National Balloon Classic

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Summer in the City: Des Moines Edition

As the snow melts and the trees begin to bloom, there’s a certain energy that returns to the air, especially in a place with harsh winters like Iowa. But no more so than in the early days of summer. As a kid, that meant never wearing shoes, devouring endless books for summer reading, picking raspberries in the backyard, and escaping to the lake for a long weekend.

Even though I no longer have summers off, I try to approach summer with the same sense of excitement. And while I’m not a big fan of the oppressive humidity or buzzing mosquitos that accompany the season, there are a lot of things I absolutely adore about Des Moines in the summer.

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Update: 101 in 1,001

In my last update, I talked about baseball games, the Pitchfork Pie Stand and more. This time I’m tackling a few of my in progress goals as well as some others you might have spotted a blog post about…

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Discover the National Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa

The National Balloon Classic has been on my Iowa bucket list almost since I moved here. But until this year, I never made it down to Indianola, Iowa for the annual festival. A few weeks ago, as I was heading out of town for a few days, I happened to turn a corner and find the sky speckled with colorful balloons mid-test flight, and I was practically giddy…