My name is Megan and I’m a Chicago native turned willing Iowan. For the past 15 years, I’ve called Des Moines home and have 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.
In addition to freelance writing for a variety of organizations and outlets, I am also a published author. My first book, Iowa Supper Clubs, was released through Arcadia Publishing in August 2020, and my second, Secret Iowa: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, was published by Reedy Press in September 2023.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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! I’ve written two books to help you explore the state of Iowa.
My first book, Iowa Supper Clubs, was released through Arcadia Publishing in August 2020. My second, Secret Iowa: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, was published by Reedy Press in September 2023.
I currently live in Des Moines, Iowa! Before you start imagining endless miles of cornfields, let me change your mind.