Colorado Road Trip: Driving through Iowa

I’m a little (a LOT) behind in blogging since I started a new job this fall and suddenly had no time.  I’ll try to do better, but for now you are going to see a lot of posts from me.  I have to get last summer’s road trip written up before we leave on this year’s!

In 2016, we started a new tradition of family road trips.  My ultimate goal is to get to all 50 states and see all 50 state capitol buildings.  Hopefully most of these will also include our kids, but we’ll see how far we get while they are still at home.  For our first trip, we decided to keep it short, only 10 days.  We also spent a good chunk of that all in one place, visiting my family in Colorado.  This was a test to see if the kids were old enough to handle it, and they did great!  So future years probably won’t see as much time in one place as this one.

Road trips are a great way to see parts of the country that you may not have a reason to see otherwise.  If you live on the coast, I can see this being kind of difficult as it would take a long time just to get to the other half of the country.  Luckily, we live smack dab in the middle of the country, on the border between Iowa and Illinois.  That makes it relatively easy to get to any of the 48 continental United States.  It also means that when I post the routes, you’ll see sometimes they start in Iowa, and other times in Illinois.  Just a matter of which way we are going which state we cross first.  For this trip, we started out driving through Iowa.

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As you can see from the above map, we mostly cut off the northeast corner of the state on this trip.

When you think of Iowa, what do you picture?  Flat?  Corn fields?  Boring?  Well, we did see a lot of the first two.  But if you are looking for the beauty of the countryside, it’s hard to be bored.  What we really saw a lot of on this particular part of the journey was windmills.  Not the old, dilapidated type, but the tall, sleek wind turbines used for generating power.  They were everywhere.

Both C and I enjoyed taking pictures of the scenery on our trip.  It was a little hard to figure out how to not get the motion blur of the car, but we got better as we went along.

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Our first stop would take us to a small roadside attraction a little less than 2 hours from home…

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