99 Proposals in 99 Counties · Central Iowa · Grownup Getaways · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits

99 Counties-99 Proposals: Moment #5 in Boone County

*I have a goal to propose to my wife in all 99 Iowa counties. It will take long time and that’s okay because I’m counting on having many decades to complete it. Writing is a true passion and I can’t imagine having The Iowa Gallivant without Monie by my side the whole time.  Boone &… Continue reading 99 Counties-99 Proposals: Moment #5 in Boone County

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Stuffing the Stockings & Iowa Feasting: Boone For the Holidays Part 2 of 2

Boone & Madrid, IA: Boone County You need a great meal….I mean meals…and you also need a beautiful state park, local wine, premium hotel room, and a place that has more Christmas cheer than Rudolph, Bing Crosby and Clark W. Griswold have combined. We found it and rolled in it like the first snow angel of… Continue reading Stuffing the Stockings & Iowa Feasting: Boone For the Holidays Part 2 of 2

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Dutch Goodies, Biscuits & Santa’s Train: Boone For the Holidays Part 1 of 2

Boone, IA: Boone County (Our 79th County!) If there is anything I’ve learned in our Midwest travels it is that communities know how to make a family feel at home without even trying. Boone, Iowa, is no exception and we had the feeling of being home for the holidays all weekend long. As you know, we don’t… Continue reading Dutch Goodies, Biscuits & Santa’s Train: Boone For the Holidays Part 1 of 2

Central Iowa · Iowa Food · Iowa's Wurst Road Trip

Iowa’s Wurst Road Trip: Casing Sully

Sully, IA: Jasper County Juicy, tender, succulent, beefy, gourmet….. all words that I use very often on Iowa’s Wurst Road Trip and all these words come to mind when I think of Sully, Iowa. That’s due to the family owned institution simply known as Sully Locker & Market! Here’s what made it to the table of Team… Continue reading Iowa’s Wurst Road Trip: Casing Sully

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Game On at the Gateway!

*Our stay at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center was complimentary. The opinions expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s gallivant! Ames, IA: Story County Sports! Sports! Sports! I had to get that out because this guy loves August and the beginning of college football season! Ames knows how to bring… Continue reading Game On at the Gateway!

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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