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Old 05-16-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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Have fun at the store.
I'm going to buy tshirts at the store. Do you like Iowa or Iowa State? And if you like the opposite of me we must fight about it!

And my high school team was better than yours, just to make that clear.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Yep. The Iowa/ISU rivalry makes Alabama/Auburn look bush-league.

Seriously though, if you were coming in August rather than July, you'd have to spend some time at the Iowa State Fair. It's widely recognized as one of the best in the nation, but with the possible exception of hunting, it's the biggest draw for out-of-state visitors. It usually gets well over a million visitors every year. There is really something for everyone there, it's that big.

Other than that, Iowa does offer plenty of recreational activities, but most of them lie off the beaten path. Google the High Trestle Trail, Ledges State Park (you will think you're in a completely different state... VERY unlike central IA) and the Effigy Mounds (or just NE Iowa in general. Easily the most scenic part of the state... very rugged terrain).
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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And my high school team was better than yours, just to make that clear.
I went to high school in Illinois, so that's a given.

And the one time we did "cross the crick" to play an Iowa team in football was a freshman game against Burlington Apollo. They stomped us. Hard. So if you happened to go to Apollo, your high school team really was better than mine.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:50 AM
 
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I like Zombie Burger, so that means I think they have the best food on the planet, even better than LA, Paris, and NYC.

Gotta go. Cult meeting!
You may not (explains the attempt to turn it into a joke) - but DM Juice actually does...and every "young professional" group would agree. Once you move to a different place you might realize everything I've been saying had some truth in it.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:01 PM
 
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I went to high school in Illinois, so that's a given.

And the one time we did "cross the crick" to play an Iowa team in football was a freshman game against Burlington Apollo. They stomped us. Hard. So if you happened to go to Apollo, your high school team really was better than mine.
Was that back when Apollo was a "regular" high school? My older brother went there but by the time I was in high school, BHS was the high school in Burlington. Apollo became an alternative high.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Was that back when Apollo was a "regular" high school? My older brother went there but by the time I was in high school, BHS was the high school in Burlington. Apollo became an alternative high.
Was it ever used as a junior high school? Something in my foggy memory tells me we it was actually an 8th grade team we played.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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Was it ever used as a junior high school? Something in my foggy memory tells me we it was actually an 8th grade team we played.
Hmmmm...I'm not sure. That was before my time. But I don't think so. My brother went to his first year of high school there, IIRC, and that would have been around 1977-ish. It seems like he went there the first year then moved to BHS the following year.

Middle schools there were Oak Street, James Madison, and Horace Mann.
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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If the OP is still following the thread he or she is probably trying to figure out how to re-route the trip to bypass Iowa altogether.
On the contrary, this thread gave me quite a few ideas, so thanks a lot to everyone for chipping in!

A few of my friends made a similar trip a couple of years ago (but eastbound), and told me that there is absolutely nothing to see between the Rocky Mountains and Chicago. I'll try to prove them wrong.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:10 AM
 
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On the contrary, this thread gave me quite a few ideas, so thanks a lot to everyone for chipping in!

A few of my friends made a similar trip a couple of years ago (but eastbound), and told me that there is absolutely nothing to see between the Rocky Mountains and Chicago. I'll try to prove them wrong.
That or just listen to their voices of experience

Honestly, Des Moines does have a few things, and Omaha does as well, but compared to the abundance of things in Chicago and the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and entertainment options of Denver, there is a very clear difference. I walk the talk, I moved to the Rocky Mountains
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:21 PM
 
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That or just listen to their voices of experience

Honestly, Des Moines does have a few things, and Omaha does as well, but compared to the abundance of things in Chicago and the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and entertainment options of Denver, there is a very clear difference. I walk the talk, I moved to the Rocky Mountains

Yeah for sure, that's why we'll be spending a lot more time in Chicago and in the Rockies.
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