Those that may not have driven Route 66, the 2451 mile road trip from Chicago Illinois to Los Angeles California, possibly don’t realise just how clever and well researched the Disney Pixar ‘Cars’ movies are. When the idea for the Cars movie first came up, John Lasseter, a filmmaker and animator, drove the Route and spoke to as many people as he could to learn about the history of Route 66 and took inspiration from the real life locations that they passed!
In the midst of ‘Chain America’ exists local businesses that are amazing at what they do. Today I’m shining a spotlight on Betty Jane Candies born and bred right here in Dubuque, Iowa! Betty Jane Candies was first established back in 1938. They have 3 store locations in Iowa, 2 in Dubuque and one in Marion, with the Asbury Road (Dubuque) store doubling up as a mini Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory where all of their yummy treats are made!
In all honesty, I don’t think I could have done Route 66 without this guide book. It’s AMAZING. Seriously. Everyone should go out and buy it if you’re planning on taking the trip. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you…
My goodness. I’d never been so cold in my life until I moved to Iowa. It’s not unusual for the temperature to be -20c/-4f on a daily basis, it can even get lower than this! I honestly thought temperatures that low only existed in the poles…not in a country where the summers are 30c/86f! Here are my (not so serious) Midwest winter survival tips!
Today’s Guest Post comes from April Yap! April is an online publisher for The Cabins at Grand Mountain in Branson, Missouri. She often writes about camping, Midwest traveling, and log cabin experiences.
I first started getting excited about Christmas this year, when I visited ‘Reflections in the Park’, it was like Christmas being thrown up on me and I thought it was AWESOME. ‘Reflections in the Park’ is a drive thru Christmas Light display held in Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque, Iowa to raise money for Hillcrest Family Services.
In the UK, you can always tell it’s nearly Christmas when the Coca Cola adverts start appearing on TV (…The holidays are coming….the holidays are coming!). There’s a big truck and a big train covered in Christmas lights driving through the snow with Father Christmas on the back. When I discovered there was a real life train version run by Canadian Pacific (not Coca Cola!), that was going to be passing through Dubuque Iowa, I just had to go and see it!
Recently there just seems to have been so much negativity around. First there was Brexit, then there was the US election (yep I was lucky enough to live through both, I emigrated between the two events) and I’ll be honest that I’ve not always exactly looked at my life in America in a positive light. Considering it’s Thanksgiving, what better time to write a post about the small things that I should be thankful for?!