Peak summer is a precious time in the Midwest. In a place where more than half the year is sweater weather and 35 degrees is considered borderline shorts temperature, a day that’s actually warm enough to melt an ice cream cone is a rare and magical thing.
Altoona might be the greatest place to explore Iowa’s great outdoors.
Ever met a 12-foot praying mantis? You will at the Enabling Garden, a hidden gem tucked away near the Altoona Hy-Vee, just off the Vern Willey II Bike Trail. “Off the Beaten Path” is sponsored by the City of Altoona.