Tuesday Travelogue-February 17th

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Welcome to the ongoing weekly series called Tuesday Travelogue. We are in our thirty-third week! Each week, some ActiveRain bloggers are spotlighted to take us somewhere we may not have been on some kind of virtual travel (and it doesn't cost a dime!). Here is the purpose:


" to enjoy the ride"

"take a trip without even leaving the farm"

"expand your horizons"

"see through someone else's eyes"

 and hopefully much more!


(Be sure and click on the links in blue.)

In our travels across America alphabetically, we are at the end of the "I" states...Iowa to be exact. Let me see what I can find. 


Opera in Cedar Rapids, Iowa??  You bet!!

photo of a scene in Carmen

Granted, this was back in January, over a year ago, but it's fun to show how the arts can be found in this state where there is a lot of corn and open spaces! I enjoyed Karen Feltman's posts, as I haven't really read much of her work before now. I will now and I'm going to hit the "follow" button as a result!


Here we are at Davenport, Iowa at a humongous skate park! The people don't even look real....and even though this was in March of '08, the post-snow post is fitting!  Lucky Lang (yeah, that's his name, really! I don't make this stuff up), shows us a couple of things you can do in Davenport, and check out the Mississippi if skating isn't in your "wheel"house! 

Davenport Iowa Skatepark


With all of the talk about SO MUCH SNOW, isn't it kinda fun to think about July and summer events in the heat of summer?? How about a 4th of July parade in Coralville, Iowa? Thank you, Denise Hamlin, for showing us something besides snowbanks!! 

4th of July Parade Coralville IA 2012

Doesn't having coffee at a place called PerkUp Cafe make you want to check it out, just cuz the name is happy and SAYS what they are??


PerKup Cafe


A new place in Urbandale, Iowa, along with new blogger, Wanda Greif has me all perked up to read more! Join me in welcoming Wanda...go check her out and be sure and comment to welcome her aboard! 

Please don't forget to comment on these blogposts and I hope that you enjoyed all of these virtual travels. Feel free to join our group:

Travelers in the Rain!


Travelers in the Rain logo-Vineyard at Gales Creek Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2013

Comments (49)

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof --that might take some doing considering my hubby doesn't want to travel anywhere outside of the US. My sis and I are discussing Europe. In the meantime, since you and I love to read (and write), check out John Steinbeck's book, Travels with Charley in Search of America--loved it--read it last Sept. when I actually GOT to travel back east!

Russ Ravary glad you found this and thank you (again) for starting to follow my blog!

Gita,  enjoy them....sometimes I wandered off of the alphabetical trip across America for some other exotic fare...

Debbie Reynolds --Coffee Stops Across America...whaddya think? Or Koffee Klatches Across America...hmmmm...

Angelica Blatt thanks for stopping by and also for becoming a new follower...

Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books --I thought it would take quite awhile to find localism posts for Iowa, but surprisingly it didn't! (I also found a blogger from AZ whom I've been trading e-mails with because he gets buyers from Iowa...interesting idea).

Feb 17, 2015 10:49 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have often thought that one need no need a travel agent to find places to visit in our country, all we need is to read blogs, and then you started this highlight series. 

Feb 18, 2015 12:09 AM
Doyle Davison
Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
30 years as your Concierge services listing broker

I like it. I'll start with a Per Kup coffee. Those are great pics for those like me who have only been to Iowa once for a soccer ternament. Did not have much time to smell the roses. A/R back then may have given me some more options

Feb 18, 2015 01:46 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Ed Silva --it is SO much fun to discover new places across our wonderful country and beyond. To have found Santa Claus in Indiana recently was a crack up! Who knew?? I sometimes just read an an unusal name of a city listed and click on it--what the heck, give it a try. It has opened up quite the world of travel for me and hopefully for many others as well!

Doyle, Iowa is more interesting than  at first "blush"! 

Feb 18, 2015 01:51 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Gayle, this blog series is so much FUN for us, your AR fans! Your Iowa highlights have me thinking a road trip across the USA should be one of my future vacations.

Feb 18, 2015 02:01 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Kathleen Luiten --I did that many years ago, from Philly through Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa, let's see....Colorado, Idaho, Utah and WA state before ending up in Portland Oregon. It was AMAZING! I saw the most interesting things along the way. Ended up at a rest stop with a HUGE tractor trailer that had an entourage of police cars in front and maybe behind....the world's largest magnet was being driven across country to go to the San Francisco Observatory. The driver was doing only 25mph--can you IMAGINE how very very long that took?? 

In Nebraska, we ended up in the middle of a sheep herding expedition down the main highway! First time I ever saw black sheep! The sheepherder, on horseback was W-A-Y up in front almost a mile or more away and the sheep just kept moving forward amongst the cars....hysterical! 

Feb 18, 2015 02:10 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

A mile of black sheep, OMG that really is hysterical! 

Feb 18, 2015 03:39 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I can't imagine how I missed the previous travel posts. I'll be sure to travel along in the future.

Feb 18, 2015 03:41 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I love travelling across the country.  I like the mundane and normal too.  I drove through Kansas last summer and stuck primarily to state highways rather than the interstate.  We have a great and beautiful country.

Feb 18, 2015 04:07 AM
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Thank you for sharing. I love seeing all these beautiful pictures! Makes me want to plan a trip sometime in the near future!

Feb 18, 2015 04:08 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Kathleen Luiten--guess I better qualify this by saying they weren't ALL black sheep--but the ones that leaped over the front of my car (that I got pics of) WERE!

Kimo Jarrett glad you (finally) found it! Stay tuned for many more~

Gene Riemenschneider--as I mentioned in an earlier comment, you might check out the book by John Steinbeck called Travels with Charley in Search of America...a memoir of his traveling alone with his standard poodle, Charley--it's truly a great read, especially if traveling across America is a passion!

Liz, thank you and I hope this spurns you on to plan one!

Feb 18, 2015 04:17 AM
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

Great idea, hope it keeps on bringing us a lot of little treasures to learn along the way.

Feb 18, 2015 05:26 AM
Geoff Grist
Mosman Neutral Bay Realty, Sydney Australia - Sydney, AU
Author of Sold Above Market book

what a great idea, keep up the wonderful stories

Feb 18, 2015 07:14 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

David Baker Realtor - Laveen Homes for sale --I promise to do this weekly!

Geoff Grist I have to say that you are now my farthest-away follower! Australia, how cool! I hope that you will write some localism posts so that I can spotlight them in a future Tuesday Travelogue!

Feb 18, 2015 08:54 AM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

Very cool picture you have and I like the tag line "view from a canoe"

Feb 18, 2015 09:51 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a great series - I had missed this before. I will look forward to seeing these next week! 

Feb 18, 2015 10:36 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Marilyn O'Donoghue --thank you, as I don't get many comments on that anymore! Took that while my hubby and I were canoeing a year ago this month! (February always offers a window of early spring out here on Fishhawk Lake).

Lisa, a lot of people have said that, so I am ALWAYS happy when the reaction is positive--I was most surprised to see it featured today!

Feb 18, 2015 11:10 AM
Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423

Next week Kansas you say!  If only I had a few pic's of my birth place in Leavenworth readily available... : (

Feb 18, 2015 12:37 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

This is such a interesting format. I really enjoy seeing the country through other people's blogs and pictures! Very unique Gayle....

Feb 20, 2015 01:46 PM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

I actually thought it was really odd to have my almost 3 year old post suddenly featured, but I guess I "get" it now. Thanks for the mention. You make a good point. This is a good way to see what other parts of the country look like. 

Feb 21, 2015 04:15 AM