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Iowa’s Finest

January 18, 2009

Youth of Iowa, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…We managed to squeeze in a few antique stores today. First, we hit two in Sumner, IA, with Patrig and Cindy. Then later in Cedar Falls…which is a very cozy little town.

We continued on to Des Moines, but the blowing snow proved to be a bit of a problem. Early on it was the visibility and the high winds…later, it was all the cars that were spun out and in the ditch.

By the time we traveled the 165 miles to Des Moines, we spotted more than 50 vehicles in the ditch…some had even rolled over…a semi jackknifed. It was very treacherous.

One highpoint, though, was when a busload of high school boys passed by…upon spotting Fiona’s signs and flag and my video camera…they proceeded to get quite “expressive!”

We drove nice and slow and stayed on the road at all times. One observation about the cars that weren’t so lucky…most of them were 4-wheel drive! Just goes to show that 4-wheel drive is no match for ice.

The slow going made us well over an hour late for our visit with Cindy Helgason from Fortunately, she had a pot of hot tea waiting for our weary bodies when we arrived. It was the tastiest!

She and her husband even ordered pizza for us to enjoy before we went into her studio to make some Irish oatmeal soap. It was a great experience and the Helgason’s were wonderful hosts.

You can get your own bar of Irish oatmeal soap at It smells and feels sooooo good! And Cindy even gave us the scoop on some Irish-themed soaps she is perfecting at the moment!

It’s a shame we won’t get to spend more time in Des Moines…and I’m not sure we’ll get time in Kansas City. Regardless, we’ll keep you posted on the blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brandon permalink
    January 19, 2009 3:18 AM

    hey i was one of the kids in the bus and my friend was wondering why you didnt put him flashing you on the website

  2. January 19, 2009 8:33 AM


    Unfortunately, my recorder didn’t catch your first pass…so I was really glad when you came by a second time. You guys looked like you were having a great time.

    You’ll be appearing in an upcoming video update…so check back soon.


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