Family Adventures · Roadside Iowa · Southeast Iowa

Up to Our Necks in Harvest Season

Donnellson, IA: Lee County This is the one time I may encourage you to put The Iowa Gallivant down and get on the road immediately. Because Southeast-Iowa’s premier pumpkin patch is only open through Halloween until they flip the property for the upcoming holidays! Go-Go-Go! Harvestville Farm had the goods….and gourds. The selection is still second to none here… Continue reading Up to Our Necks in Harvest Season

Family Adventures · Northwest Iowa · Roadside Iowa

Someday Everest-First Hawkeye Point

Sibley, IA: Osceola County (Our 69th County) Roadside America comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and elevations. Through all the back roads, miles on top of miles of wanted and unwanted detours, you will always find the historic landmarks of our country. Team Goodvin inched our way down the gravel, past the farms, and, surrounded by the… Continue reading Someday Everest-First Hawkeye Point

99 Proposals in 99 Counties · Family Adventures · Museums and History · Northwest Iowa · Roadside Iowa

99 Counties-99 Proposals: Moment #1 in 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 in 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

2017 Best Between Bread · Iowa Food · Roadside Iowa · South Central Iowa

The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 45, Decatur City

Decatur City, IA: Decatur County It’s that old story that you’ve heard so many times before. You see a diner you’re partial to in Ellsworth, Kansas, and you decide to buy it, load it on a huge trailer and reopen it in rural Iowa. Yup….That story was a first for us too. While cruising Route… Continue reading The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 45, Decatur City

2017 Best Between Bread · East Iowa · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits · Roadside Iowa

The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 41, Walcott

Walcott, IA: Scott County Just off of Interstate 80 and right next to the world’s largest truck stop is Gramma’s Kitchen and a menu that would be grandma approved by many. That’s right folks, it’s homemade here with a touch of a little more homemade and at the end they to add more homemade. Sometimes staying ON the… Continue reading The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 41, Walcott

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. Overnight… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-Lake Time…Sweet, Sweet Clear Lake Time

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

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

2017 Best Between Bread · East Central Iowa · Iowa Food · Roadside Iowa · Unincorporated Iowa

The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 29, Sutliff

Sutliff, IA: Johnson County We’ve been to Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern many times and this is our second time writing about it. Only the most memorable of places find their way on to The Iowa Gallivant and this is one of our favorite day trips from our headquarters in Hills, IA. I ordered a sandwich I haven’t had… Continue reading The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 29, Sutliff