-our-year-in-iowa/

July 11th, 2014. Sitting on the patio of The High Ground Cafe in Iowa City’s historic Northside, I began typing on my IPad. Just a few paragraphs later I clicked on “publish” in the lower right hand corner of the screen and less than a second later, The Iowa Gallivant came to life. A year has past and the first headline I typed came true in so many ways. “You’re going to make this Iowa thing happen….”

Yup....I have the candle turned around. It's July and that whip cream is melting so let's just move-on. The High Ground Cafe in Iowa City. Where history is made..... https://www.facebook.com/highgroundcafe?fref=ts
Yup….I have the candle turned around. It’s July and that whip cream is melting so let’s just move-on. The High Ground Cafe in Iowa City. Where history is made…..
https://www.facebook.com/highgroundcafe?fref=ts

The Iowa Gallivant started out with touring local produce stands throughout the county, staying close with the pursuit of Herky on Parade, and seeking local art in downtown Iowa City. We traveled to Corning, IA to reconnect with family and made it through our first camping trip. Our blog was becoming a memorable summertime project.

The most welcoming site of an Iowa summer you can possibly ask for.  https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/07/28/the-cornbelt-is-in-season/
The most welcoming sight during an Iowa summer you can possibly ask for.
https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/07/28/the-cornbelt-is-in-season/

We were getting a handful of views and enjoyed the encouraging comments coming in. The state of Iowa was in the midst of a major campaign to boost tourism and we were happy to be doing our part. Then Sabula happen. A quick day trip to a small island community on the Mississippi River turned out to be our big break. The post went up and in less than a week we saw literally thousands of views coming into the Iowa Gallivant. We then knew that we were on to something and out came the calendar and a list of “must-visit” Iowa destinations started to fill up our schedules.

Jackson County's island gem. Sabula, IA. The town that put The Iowa Gallivant on the travel blogging map! https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/08/18/pirates-of-the-mississippi-discovering-iowas-only-island-community-and-a-journey-through-the-woods-for-bbq/
Jackson County’s island gem. Sabula, IA. The town that put The Iowa Gallivant on the travel blogging map!
https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/08/18/pirates-of-the-mississippi-discovering-iowas-only-island-community-and-a-journey-through-the-woods-for-bbq/

Since last July, we’ve experience Iowa in our our unique way. We’ve played, eaten, searched for history, explored and discovered. We’ve showcased dozens of communities in 23 counties and met hundreds of the greatest personalities that Iowa has to offer.

The best characters can be found in Iowa. This is why we come back year after year. The meat cutters know how to prepare the food and have a good time too! And those are the first hotdog bunny ears I've ever seen! At the Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse in Amana, IA.  https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/08/24/part-1-of-the-spirits-of-iowa-if-youre-not-at-the-millstream-brewing-company-then-what-are-you-doing/
The best characters can be found in Iowa! At the Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse in Amana, IA.
https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/08/24/part-1-of-the-spirits-of-iowa-if-youre-not-at-the-millstream-brewing-company-then-what-are-you-doing/
We've had a lot of laughs along the way! https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/12/07/forecast-frigid-iowas-oldest-restaurant-and-the-aquarium-to-the-rescue/
We’ve had a lot of laughs along the way! At the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, IA. 
https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/12/07/forecast-frigid-iowas-oldest-restaurant-and-the-aquarium-to-the-rescue/
We also shed a few tears in our travels. Pictured is an old coffee can birdhouse made by our grandmother. All that remains of the once proud Goodvin farm in Adams County, Iowa. https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/08/06/i-had-no-idea-a-coal-miners-reunion-was-on-my-bucket-list-check-that-one-off/
We also shed a few tears in our travels. Pictured is an old coffee can birdhouse made by our grandmother. All that remains of the once proud Goodvin farm in Adams County, Iowa.
https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/08/06/i-had-no-idea-a-coal-miners-reunion-was-on-my-bucket-list-check-that-one-off/
Iowa has produced some of the best meals we've ever had anywhere. Like this one at the Ladora Bank Bistro in Ladora, IA. https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/05/29/an-iowa-county-meal-you-can-bank-on-ladoras-epicurean-rise/
Iowa has produced some of the best meals we’ve ever had anywhere. Like this one at the Ladora Bank Bistro in Ladora, IA.
https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/05/29/an-iowa-county-meal-you-can-bank-on-ladoras-epicurean-rise/
We took welcomed out of state visitors from Indiana, Arizona and family from Texas to join our gallivant.  https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/06/02/village-hopping-part-1-of-2-chief-black-hawk-the-banks-of-bentonsport/
We welcomed out-of-state visitors from Indiana and Arizona and family from Texas to join our Gallivant. Memorial Day weekend in Van Buren County.
https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/06/02/village-hopping-part-1-of-2-chief-black-hawk-the-banks-of-bentonsport/
And partied locally with family in our Hills, IA headquarters. https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/07/07/where-town-country-meet-your-next-independence-day-destination/
And partied locally with family in our Hills, IA headquarters.
https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/07/07/where-town-country-meet-your-next-independence-day-destination/
Monie and JayJay even managed to get some Monie and JayJay time during our 8 part series scouting the RAGBRAI overnights. https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/02/09/scouting-ragbrai-part-1-of-8-24-hours-inside-iowa-river-landing/
Monie and JayJay even managed to get some Monie and JayJay time during our 8 part series  of scouting the RAGBRAI overnights. Beer break at Iowa River Landing in Coralville, IA.
https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/02/09/scouting-ragbrai-part-1-of-8-24-hours-inside-iowa-river-landing/
Being with friends and watching them defy gravity.....kinda. https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/06/14/no-jump-till-brooklyn-iowa-diving-lessons-mastered-brisket-in-the-community-of-flags/
Being with friends and watching them defy gravity…..kinda. Brooklyn, IA from 20,000 feet.
https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/06/14/no-jump-till-brooklyn-iowa-diving-lessons-mastered-brisket-in-the-community-of-flags/

On behalf of Team Goodvin, I thank the entire Hawkeye State. Not only do we love Iowa, but we also enjoy it and most importantly, respect our home state. The Iowa Gallivant would not be the success that it has become without the proud Iowans that make the Heartland great. We recognize the countless volunteers that put in their own time to assure we and so many visitors have an enjoyable time. Each day, they are logging thousands of combined hours from large festivals, events and fairs to solo posts in visitors centers and historical museums. We are forever grateful to the local chambers, CVBs, and tourism associations that put in their time to plan for our trips and made sure we were taken care of and helped our blog grow faster than we ever expected. It’s only been a year, folks. The Iowa Gallivant is just getting warmed up!

Team Goodvin in LeClaire, IA. https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/02/22/sneaky-cody-pickers-late-february-in-leclaire/
Team Goodvin in LeClaire, IA.
https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/02/22/sneaky-cody-pickers-late-february-in-leclaire/

Click on the link below and read The Iowa Gallivant’s first ever blog post!

https://theiowagallivant.com/2014/07/11/youre-going-to-make-this-iowa-thing-happen/

Please take to visit…….

http://www.easterniowatourism.org/
http://www.easterniowatourism.org/
http://www.iowatourism.com/
http://www.iowatourism.com/
http://www.visitwesterniowa.com/
http://www.visitwesterniowa.com/
http://www.traveliowa.com/ https://www.facebook.com/IowaTourism?fref=ts https://twitter.com/Travel_Iowa
http://www.traveliowa.com/
https://www.facebook.com/IowaTourism?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/Travel_Iowa

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