It’s Summer in Iowa– Bust Out the Sweatshirts!

IMG_3408This morning I checked the weather in our area and discovered that they are calling these unseasonably low temperatures “Julytober.” And people, I just think that this is getting ridiculous. Do we have to have a mashed-up nickname for everything? I blame Twitter. Because #julytober is shorter than #goodgriefitissocold.

Stinkin’ Twitter.

Ahem. Anyway, after checking the forecast and seeing that it called for rain and chilly temps, we decided to go for a hike. Because my husband is from Washington state and they don’t let silly things like rain and ridiculously low temperatures ruin their fun!


So we headed out to Hitchcock Nature Center, with a slight detour through Hobby Lobby, Golden Corral, Home Depot, and Office Max. Hitchcock has tons of hiking trails, and we chose one we had never tried before (which wasn’t difficult, since we’d only tried one of them before). It was marked easy, but it certainly wasn’t a wimpy walk. Lots of hills!

IMG_3449Also mud, lots and lots of mud. I’m pretty sure Squeezy’s shoes are permanently destroyed. Thankfully I was probably going to have to buy her new ones anyway, since her feet have had a major growth spurt in the last couple months. I don’t think they grew much at all all last winter and spring, and then all of a sudden they shot up about a size and a half.


The trail ended very suddenly at a patch of dirt at the edge of a cliff. That was a little nervousing. I made that word up. But the kids were super excited, because just as we reached the overlook, a train was coming along the tracks at the bottom. So we let the kids sit there and watch the train.


Also we took advantage of their relative stillness to take a selfie. Because we’re precious.


See the train way down below us?


Right about at this point, it started to sprinkle, which is par for the course when you’re out and about with the Together Family. We have a special deal with Murphy and his infamous law. But thankfully the rain didn’t stay, and we made it back up and down and up and down and up and up and up and up and down and up a little more to our van. And it was a fun time.

(If you’re wondering why there aren’t more pictures of Darth Piggy, it’s because he was off becoming one with nature. I’m pretty sure that he would have grown a beard and started killing animals with his bare hands if we had left him out there much longer. Kid loves the woods. Not so much the sitting or standing still for pictures!)


One thought on “It’s Summer in Iowa– Bust Out the Sweatshirts!

  1. I am guilty of mashed-up nicknaming everything, too. One year I postponed my November birthday to “Novembuary”- Nov was too busy that year to enjoy it, and Jan. is an uneventful month in need of a celebration.

    Is that corn growing behind the train?

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