High Trestle Trail & Trail Etiquette

This past Sunday, my mom asked me if I wanted to join her for an afternoon bike ride on the High Trestle Trail. I had never been, it was a gorgeous afternoon, and the bridge has been on my Iowa Bucket List for quite sometime now! So, I took her up on the offer!

The trail is gorgeous!  It’s a beautifully paved (cement) trail!  We parked at Slater and biked to the bridge and back, which was about 20 miles total!  The trail itself, is a good balance of sun and shade, and slightly rolling, which makes me a happy lady!  The few tunnels and small bridges along the route make it visually appealing!  There are also quaint bars and smoothie shops located along the trail in both Madrid and Slater!  While we didn’t patronize those places, they look wonderfully quaint!  I love that the communities along the trail have embraced it and are catering to the public!


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It’s Just a Number!

Your age. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 20 or 65.  It’s just a number.  It has no reflection on what kind of person you are.  It doesn’t tell anyone what kind of physical shape you are in.  It doesn’t dictate what you are or are not able of doing.  It’s just a number.

The numbers in your bank account.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s 0 or 100,000.  It’s just a number.  It doesn’t make you better than, worse than, superior to, or inferior to anyone else!  It doesn’t mean you don’t work hard.  It doesn’t mean you work harder than someone else.  It’s just a number.


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Wordless Wednesday: Create


Genesis 1:26 – “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Food Tour of the Iowa State Fair

It’s a tradition for T and I to attend the Iowa State Fair at least one day each year! It’s our date day or weekend and something we look forward to sharing with each other!  We often do the same things at the fair…see the same things, and even eat the same foods.  We’re creatures of habit and honestly ok with that!  The Varied Industries Building, Pioneer Hall, and the Shoppers Mart underneath the Grandstand are always a must for us.  We also enjoy watching the FFA Parade of Champions and the Governor’s Charity Steer Show.  But, really…the Iowa State Fair is all about the food, right?!  So, what do we eat?  Well, it’s usually a lot of the classics, but I also try to taste one new item each year.  It’s usually new to me, but not necessarily the fair.  So, what did we eat this year?


Our first stop…literally we had been on the fairgrounds about 15 minutes was the Dairy Barn.  For the last three years, we’ve split a chocolate shake!  They are so delicious, rich and creamy!  This year, I think we could have each put away one on our own, but we resisted.

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Our Favorite Things…Branson Style

I can hardly believe that it’s been over 2 weeks since we’ve been from our family vacation in Branson! I swear the older I get the faster time goes! But, I digress…we had such a fantastic time in Branson and all four of us have actually commented, “I’ll go back!”  So, what were our favorite parts about Branson?  Here they are…and in no particular order!

Top of the Rock/Lost Canyon Tours – A friend of mine recommended the Lost Canyon Tours at Top of the Rock to me and so I had to look into!  You are able to go on self-guided tours along their path with a golf cart through the canyon and caves and my interest was peaked.  This is something right up the boys’ alley and it didn’t sound so bad to me either!  They weren’t wrong and neither was I!  Being outside and closer to nature (away from the hustle and bustle of the city is fantastic).  Plus the views aren’t too shabby either!

One of the many beautiful sights in Lost Canyon
One of the many beautiful sights in Lost Canyon

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Garden Update, 8/4/2016

If you’re counting, you know it’s been longer than two weeks since our last garden update! I credit that to two things: life is busy and the blooms are slowing down!  I’ve realized that I need some late blooming perennials for my flower beds! (I sure hope my specialist at Natural Plus Nursery is paying attention! 😉 )  Other than the phlox and a few lilies…things are just about done and starting to look drab!  Here are a few snapshots of the gorgeous blooms left that I do have!

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Hollywood Entertainment Center: Branson

#FlintsTakeBranson is all over: Done, finale, finished! One of our MANY stops was the Hollywood Entertainment Center on the main drag in Branson.  We actually made it our very first stop of the trip because we were that excited about it.

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The Hollywood Entertainment Center in Branson consists of four different aspects: Shoot for the Stars Miniature Golf, The Hollywood Wax Museum, Maze of Mirrors, and Castle of Chaos.

The marker and narrative display at each hole!
The marker and narrative display at each hole!
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