Checking out some of our favorite Midwest festivals

Tulip Time in Pella and Orange City, IA Celebrating Dutch ancestry and culture kick off our look at area summer festivals. Pella, Iowa, celebrates the 81st annual Tulip Time festival May 5-7. Parades, tours of the working windmill and great food are part of the events for the central Iowa community. We have visited Pella […]

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta should be on bucket lists

We attended our first International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque in 2010. Since then, I get antsy this time of the year when the Fiesta kicks off. This year’s Fiesta started Saturday and runs through Oct. 12th. Lisa, our youngest daughter Mallory and I spent five days in Albuquerque during our visit. The festivities kick off […]

National Balloon Museum covers ballooning history

Did you know that the first balloon flight carrying a human occurred in 1783 in Paris, France? This was new to me. But, after visiting the National Balloon Museum in Indianola, Iowa, I learned that and much more about ballooning. The national museum is located in Indianola because the area is home to some of […]

National Balloon Classic takes off with us

About 75 balloons lifted off the ground for a mass ascension the day we attended the National Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa. We attended the 2010 International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM, so I set my expectations based on that experience. I didn’t know if I’d be impressed watching 75 balloons take off after having […]

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