Guye Woods County Park – Mud Hike

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This week I led a Hike It Baby hike exploring somewhere brand new to us – Guye Woods County Park near Winterset, Iowa! I was intrigued by the 100 foot suspension bridge and lack of “groomed trails” but pleasantly surprised to find that there were plenty of places to walk without needing a machete. We got pretty muddy and my kids took great delight in the swinging bridge so we will definitely be back.

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Polk County Conservation Geocaching Challenge

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Last summer we had so much fun completing the Polk County Conservation Geocaching Challenge! This would be a great family activity for the summer, and a fun way to explore new places in the area. There are 16 geocaches along trails and in parks; once you find all 16 and write down the code words, you receive a cool geocoin. After you activate the coin and put it back into a geocache, log-in and watch it travel across the country and even the world! There is no time limit element to this challenge; it is open and running for the foreseeable future.

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Arie Den Boer Arboretum at Water Works Park

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I heard that the crabapples were blooming at Waterworks Park, so we set out to check them out! I went to Drake University and while nearby Gray’s Lake was a popular destination, the only time I’ve spent in Waterworks Park was for the Jolly Holiday Lights display at Christmas time. We scouted the popular hanging swing to play for a bit and then drove back up to the front so we could check out the colorful trees. I didn’t see any specific hiking trails, but there were paved paths and shared paved roads alongside lots of open green space for exploring.

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