Biking the Trempealeau Trails in Wisconsin

In May of 2022, while on a work trip, I biked three of the 18 Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association’s Loops. The bicycle loops range from 16 – 56 miles with a range of different elevations. I rode these routes around 5-7 p.m. each night and encountered almost no traffic at all. You can review each…

Biking the T-Bone Trail from Atlantic to Audubon, Iowa

In April, I cycled the T-Bone Trail spanning Cass and Audubon counties, over 40 miles with 259 ft. of elevation on a paved, scenic trail. LENGTH: 19.8 miTYPE: asphalt, concreteDIFFICULTY: easy History of the T-Bone Trail According to mycountyparks.com, the T-Bone Trail is a former railroad right of way; purchased with the help of the…

Sandhill Crane Bicycle Tour 2022

On Saturday, March 25, there was an organized ride called the Sandhill Crane Bicycle Tour of 2022 that started and ended in Grand Island, Nebraska. There was also a shorter ride out of Doniphan. “Explore the annual Sandhill Crane migration by bicycle in March near Grand Island Nebraska. These will be free, self supported rides,…

Slater to Rhodes, Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

Last June, I rode the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail from Slater to Rhodes, Iowa. The trail was a mix of pavement, crushed limestone, road, gravel and GRASS (which was quite unexpected).  LENGTH: 30.41 MIELEVATION: 472 FT. CLIMBINGTYPE: ASPHALT, CONCRETE, ROAD, GRAVEL, GRASSDIFFICULTY: EASY View a portion of this trail on Alltrails here. Here is…

The trail between two lakes, Sauk Rail Trail

Last summer, Ryan and I rode the Sauk Rail Trail from Lake View, Iowa to Swan Lake State Park just south of Carroll. LENGTH: 24.3 miELEVATION: 374 ft. climbing TYPE: asphalt, concreteDIFFICULTY: easy On Saturday, July 3rd, we started in Lake View, riding down through Breda to Carroll and around Swan Lake State Park before…

Biking the Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail in Shelby, Iowa

Several weeks ago I rode the Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail near Shelby, Iowa. The official trail is just 3.75 miles. After riding this short trail, I did a little more riding in Shelby and took a different path back to where I parked my car. The trailhead starts near The Cornstalk Cafe…

Biking the Katy Trail – Clinton > Machens, MO

This May, Ryan and I biked the entire Katy Trail from Clinton to Machens, Missouri (and then some). The official Katy Trail is 239.6 miles long, here is a blog recap of our trip. Day One On day one we road from Clinton to Pilot Grove for a total of 62.41 miles. We parked our…

‘Unbelizeable’ Belize

This post is a little out of the norm but I thought you might enjoy seeing some beautiful lush island photos as we head full-force into winter here in Iowa. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Belize, specifically Ambergris Caye island (also known as San Pedro, Belize) twice in the last two years. I thought…

Lauritzen Gardens in August

I wanted to get some exercise today and at the same time check out Lauritzen Gardens in the summer. It was a hot and humid day and I went in the middle of the afternoon but it was wonderful once you got down into the shady areas. “Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique…

Iowa Ecosystems: Wetlands

This month, our Master Conservationist class was held at Heron Haven in Omaha, NE to discuss the wetlands ecosystem. Heron Haven is a spring-fed wetland sanctuary. The sanctuary features one of the last oxbow wetlands of the Big Papillion Creek and it is within Omaha’s city limits. You may remember my recap of a Master Gardener…

Iowa Ecosystems: Prairie

The second of three Master Conservationist Program classes featuring Iowa’s Ecosystems highlighted the prairie. If you missed the first recap on forests, check it out here. There are a total of six classes throughout the summer, one Saturday per month. The class is a group effort by Golden Hills RC&D, Pottawattamie County Conservation, Pottawattamie County Soil & Water…

Iowa Ecosystems: Forests

I signed up for a Master Conservationist Program through our local Golden Hills RC&D, Pottawattamie County Conservation, Pottawattamie County Soil & Water Conservation, Pottawattamie County NRCS, ISU Extension and Outreach West Pottawattamie over the summer. The program is one Saturday per month and is hosted at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa. Unfortunately, I…