Top Ten Camping spots in the Des Moines area

1.Ledges State Park – The Ledges is one of my favorite natural places in all of Iowa.  A small creek winds through a deep canyon that has been carved out over many, many years.  Cars passing through the canyon are forced to drive through a few inches of creek water splashing water, and getting squeals…

Why we love the Good Guys Car show

The Good Guys car show is one of the cornerstone summer events in Des Moines. The Good Guys are a national car club that has shows throughout the country.  This year will be the 25th anniversary, and it should be a great one.  Usually the weather is very hot for the show, but this year…

Top Ten Reasons to go to South Dakota

  South Dakota has some great attractions, and has quite a bit more than I will mention here.   The drive across central S.D. can be painful, and once again I recommend podcasts to get you through those long drives.  South Dakota has quite a bit more than is listed here, but this is a…

Dad jokes

A dad joke is one of those lame jokes than your dad tells…over and over and over.  He seems to enjoy the upcoming eye roll and sigh.  Is that what he lives for now?  Embarrassing his kids and wife?  Anyway here are some dad jokes, (I’m not gonna say they are good) the first two…

Quirky Des Moines #4 The Screech

You wouldn’t think  that one word could be that powerful.  I mean it IS just one word.  In today’s Youtube society when things can be edited and played over and over one word can be very powerful. In 2004, Howard Dean was a politician that was seemingly on the rise.  He had previously been a…

Six Great Crime Podcasts

There are some great podcasts covering crime out there.  Some of these podcasts cover missing people, some of them really concentrate only on crimes, and some cover crime and a little more.  If you like true crime like I do, you will find something you like. 1.Casefile – Casefile is my favorite real crime podcast. …

Top Ten Places to Buy a Wedding/Formal Dance dress

Buying a formal dress doesn’t have to be difficult or having to turn to the internet to get what you want. With more and more pictures of shoddy products from online shops, the following give you the chance to shop local in and around Des Moines for the dress of your dreams. Stacey’s-located on Plum Drive…

Top Ten Reasons to go to St. Louis

St. Louis is a six hour drive from Des Moines, and it is worth a summer trip.  Once again, I recommend podcasts to get you through the drive.  There are lots of things to do for families, couples or singles alike.  I personally have been to St. Louis many, many times and I am still…

My Top Ten Smells of Summer

Freshly cut grass – There is nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass. In the spring it brings about hope that winter is over and nicer weather is coming. Towards the fall the smell reminds you that you’re sick of mowing your lawn and winter is coming. The combination of sunscreen/bug repellent– The combination…