#RAGBRAI · Family Adventures · Northeast Iowa · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Scouting RAGBRAI-The Stunning Last Day in Lansing

Lansing, IA: Allamakee County It has been decades since RAGBRAI peddled into one of Iowa’s greatest natural wonders. The diversity in every stop will show the entire fleet just how unique Iowa is in its communities. When the towering bluffs of Lansing get into sight, you’ll wonder why it has taken you so long to visit this area.… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-The Stunning Last Day in Lansing

Family Adventures · Northwest Iowa

The Last Days of Spring in Okoboji

Okoboji, IA: Dickinson County We gravitated to the Okoboji area once again this year. The first was in the last days of winter with it’s last blizzard and we hunkered down in West Okoboji and discovered the local brewery and an amazing Iowa singer. This time the last days of Spring yielded a warm weekend and the… Continue reading The Last Days of Spring in Okoboji

Family Adventures · Iowa Food · Northeast Iowa · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Getting Smoked on Father’s Day

New Albin, IA: Allamakee County We all know what a lot of Dads want for Fathers Day. Their loving family showering them with utmost respect, joy and tenderness. Mmmmmm…..Tendernesssssss. Just being around your loved ones has cured many anguishing moments you might have had. Mmmmm…..Cuuuuured. And usually, it’s Dad’s choice to pick what to do… Continue reading Getting Smoked on Father’s Day

East Central Iowa · Family Adventures · Iowa Icons · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits

A President’s Beginning & Ending

West Branch, IA: Cedar County It’s officially Iowa Museum Week as I write this and lucky for Team Goodvin we have one of the state’s most important landmarks not too far from our home. I grew up in Iowa City, which is less than 10 miles away from West Branch with all its familiar history. Now… Continue reading A President’s Beginning & Ending

#RAGBRAI · Family Adventures · Northwest Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI: Carb-Up/Coffee-Up in Spencer

Spencer, IA: Clay County (Our 60th County) RAGBRAI has an old friend hosting the bike battalions for Overnight #2 and we could tell that they just know how to RAGBRAI their town right up. Spencer is a veteran when it comes to hosting the Register’s-Annual-Great-Bike-Ride-Across-Iowa and other massive events. Not only will thousands of happy-happy joy-joy bike riders… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI: Carb-Up/Coffee-Up in Spencer

#RAGBRAI · Family Adventures · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits · Northeast Iowa · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Scouting RAGBRAI-Through the Allamakee Wilderness

Allamakee County, IA You are now reading the first “bonus” article we’ve done in our three years of Scouting RAGBRAI. For the first time there are two overnights in Allamakee County, at one time, and our recent trips to NE-Iowa revealed why the 45th trek across the state could be one of the most beautiful of its… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-Through the Allamakee Wilderness

#RAGBRAI · Family Adventures · North Central Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI-2017: Charles City’s Pizza Powerhouse, Breakfast Boss, & Camping on the Endless Riverfront

Charles City, IA: Floyd County (Our 57th County!) How does one get through a beautiful spring weekend in North Central Iowa? How about like a RAGBRAI’er by camping, making nice with the locals, and finding unforgettable food! And I just realized that I’ve been doing that my whole adult life so this scouting mission is a piece… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-2017: Charles City’s Pizza Powerhouse, Breakfast Boss, & Camping on the Endless Riverfront