While we were in Iowa visiting our son, we went to Anamosa, IA. It is a small town, with a population of just under 6,000. One thing I thought that was nice, is that through downtown, people have 'adopted' corner gardens that have been made at the intersections. I don't know if it is in coordination with Iowa State University - but this little sign indicates that it may be in some way.
I thought the little picket fences in each flower bed were so cute, as it gave the caregivers to each bed recognition.
We also went to the Wapsipinicon State Park on the edge of town.
As you drive through the park, there is a road who's accessibility depends on how much rain they have received. Instead of the road going over the gully, you drive on the road through the gully. Excuse the car antenna.
There is also a large pedestrian bridge that extends over the Wapsipinicon River.
On both sides of the walkway, leading to the bridge, there are many wildflowers and native grasses.
While we were standing on the bridge, a deer walked across the path we had just been on and we also found this soft shell turtle sunning it's self on a log in the water.
We hope to spend more time in the park in the future when we visit our son and his family.