Herbert Hoover, Cedar County’s most historic alumComments Off

At 52 miles, Direct TV Oregon, the Cedar Valley Trail passes through its fair share of Iowa, including several towns.  If you’re planning a trip along the trail, it can be useful to know the sites along the way.  This humble guide is but a short introduction to those townsfor more information, visit their websites or Wikipedia pages.  We’ll imagine a trip down from the Evansdale/Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, and see what we pass along the way.

  • Evansdale: Evansdale is a suburb of Waterloo, and had a 2,000 population of 4,526.  The entire city is 4.2 square miles in area.  Evansdale was incorporated in 1947 when the Home Acres Improvement Association of Waterloo petitioned District Judge William T. Evanshence the name of the city.
  • Gilbertville: Gilbertville is a small city in Black Hawk County with a 2000 population of 767 and a total area of 0.4 square miles.  The city includes the Don Bosco High School, a private Roman-Catholic school founded in 1956.
  • Brandon: When you reach Brandon, you’ve made it to Buchanan County.  This city has an area of 0.3 square miles and a total population of 311.  When passing through, you might consider stepping off the trail to see Iowa’s Largest Frying Pan.  Constructed in 2004 over a 40-hour-period, the pan is 14’3″ long, with a rim diameter of 9’3″.  Its handle is 5″ long.
  • Urbana: While only 0.4 square miles larger than Brandon (at 0.7 square miles total area), Urbana had a population of 1,019 in 2000.  Interstate 380 and Iowa Highway 150 intersect within the city.  Annual events in Urbana include a Spring City Wide Garage Sale in May, a Fall City Wide Garage Sale in September, a Holiday Christmas Dinner & Bazaar on the first Saturday of December, and many more.
  • Center Point: This city is located in Linn County.  The 2000 census showed a population of 2,007, with a total area of 2.4 square miles.
  • Robins: Robins is also located in Linn County, and is a suburb of Cedar Rapids.  The city had 1,806 inhabitants at the 2000 census, but a special count in 2005 revealed 2,435 residents.  The total area of the city is 3.8 square miles.
  • Hiawatha: When you reach Hiawatha, you’ve traveled the entire 52 miles.  Fittingly, Hiawatha is the largest city on the route.  The city had a 2000 population of 6,480 and a total area of 3.5 square miles.  In May 2010, the city celebrated 60 years of incorporation.  In addition to the end (or start) of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Hiawatha also includes Guthridge, Tucker, and Clark Parks.

Iowa’s rich Native American cultureComments Off

The state of Iowa was home to many different Native American tribes before it became a state. The state is named for one of the predominate tribes that once occupied the area. Other tribes also made, and one continues to make, Iowa their home.

Both the Santee and Yankton Sioux moved into western sections of present day Iowa in the 17 and 1800s. Sioux City, Iowa is named for these tribes. Also residing in western Iowa were the Kaw and Omaha tribes.

Several different Native American tribes occupied the eastern portion of the state. As early as the 1600s, the Kickapoo Read the rest of this entry »


Wildlife in the state of IowaComments Off

The state of Iowa has a variety of habitat and abundant wildlife. Many of the animal species found in Iowa are common throughout the American Midwest.

Many different species of small rodents are found in Iowa including several species of squirrel. The state also has a population of beaver in the state’s river basin areas.

Rabbits are abundant in the state. The eastern cottontail is the most common species.

Several larger mammals also make Iowa their Read the rest of this entry »


Non-outdoors activities in the Cedar Valley areaComments Off

Though known for its beautiful outdoors, Cedar Valley, Iowa also has many great indoor activities for individuals to participate it. These activities are perfect for rainy days or when a break from the outdoor life is needed. Indoor activities can be something that a family can do together, and is perfect for all ages.

One activity to take a family to would be a museum. Though these are indoors, they still require the individuals to walk around while looking at different displays Read the rest of this entry »


Useful accessories for the hiking enthusiastComments Off

One mistake the novice adventurer sometimes makes before heading on a hike is not to prepare correctly. There is a happy median of preparedness, a middle way. Take too little and you could find yourself in unexpected danger, take too much and I guarantee the hike is going to be more grueling.

The most obvious item: a good pair of boots. Never neglect your feet. It is surprising how many people go into rough terrain with an old pair of sneakers. It never hurts to waterproof your boots. Beeswax will usually do the trick, apply liberal amounts over Read the rest of this entry »


Fishing in Iowa: tips and travel suggestionsComments Off

Fishing in Iowa is a fantastic way to get out and grasp a sense of nature, particularly for people who live crammed into the suburbs and city life of our fast-paced society. During Winter months, Iowa is a popular destination for ice-fishing, with many state parks and recreational sites that exhibit an unmatched beauty and bountiful supply of fish.

During Spring and Summer months, erosion created from the melting ice provides fisherman with many up-close and personal opportunities to access crystal clear fish Read the rest of this entry »


How to make a fire in the wilderness with no suppliesComments Off

If you are going hiking along Iowa’s Cedar River or anywhere for that matter it is always good to know how to make a fire without supplies. This article will help you make a fire when you need it the most. The first thing you need to do is collect anything that will catch a fire fast. Some great things to look for are dry bark, dry grass, and dry leaves. The keyword being dry, as it is the fastest thing that will catch on fire. Now, you must make a nest with all of the dry Read the rest of this entry »


Must-Do in Cedar Rapids…Comments Off

Cedar Rapids is a great town in and of itself but it’s adjacent to one of the neatest rivers in the world! If you’ve been using your Satellitestarinternet.com internet to plan a trip to Cedar Valley you’ve got to check out these must-dos while you’re in the town of Cedar Rapids…
Brucemore – This 1920s mansion has been restored to its former glory and remains one of the most recognizable landmarks in town. Buy Read the rest of this entry »


How to get a job as a hiking guideComments Off

As the famous saying goes, find a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. While the phrase may be easier said than done, use these helpful tips to land your dream job as a hiking guide. As with any job, you need to make yourself as marketable as possible. There are several key elements to becoming a succesful guide. First and foremost, you will need to have a passion for Read the rest of this entry »


The geography of the state of IowaComments Off

Iowa has a unique beauty to it that makes it a place people should visit. Iowa ranks right about in the middle in terms of land size in the United States, which is about 56,000 square miles or 26th in total area. Iowa is also between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, making it home to some fantastic river areas.

The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers are not the only big rivers running through Iowa. There is also the Iowa Read the rest of this entry »