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September / October 2014

Casting for Recovery
It’s no coincidence that Decorah’s trout streams and the action of fly-casting were chosen for those battling and recovering from breast cancer. Nature helps heal and bring people together and it will inspire you, too.
By Karen Grimes    Photos by Ben Curtis

Life Lessons
What is it about nature we universally find as a salve, a restorative comforting tonic that teaches us about the natural world and ourselves? To find out, enjoy this issue outdoors.
By Bill Klein

Hmong Squirrel Hunt
Multi-day hunts with extended family revolve around camping, food and togetherness to keep a hunting tradition thriving where others abandoned it long ago.
Story and Photos by Joe Wilkinson

Joy of Streams
Even near the end of a long life, with a failing mind, nature outings are unforgettable.  
By Gail George    Photos by Ben Curtis

Tree house Life
From elaborate to simple, tree houses for adults or kids soothe the soul and inspire imagination. Just be sure to do right by the tree.
By Mindy Kralicek    Photos by Ben Curtis


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Cruise the Father of Waters aboard one of the largest passenger vessels on the Upper Mississippi in search of fiery fall colors. Go retro with buckskinners in Clayton County. 

Outdoor Skills
Get tips to catch lunker fish without a boat, make a simple haul rope for bow season and warm cold tootsies during late fall camping.

Lost in Iowa
From exploring bluffs and caves to nine-hole golf, fishing and camping, Wapsipinicon State Park in Jones County meets all needs—all in Grant Wood country.

My Backyard
Enhance fall color by applying art theory to residential tree selection for beauty and greater disease resistance.

Wild Cuisine
A “forgotten” species on the plate, once among the most popular of wild game, gets a makeover with a recipe from Des Moines’ newest hotspot. Get inspired to put squirrel back on the table.

Flora & Fauna
Find out what is North America’s longest living insect, which recently made a buzz in parts of Iowa when as many as 40,000 could be found in a single tree.







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