What do you miss/appreciate about Iowa?

CaliCyfan

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The little things add up. Green grass. Schools with indoor hallways and cafeterias. Funding for public school. School buses for kids and sports. Big store parking lots with spots for cars bigger than a prius. Grocery stores without massive lines. HyVee. AE. Football Saturdays in Ames. Almost 20 years in California, love the weather but miss so many things and wish my kids could have a slice of my midwestern childhood.
 

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Me too. Will you allow a 50-something with a twice-repaired ACL?

Of course they will you will probably be slow with the twice repaired ACL and 20 yrs senior to some of them. The cops have to catch somebody :). LOL.

Edit: Cooler beat me to the reply.
 
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I spent 10 yrs or so in Wi, liked it just fine, but was glad when the opportunity arose to move back to Iowa. I enjoy being closer to my family and getting to watch my nieces and nephew grow up. I like the change of seasons and the opportunity to easily attend things at ISU.

It's not the "big city" but if I want to catch some theatre type stuff CY Stephens and the Civic Center are easy to get to. If I want a change of pace both the T.Cities and K.C. are a easy half day drive to get there.

So overall yeah I'm glad I came back.
 

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After having moved around the county a bunch since graduating in 2008 (New Orleans 5yrs, White Plains NY-4 years, Houston 3 years, Los Angeles 1yr, now 1hr north of Seattle for about 7 months).

-Good solid Midwestern Thunderstorm. The cooling before the storm, the smell after the storm, being able to see the lightning in the distance.
-The open feeling of the sky as when going through some low rolling hills.
-Cool, crisp fall mornings (although if I'm honest, the ones in NY might have been better since there were more trees and that was apple cider donut season).
-The sea of green in the middle of summer when all the crops are growing.


That said, I'm an hour north of seattle right now and I might have found a place that's hard to beat. Haven't gone through a full PNW winter yet (did about 65% of one). In an area that's still got a bunch of agriculture and I can get both those big open skies over fields as well as big open skies from the top of mountains in about a 1.5 hr drive.

Oh, and Houston can go **** off. I'd say that was the worst 3 years I've lived anywhere.
 

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So you are the guy who runs over the corn planted where the old roads were.
I haven't lived in Iowa for 30-plus years and only get back occasionally, so I'm unaware of any county roads that have been turned into cornfields. Please enlighten me.
 

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Not exactly sure.
If those roads are still class C (or whatever it's called) you're not supposed to be planting them anyway. :)
No, they were abandoned and they will come in and cut the rock up so they can use it elsewhere. I spent a good several days in middle school pulling fence posts and digging up woven fence that my great grandpa had put down so they could cut the ridge and level the ditch for us.

A tiler 2 harvests ago we found the old metal culvert that was under the road while doing some tiling.
 
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Proximity to Ames for attending Iowa State games
About the only reason I'd like to see Colorado back in the Big 12...an Iowa State football game less than an hour away every other year (most likely?), a Mens and a Womens basketball game every year, plus I'd probably go cheer for the other sports when possible.
 

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After having moved around the county a bunch since graduating in 2008 (New Orleans 5yrs, White Plains NY-4 years, Houston 3 years, Los Angeles 1yr, now 1hr north of Seattle for about 7 months).

-Good solid Midwestern Thunderstorm. The cooling before the storm, the smell after the storm, being able to see the lightning in the distance.
-The open feeling of the sky as when going through some low rolling hills.
-Cool, crisp fall mornings (although if I'm honest, the ones in NY might have been better since there were more trees and that was apple cider donut season).
-The sea of green in the middle of summer when all the crops are growing.


That said, I'm an hour north of seattle right now and I might have found a place that's hard to beat. Haven't gone through a full PNW winter yet (did about 65% of one). In an area that's still got a bunch of agriculture and I can get both those big open skies over fields as well as big open skies from the top of mountains in about a 1.5 hr drive.

Oh, and Houston can go **** off. I'd say that was the worst 3 years I've lived anywhere.
If you did 65% of a winter here, you know what the other 35% is like. It's just more of the same. Then again, it's more like October to April rather than just traditional winter months. But May to September this is the best place on Earth (imho). Actually, we got a lot more lowland snow than usual this year now that I think about it.
 
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Not exactly sure.
I haven't lived in Iowa for 30-plus years and only get back occasionally, so I'm unaware of any county roads that have been turned into cornfields. Please enlighten me.
The county I own ground in I was at a meeting where 5 miles was walked away from a few years ago. The county I live in said they were abandoning 2-3 miles to cut cost last year.

When I was middle school, mid 80s, they did it to the north road of my grandpas farm. They like the roads that have bridges in them and aren’t traveled a lot. They can hand the road back, avoid fixing a bridge, lower rock and maintenance costs and if they cut enough, they can get rid of a worker.
 
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Having a party and no one will ever take the last slice of pizza because it would be impolite....so very Iowa.
 
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Miss the nice summers (hotter in the South, duh)
The Iowa grass and dirt (can't beat it!)
 

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After having moved around the county a bunch since graduating in 2008 (New Orleans 5yrs, White Plains NY-4 years, Houston 3 years, Los Angeles 1yr, now 1hr north of Seattle for about 7 months).

-Good solid Midwestern Thunderstorm. The cooling before the storm, the smell after the storm, being able to see the lightning in the distance.
-The open feeling of the sky as when going through some low rolling hills.
-Cool, crisp fall mornings (although if I'm honest, the ones in NY might have been better since there were more trees and that was apple cider donut season).
-The sea of green in the middle of summer when all the crops are growing.


That said, I'm an hour north of seattle right now and I might have found a place that's hard to beat. Haven't gone through a full PNW winter yet (did about 65% of one). In an area that's still got a bunch of agriculture and I can get both those big open skies over fields as well as big open skies from the top of mountains in about a 1.5 hr drive.

Oh, and Houston can go **** off. I'd say that was the worst 3 years I've lived anywhere.
Your point about the NE and fall is spot on. I have lived in Connecticut for 12 years and New England falls are just awesome. Apple cider donuts are insane and the foliage is nuts. In specific states and areas (NH and VT) it’s just unbeatable.

However, it’s just different too as there is something about a Midwest fall that is charming and nostalgic to me. The harvesting part of it is what I miss, as there is just a little different smell and chill in the air then out here.

Love them both in their own ways.
 

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The biggest thing for me is ISU athletics.

After that, shoreline access to lakes and rivers. Every place has a boat launch, but without a boat most easy-to-get-to places are surrounded by houses or farmland. The high alpine lakes are a couple hour drive on minimum maintenance forest roads. We finally bought some kayaks late last year.

We live in a relatively rural part of western WA so we can still get a lot of the Iowa ag and solitude feeling pretty easily. Life is pretty easy going here.

I traded pork for seafood and am happy with it, but I still buy a slice of Casey's pizza whenever I'm back.

I prefer the temperate WA weather. It's 73° and sunny outside right now. And it rarely gets below freezing in the winter. Green year round.

Frankly I'm not sure there's anywhere else I'd rather live than where I am. We just road tripped home for vacation and I asked myself that very question as we drove through IA, SD, WY, MT, ID and eastern WA.
Wyoming is such a terrible drive until you get past the reservations. Only good thing is you can go like 85 - 90 and be fine.
 
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