Family Adventures · South Central Iowa

The Christmas Return to Ottumwa-Part 2 of 2

Ottumwa, IA: Wapello County The yuletide season was just getting warmed up on our visit, and we had a lot of memorable moments ahead including another round of tasty meals. Breakfast on the ground floor of Hotel Ottumwa was up to bat!   2nd Street Cafe has the all the butter, syrup, pancakes, sausage, and cinnamon… Continue reading The Christmas Return to Ottumwa-Part 2 of 2

Family Adventures · South Central Iowa

The Christmas Return to Ottumwa-Part 1 of 2

Ottumwa, IA: Wapello County The holiday season is nearing its peak and that doesn’t mean anyone in the Ottumwa area will be slowing down when it comes to jolly ‘ole times in southern Iowa. We’ve made a few trips here and each one produces memorable moments like what you’re going to see in our recent… Continue reading The Christmas Return to Ottumwa-Part 1 of 2

Family Adventures · Iowa Food · Potluck Crashing · South Central Iowa

Potluck Crashing: Clear Creek BBQ CookOff-The Ultimate Church Supper

Harper, IA: Keokuk County We get invited to a lot of places and we make an honest to goodness attempt to visit as many areas we can here on The Iowa Gallivant. When someone calls and asks if I’d like to judge a BBQ cook-off I usually come running at full speed leaving dust behind me like in… Continue reading Potluck Crashing: Clear Creek BBQ CookOff-The Ultimate Church Supper

#RAGBRAI · South Central Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI-2018: Sigourney w/ Extra Syrup & 47 Years of Expert Pizza

Sigourney, Iowa: Keokuk County What will you be filling up on during RAGBRAI? I know we say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and when you’re peddling across Iowa, it’s even more important. Let’s get right to this meal as we scout Overnight #6! Pass the syrup, Sigourney. Carb-Up/Protein-Up   Travel Iowa… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-2018: Sigourney w/ Extra Syrup & 47 Years of Expert Pizza

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

Iowa’s Wurst Road Trip: Casing Keota

Keota, IA: Keokuk County By now you’ve noticed that we have found quite a few “links” to our recent travels on Iowa’s Wurst Road Trip. Our headquarters are in Iowa City and we have come to realize how many amazing local meat lockers are in Iowa and within and hour from our home. Keota Meat Processing fits into… Continue reading Iowa’s Wurst Road Trip: Casing Keota

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

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

Four Legged Heroes- Iowa’s Only Mule Cemetery

Oskaloosa, IA: Mahaska County (Our 56th County!) We have been making more efforts to visit, support, and write about Iowa’s treasured county museums and I’m telling you that it’s no chore at all. Especially when they’re off the beaten path like in Mahaska County. We at The Iowa Gallivant take a detour on just about every road trip… Continue reading Four Legged Heroes- Iowa’s Only Mule Cemetery