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Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

“Build it and they will come.” It's the theme of the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams which we watched shortly after our teenaged son read W.P. Kinsella's novel, Shoeless Joe. Through the years we've rewatched this film quite a few times fascinated with the historical...

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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds Video The 10:30AM Ranger led Fire Point Hike at Effigy Mounds National Monument near Harper's Ferry, Iowa was well worth the effort to leave our campsite early this morning. Located adjacent to Iowa's section of the Great River Road overlooking the...

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Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Last summer we visited the Golden Spike National Monument where the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads met to complete the nation's first transcontinental railroad. Today we visited the eastern beginning of that epic construction project and visited the...

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…But First Wine

…But First Wine

Bodega Victoriana Winery near Glenwood in Iowa's Loess Hills just east of the Missouri River is our Harvest Hosts location tonight. We parked in a fairly level spot in their large and all but empty parking lot and headed up the stairs to meet our host, Doug...

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New Tires in Iowa

New Tires in Iowa

This morning we visited Freedom Tire in Ames and got new tires for Eric the Red, our 2008 F-150. Our last safety check indicated that we should be replacing tires fairly soon but something told us to do it sooner rather than later.  Apparently we did it none...

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A Taste of DesMoines

A Taste of DesMoines

Apparently an incredible experience like a Fourth of July Parade in Slater isn't enough. Pam and Mike set out to show us more of the delights of central Iowa starting with a stop at Double Dipped in Huxley for ice cream or coffee or both in the form of an affogato,...

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An Iowa Fourth of July

An Iowa Fourth of July

It was a Fourth of July Parade like none we've ever seen, but then the Florida towns we've lived in didn't tend to have parades in steamy July. With Mike and Pam we traveled to Slater and joined the folks of Story County to watch their parade.  This was a...

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Everything’s Greater in Slater

Everything’s Greater in Slater

Everything's greater in Slater! This is the wisdom imparted to us by Emily as we waited for the official fireworks display to get underway. Lots of unofficial, not necessarily legal, fireworks had been happening for a while. The neighboring communities of Cambridge,...

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Moochdocking in Cambridge

Moochdocking in Cambridge

Our relationship with Mike and Pam dates back to üCamp17 and a joke we participated in when he told her he'd traded in their T@B 320 for our brand new 400. This year when we couldn't find enough time for visiting with them in Sugarcreek, we proposed stopping by...

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Overnight at Hansen’s

Overnight at Hansen’s

Hansen's is a Harvest Hosts site, so as members of the organization they granted us the privilege of staying on site parked next to the pond overnight. We weren't the only ones. Two other RV's rolled in just before yesterday's tour. Afterwards we all rearranged to...

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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

We made it to the Top of the World, or at least the northernmost land mass in Europe, Magerøya Island. On our coach tour we learned much about the natural history and the cultures of this starkly beautiful place.