Volkswagon Beetle Spider

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I make the trip west on I-80 between Des Moines and Omaha pretty frequently for work, but somehow I’d never stopped to see this roadside oddity.

According to the book Iowa Curiosities, the spider was constructed by Travis and Angela Campbell across the street from their father Darwin’s home, where it still sits today. Use the address below for easiest navigation to this eight-legged automobile.

Fun fact: Apparently this isn’t the first Volkswagon Beetle spider out there—they’re crawling in from all corners of the U.S.

Volkswagon Beetle Spider, 457 S. Chestnut Street in Avoca, IowaAll Rights Reserved Megan BannisterAll Rights Reserved Megan Bannister

The Week: July 25, 2014

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After spending a few days in Kansas City for work, I’m back in Des Moines and excited to spend a few days enjoying summer in my little city—patio drinks, a trip to the “beach” and maybe even a bit of sunburn. But in the meantime, here are my favorite bits of Internet from the past week:

How to read in a bar.

Some good tips to remember.

Reddit users agree—these are the funniest gifs of all time.

God bless the potato salad guy. Continue reading

Sips: Gravity

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Vacation is pretty much designed for drinking more wine than you typically should, so it’s no real surprise that I visited more than one winery and came back to Iowa with quite a few (read: nine) bottles of wine in my car.

Though it was my first trip to a Michigan winery, my mom and some of her friends have made a weekend activity of winery hopping before so we hit up a few of her favorites while I was in town. Our first stop was Gravity in Baroda, Michigan. Continue reading

Eats: Sherman’s Ice Cream

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I don’t mess around when it comes to ice cream. In fact, it’s probably the dessert that I like most. So it’s no surprise that Sherman’s Ice Cream makes my list of favorite South Haven, Michigan spots.

My family has been going to Sherman’s for years. So long, in fact, that I can remember feeding my baby brother—then actually a baby—water from a spoon while we snacked on our sundaes because he was still too young to eat ice cream. Continue reading

Exploring Michigan: South Haven

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Last week I shared a bit about the town of Glenn—the southwest Michigan town my family has been visiting for the past 20 years. Just south of Glenn is South Haven, a much bigger beach town we’ve been driving down to for years for groceries, dinners out, ice cream cones or trips to the public beach. Continue reading