Iowa 7 September 2016

img_0427Iowa is such a beautiful state to drive across. Big old barns and farmland, cattle grazing and vineyards, yes vineyards! It is still so green and the corn crop looks incredible, from the highway, and likewise the soybeans.

There are rolling hills, and historical museums and John Wayne’s house! And:

Riverside, Iowa enjoys the unique status of being the future birthplace of one James Tiberius Kirk, Captain of the starship USS Enterprise. Not only does this city get to bask in future glory, it also boasts being the home of the present Trekfest. As Kirk says, “No, I am from Iowa. I only work in outer space.” (Iowa Facts You img_0518Never Knew)

They say that sliced bread and the Eskimo Pie were invented in Iowa. The Iowa Writer’s Workshop is an icon among aspiring authors, and Kurt Vonnegut once taught there. Snake Alley in Burlington is supposed to be the most crooked street in the world.

RAGBRAI is not a name for a ladies undergarment that needs be thrown away, it’s a week-long bike touring event held every year. It’s the oldest and largest touring event of its kind. The acronym “RAGBRAI” stands for Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa and the 8,500 riders who participate are selected

Photo:Craig Gieselman

Photo:Craig Gieselman

by a random lottery.(Iowa Facts You Never Knew)

Iowa has the highest literacy rate in the nation! And, it is considered to be the safest state to live, possibly due to the fact that it is 92% farmland. We love Iowa!

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About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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