The beauty of the land beckons you to stay. The clarity of the vistas encourages you to linger. The sounds of voices speaking various languages evokes pride in the country that you call home. I do not remember well my first visit to Mount Rushmore. In fact I do not recall that family vacation at […]

I love Sunday mornings!  It is a meditative time for me.  I feel the beginning of the week will start as soon as I finish my morning devotions.  Whether I am in a church, traveling, or in my church home, I feel once I have taken the time to spend some time “talking” to my Lord I am ready […]

The original straighter, smoother road from Des Moines to Council Bluffs ran along the Rock Island and Pacific Railroad line.  At times in the very early 1900’s Iowa was impassable.  Winter snow and muddy run off from the overdeveloped hills made travel through this central state nearly impossible.  Towns along this passage knew automobile travel […]

Iowa has more to offer than most people know about.  The epicenter of Iowa lies as close to the geographically middle of the state, as you can get.  Des Moines is the hub of interstates, situated on the convergence of two major rivers in the area.  Shopping, industry, arts, festivals, education…the list of attractions goes on […]

“Every step we take is a step closer to discovering who we are meant to be.” Our travels with Soul Experiences takes us all over this vast world.  It is sheer joy to experience new destinations with fellow travelers.  Immersing yourself in another culture with patience and understanding feels easier to accomplish when you are not alone.  While we journey to […]

TRAVEL UPDATE! North Central Kansas was reviewed last week.  I will showcase Iowa highlights this week.  It was a great weekend, albeit speedy, in Iowa!  Below is the original post that kicked off my Great Plains “off the beaten path” reviews.  We have only just begun with Kansas and Iowa.  Stay tuned, more to come! […]

We are travelers.  We embrace peace.  We are humble.  We desire acceptance. Our world is wrought with uncertainty.  The news of unrest in countries around the world saddens our hearts.  Regions we have visited are tumultuous with violence.  Cultures have been rocked by hatred. People have lost their lives or lives of loved ones, loss of even […]

“Ogres are like onions…onions have layers, ogres have layers…we both have layers!” -Shrek The hills rose up to touch the heavy clouds that rested on the earth.  As I looked over the panorama, from the crest of another hill, I thought of layers.  My mind slowly playing through layer references.  Ogres.  That is all my […]

This area of Kansas is stunning.  The Flint Hills remains much the way it was at least 300 years ago.  The dusty ruts of the California and Oregon Trails may be gone but the history of their migration are steeped in the landscapes, architecture, and residents.  As I traveled back north towards Nebraska the little […]

The road climbs up to carve through the sandstone layered on the top of the hills.  Shale flakes litter the shoulder of the blacktop.  I see trees growing through the crevices of the rock and wonder at our natural world.  The determination of the vegetation. Every ten miles or so another group of houses are situated along […]