Our trip across Iowa was wonderful. The weather was perfect and, as always, we explored whatever drew our attention and had no set plans as we crossed the state. We were lucky to drop-in on an old college friend and spent a night in charming Mount Vernon. From there we headed west and along the way explored the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. There we saw buffalo, prairie grasslands and other wildlife.
We took a short detour off of I-80 to travel down to Winterset and checked out the covered bridges of Madison County. Holliwell Bridge (below) was built in 1880 and is the longest remaining covered bridge in the area.
In Iowa we also enjoyed a few loose meat sandwiches, something very popular in the state, and the most amazing Dutch baked treats from Pella, Iowa. We will definitely look for more of those!