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99 Counties-99 Proposals: Moment #1, Palo Alto County

West Bend, IA: Palo Alto County It was the first full on autumn day of the season and we were in the tail end of our 4 day trip to NW-Iowa. The idea of proposing to my wife came a couple days prior and she smiled when I ran the idea past her. Let’s just… Continue reading 99 Counties-99 Proposals: Moment #1, Palo Alto County

East Iowa · Family Adventures · Iowa Icons · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa

Iowa Icons-Hot on the Cody Trail

Princeton, IA: Scott County Autumn road tripping is officially in season and we have already had some unbelievably gorgeous weather with more to come. Iowa is peppered with scenic byways, historic trails, and off the beaten path gems, and Scott County has all of these. Just a short drive from the Quad Cities and the… Continue reading Iowa Icons-Hot on the Cody Trail

Family Adventures · Museums and History · Northeast Iowa

Bravest & Wettest Meet at Rowley Days

Rowley, IA: Buchanan County (Our 64th County) No matter the town and no matter the size of that town, they’re sure to be having a gathering or two at some point during the year. Iowa’s small towns can produce some great reasons to get out and explore our homeland and all you have to do is… Continue reading Bravest & Wettest Meet at Rowley Days

Family Adventures · Museums and History · North Central Iowa · Roadside Iowa

A Beautiful Wrong Turn-A Park Frozen in Time

Fertile, IA: Worth County (Our 63rd County) The GPS can be a great tool, but when you have no plans or reason to get home at a certain time than I highly suggest turning it off when gallivanting. We had a mission to give Mason City a look-see when we left the Buddy Holly Crash Site and headed… Continue reading A Beautiful Wrong Turn-A Park Frozen in Time

#RAGBRAI · Family Adventures · Museums and History · North Central Iowa · Outdoors All Year · Roadside Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI-Lake Time…Sweet, Sweet Clear Lake Time

  Clear Lake, IA: Cerro Gordo County If you’ve been following The Iowa Gallivant you’ve seen the treks we’ve been on all year and beyond. This RAGBRAI-2017 project started in March with Algona and ends with one of America’s most historic lake towns. We have made it! Here’s the last scouting trip we have for you, RAGBRAI.… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-Lake Time…Sweet, Sweet Clear Lake Time

Family Adventures · Iowa Food · Museums and History · Northwest Iowa

The Land Where Its Always Sundae

Le Mars, IA: Plymouth County (Our 61st County) Corn, pork, soy beans, beef, eggs. What are Iowa’s most well known food producers….I’ll take Iowa Rockstars for $1,000, Alex. If that’s never been a Jeopardy category, then it should be! I’d like to add another Iowa staple to that list because there’s a magical land in the Northwestern… Continue reading The Land Where Its Always Sundae

East Central Iowa · Family Adventures · Museums and History · Unincorporated Iowa

Iowa Repurposed-Bank Failure Turned to Beauty

Downey, IA: Cedar County I’ve been driving past and occasionally driving through the unincorporated town of Downey for many years which is just a few minutes from the town of West Branch. Once to pick up a couch from a friend. Another time to see fresh tornado damage. And recently to see an old abandon… Continue reading Iowa Repurposed-Bank Failure Turned to Beauty