2017 Best Between Bread · East Iowa · Historic US Route 20 · Iowa Food · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 12, Dubuque

Dubuque, IA: Dubuque County When Italian hunger strikes, you must never put it off. Even if you’re not Italian. Which I am not. That being said Dubuque Dawgs has one of Iowa’s best mouthfuls of what Chicago calls its own. However, we Iowans are partial to this combination and Illinois isn’t big enough to keep this completely on… Continue reading The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 12, Dubuque

Family Adventures · Museums and History · Northeast Iowa · Outdoors All Year · 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…”

Grownup Getaways · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits · Museums and History · Outdoors All Year · Southeast Iowa · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Keokuk, Round 3-New Beer on the Old River

Keokuk, IA: Lee County Exploring the Mud Belt along the mighty Mississippi and soaking in all of its culture is one of our favorite pastimes. The history of this region draws us in more than anything, but over the past few years, we’ve also been drawn to what’s new on Iowa’s eastern banks. You’re probably wondering… Continue reading Keokuk, Round 3-New Beer on the Old River

The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

We have a new category that makes it easier to find our articles that feature communities along the greatest river in the world. The Mississippi River stretches through some of the greatest regions our country has to offer and the best part of The Mud Belt is right here in Iowa. There is no other stretch along… Continue reading The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Family Adventures · Museums and History · Outdoors All Year · Roadside Iowa · Southeast Iowa · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Louisa’s Majesty-Endless Waterways,Woodlands, History, & an Authentic Burmese Feast

Louisa County, IA You’ve see all the signs. The shade of brown with white lettering. Turn hear to a campsite, state park, wildlife refuge, wetlands, Native American preserves, river access, lake front, hiking trail, historic landmark, memorial, river slough, boat launches, pioneer cemetery…..You’re probably saying that you have all of those in  your home county.… Continue reading Louisa’s Majesty-Endless Waterways,Woodlands, History, & an Authentic Burmese Feast

East Iowa · Family Adventures · Museums and History · Outdoors All Year · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Quad Cities ‘Booming’: New Recruits, BBQ, & A Gift From Ethiopia

Quad Cities: Scott County New tradition for Team Goodvin. We never stay in one place two years in a row on Independence Day weekend. We never stay in one place anyway! We were craving just about everything you could ask for when it came to a weekend out of town for the 4th. Great food, water… Continue reading Quad Cities ‘Booming’: New Recruits, BBQ, & A Gift From Ethiopia

Gallivant Milestones and Moments · Grownup Getaways · Museums and History · Southeast Iowa · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Keokuk: Round 2-Honored Leaders & The Grand Anne

Keokuk, IA:  Lee County Let’s go back to September 2014. Our blog only had a few posts and we still had no idea what was about to become of it. We make a little day trip to southeast Iowa and the next thing we know is we have Keokuk to thank for helping our blog… Continue reading Keokuk: Round 2-Honored Leaders & The Grand Anne

East Iowa · Family Adventures · Historic US Route 20 · Museums and History · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Forecast: Frigid-Iowa’s Oldest Restaurant and the Aquarium to the Rescue!

The Snickers Cream Pie at Breitbach’s Country Dinning in Balltown, IA!   Balltown and Dubuque, IA: Dubuque County (Our 11th County!) It was birthday weekend 2014 for two very important ladies, in Team Goodvin- Mama and the Gigi! So begins the classic story of a family that journeys to Dubuque County and Iowa’s oldest restaurant while braving… Continue reading Forecast: Frigid-Iowa’s Oldest Restaurant and the Aquarium to the Rescue!

Family Adventures · Iowa Icons · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · Southeast Iowa · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

All Roads Led to Keokuk-A Trip to One of Iowa’s Most Historic and Important Towns

Keokuk, IA and Donnellson, IA: Lee County (Our 10th County!) When professional baseball was getting warmed up, in the late 1800’s, they had teams in places like Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Boston……and Keokuk. When the country was thrown into a brutal civil war, there needed to be strategic staging and training points for Union and Confederate soldiers awaiting… Continue reading All Roads Led to Keokuk-A Trip to One of Iowa’s Most Historic and Important Towns

East Iowa · Family Adventures · Outdoors All Year · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Pirates of the Mississippi!-Discovering Iowa’s Only Island Community and a Journey Through the Woods for BBQ….

Sabula, IA: Jackson County (Our 5th County!) Clinton, IA: Clinton County (Our 6th County!) Thar be a legend of a territory’s loan isle along Captain de Soto’s path to the gulf. Now, mates! Ready the mast and fortify the hull! Secure the powder kegs and provisions! Prepare our heading for………..Sabula! Drink up me hearties yo ho! 10:30am and… Continue reading Pirates of the Mississippi!-Discovering Iowa’s Only Island Community and a Journey Through the Woods for BBQ….