Hey there!

My name is Megan and I’m a Chicago native turned willing Iowan. For the past decade I’ve called Des Moines home, and have truly come to love everything the Hawkeye State has to offer.

I started Olio in Iowa in 2012, originally as a way to get out and explore my new hometown. But along the way, the blog has become a home for all of my roadside adventures and a way to share the stories that make me love roadtripping.

Since then I’ve driven coast to coast discovering unique small towns, roadside attractions and “world’s largest” things along the way. No matter the destination, I firmly believe that getting there is half the fun.

My first book, Iowa Supper Clubs, was released through Arcadia Publishing in August 2020.


Driving the entire length of Route 66 is the No. 1 road trip on my bucket list!

I worked Saturday mornings at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market for six years. If you’re looking for a specific item or vendor, I still have an encyclopedic memory of all of it!

I prefer driving over flying. No matter how many hours it means in the car, I would choose a road trip every time. 

I love “world’s largest” things and have a goal of visiting at least one in every U.S. state.


Olio (ˈō-lē-ˌō) means a miscellaneous mixture or collection. Yes, I’m aware it’s also very close to the Italian word for “oil.”

This blog started as a miscellaneous collection of stories and, in my experience, that same hodgepodge is what makes up all of the best types of adventures. My preferred style of travel is all about serendipity, spontaneity, and unexpected detours so Olio seemed like the perfect fit.

You sure did! Iowa Supper Clubs was released August 17, 2020 through Arcadia Publishing.

You can purchase a copy through any major bookseller, your favorite independent shop, or directly through my website.

I currently live in Des Moines, Iowa! Before you start imagining endless miles of cornfields, let me change your mind.

A lot! It’s actually my goal to visit a “world’s largest” attraction in every U.S. state. You can follow along with that adventure through my Wandering the World’s Largest series.


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