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

“Their Spirits Will Watch Over You While You Are Here…”

Effigy Mounds National Monument-Harpers Ferry, IA: Allamakee County (Our 48th County) On a mission to a festival in nearby Garnavillo, IA, we found ourselves visiting one of Iowa’s most sacred areas. We had plans throughout Clayton County, but there is always time to stop and explore one of our nation’s national monuments. Near the small town… Continue reading “Their Spirits Will Watch Over You While You Are Here…”

Iowa State Parks · Southwest Iowa

Iowa State Parks-A Quick Dip at Lake of Three Fires

Lake of Three Fires State Park-Bedford, IA: Taylor County (Our 33rd County!) You’ve see those brown signs on the side of the road as you’re road tripping through Iowa, pointing to public areas. How many times have you passed them and wondered what was just a few miles down the road. “Maybe some other time” you… Continue reading Iowa State Parks-A Quick Dip at Lake of Three Fires

East Iowa · Family Adventures · Iowa State Parks · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Al Capone and The Mines of Spain

Dubuque, IA: Dubuque County Conquering the Mississippi River is no easy task. That’s why it takes multiple trips of exploring, discovery, and a lot of reconnaissance. It’s a good thing Team Goodvin is more than capable to continue this mission. We’ve made the Dubuque County loop before and we’re back to pick up where we left… Continue reading Al Capone and The Mines of Spain

#RAGBRAI · Grownup Getaways · Iowa State Parks · South Central Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI 2016: Lakeside in Leon

Leon, IA: Decatur County (Our 28th County!) Here we go again, riders! Our RAGBRAI-2015 scouting series was so successful, we said “RAGBRAI-2016….Hell yea! Let’s do it again!” Needless to say we had a blast last year visiting all the overnight towns on the Register’s-Annual-Great-Bike-Ride-Across-Iowa. We had absolutely no doubt that 2016 would be just as amazing. Part 1 of… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI 2016: Lakeside in Leon

East Central Iowa · Iowa State Parks

Iowa State Parks-Pleasant Creek Booty

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Arera-Palo, IA: Linn County You see that? That’s sunlight…..And it’s sticking around longer and longer. Which means our collective derrieres are getting out to our state parks and exploring Iowa’s great outdoors. We go exploring! It’s a good day to get muddy and get art supplies. Yes, you heard me. You can go… Continue reading Iowa State Parks-Pleasant Creek Booty

Iowa State Parks · Southeast Iowa

Iowa State Parks-Geode Springs to Life

Geode State Park- Danville, IA: Des Moines County (Our 26th County) Gone is the harshness of the late winter months and now we start to set our sights on the great Iowa outdoors more and more. The Midwestern landscapes will soon be showing their life with endless greenery, but Team Goodvin was able to discover the beginning of… Continue reading Iowa State Parks-Geode Springs to Life

East Central Iowa · Iowa State Parks

Iowa State Parks-Lake Macbride’s Raptor Invasion

Lake Macbride State Park-Solon, IA: Johnson County Let’s be honest. We in Iowa love our state parks and look forward to visiting them whenever we can. For most, that whenever part means when the weather breaks and the mercury is moving north. However, our state DNR works very hard at showcasing these great destinations all year… Continue reading Iowa State Parks-Lake Macbride’s Raptor Invasion