*Over 1600 feet above Iowa is Hawkeye Point. One of the state’s most well known roadside attractions, but that’s not all you can experience here. I recommend enjoying it through the night and into the next morning! Our stay at Hawkeye Point Campground was complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our… Continue reading Camping at Iowa’s Highest Point!
*We experienced this beautiful patch of the Loess Hills over the summer, but it’s available all year long. Our stay at R.T. Reese Homestead was complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant! Turin, IA: Monona County We drove through Eastern, Central, and then deep into the Western… Continue reading A Loess Hills Homestead: The Reese Cabin of Turin, Iowa
*The T-Bone Trail led us into northwest Iowa and near the Minnesota border for a large chunk of the trip and that means we had Osceola County on our radar. The feeling of life on the prairie sank in as I easily found peace in its rural terrain. Our trip to this area was sponsored… Continue reading 1670 Feet Above Sea Level: I Can See My Sibley Steak Supper From Here
Watertown, SD: Codington County (Our 1st South Dakota County) We made many stops on an 8 day stretch that went through many regions of the Midwest. A gallivant that took us through Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and eventually back to our Iowa City-HQ. We have explored many miles of Western South Dakota, and… Continue reading Campfire Tacos on South Dakota’s Pelican Lake
Crofton, NE: Knox County (Our first Nebraska County) We had a target destination and it was Medora, ND. We could have gotten there in 12 hours but in fine gallivant fashion we went through our road trip like your average paper airplane flies through a room. It’ll land where you’re aiming eventually but it’s going… Continue reading I Need a Historic Riverfront, Sunsets, & Smoked Fish Near Camp-I Need Nebraska
Medora, North Dakota: Billings County Our first trip to Medora, ND was in May of 2003 and it was the headliner of our honeymoon road trip through Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and ending in North Dakota. We spent one night at a local Motel and then tent camped in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt… Continue reading Covered Wagon Camping & Another Round of Medora Splendor
*Iowa has many county parks and we were lucky enough to receive a complementary stay at one of them. The views of Hagge County Park in this blog post are of own. Let’s gallivant this place! Sac City, IA: Sac County We had a weekend of adventure that kicked off our summertime family travels, and… Continue reading Cabins of the Counties: Sac City’s Hagge County Park
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
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
Adams County and Cass County (Our 1st and 2nd counties!) It was time to get back to Adams County, IA and show the wife and kids where the Goodvin family started its empire. Like always, we started our trek from our home in Iowa City and took our time on the 3 hour ride to Lake Icaria where… Continue reading I had no idea a coal miners reunion was on my bucket list. Check that one off!