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July / August 2015

Iowa Sails On
Often thought of as an ocean race, sailboaters are finding ample water to put wind behind their racing dreams.
By Mike Whye    Photos by Mike Whye and Dan Weeks

Stranded In An Iowa Woods
Thunderstorms strand the author in her remote cabin in the woods—much to her delight.
By Sandy Flahive    Photos by Bill Schaefer

For The Birds
Turn your backyard into a birding bonanza with some sage advice from a seasoned veteran.
By Candace Ord Manroe    Photos courtesy Brian Button

Odyssey On The Big River
Follow alongside a former Des Moines man in his epic float down the entire Mighty Mississippi.
Story and photos by Andy Borbely

Explore the sprawling Whiterock Conservancy and marvel at the hundreds of living things you’ll discover at bioblitz.
By Karen Grimes     Photos by Clay Smith


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Outdoor Skills
Live by the rules of the ethical angler; upcycle an old laundry bottle into a handy hand washing station; strap down this useful campsite cooking utensil hanger.

Check the Mines of Spain half marathon off your bucket list; find out why mosquitoes stay healthy even when carrying diseases; explore the dark treasures of the Odessa Wildlife Complex under the light of the moon.

Lost in Iowa
Get lost in the rocky realm of two geological time periods at Brush Creek Canyon; go solo on a DIY duathlon out of Panora.

Wild Cuisine
It’s wabbit season. No, duck season. Get them both at HoQ in Des Moines’ East Village.

Flora & Fauna
Meet this tiny little organism less than a millimeter long that’s Earth’s toughest hombre.









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