Recently, May and June took a weekend road trip to the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. Our reason for the getaway was to attend the annual Iowa Summer Writing Festival, which offers a large menu of enriching classes to all writers, no experience necessary. We were there to learn about the art of blogging. This was June’s third trip to the festival and May’s first.
We hear that so much about life is in the journey and travel is no exception, especially road trips. Many travelers are so focused on reaching their destination they miss out on some of the interesting scenery and towns along the way. May and June decided to make the most of this trip by scoping out some possibilities ahead of time. For us, it was the quaint towns and quirky little vintage shops. We found a cute town along the way called Le Claire, Iowa, a historic town nestled right along the Mississippi River.
As we pulled into the parking lot, we immediately discovered it was home to Buffalo Bill. Who knew?
It was a beautiful day and we had lunch outside overlooking the river, and explored many of the lovely shops including a famous one that some of you vintage buffs may recognize. Antique Archeology, home to the American Pickers television show. As you can see from the following photos, we had a lot of fun exploring this little gem of a town and ended up staying much longer than we had originally planned.
We wish we could’ve taken this home and made it our official May Meets June vehicle
A cute gift shop in a historic home, Grasshopper’s.
We also had a great time in Iowa City. In addition to the informative workshop, we enjoyed everything the city had to offer including some great food and fun shopping. The sudden downpour one evening was not about to stop us from enjoying ourselves.
Yummy Sushi at Takanami
Dinner at a charming retro diner called the Bluebird Diner. May had the best ratatouille ever!
Spotting Herky the Hawk
And while vintage shopping at a store called Decorum, we spotted May’s dog, Sawyer’s doppelganger made out of paper.
Everything in life is a journey. Taking a walk, commuting to work, meeting friends, etc… Being mindful and enjoying what each path has to offer, no matter where it takes us is part of the fun of getting to wherever it is we’re going. When we were planning this blog we knew we wanted to explore being more fully present in the everyday. This “business trip” gave us the opportunity to achieve our goal of completing our class but also allowed us to set the tone for what we want this journey to be.
Have a great weekend!! Hopefully have some adventures, both planned and unplanned. -May and June