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One big amphibian

One big amphibian

Updated 4/23: A friend who saw this picture seems to have taken it as a personal challenge to find the frog. Be the first to identify its location by leaving a comment here, naming the nearest intersection, and you get a free coffee, soft drink or beer, on me. (Mrs. Smith is not eligible.)

Contest remains open until someone provides the correct answer. Your first (and only) hint is in that headline. Much more difficult challenges will follow. Maybe there will even be a real prize someday!

Please use your real name when commenting. Thank you.

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Just in case you might wonder why I like this scene from my neighborhood…

The Cellar Door

The Cellar Door

The building has been around a while and it isn’t in a strip mall. Look carefully for the date and the address. Good place for just wandering around.

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Cedar Rapids has good stuff to talk about

My home of the past 20+ years has lots of good things to talk about, despite some undue attention lately to what can rightly be called, in most cases, “the smell of money.” Seems a travel writer didn’t think too highly of us.

Let’s hear about some of your favorite places or great people stories.

Just add your comments. Thanks!

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One of my favorite places in Iowa isn’t really a single place.

It’s an experience. It’s a route, a process. A progression.

Sometimes it’s a challenge if the wind is blowing hard enough.

The experience is getting from my home in Cedar Rapids to Mount Vernon and back, a round trip of about 24 miles, depending on the route one takes.

I’ve driven over and back a few times. My preference, by far, is to go by bicycle.

It takes longer, of course, but that’s part of the deal. It’s the journey that is special, even though Mount Vernon and neighboring Lisbon offer attractions of their own as rewards for making the trip.

As if the journey weren’t reward enough.

With various friends, and even a time or two by myself, I’ve enjoyed the rolling hills and scenic spots between here and there in all sorts of weather and in all four of the seasons. I would try to describe it, but it is best if you see it for yourself.

You’re more than welcome to come along some time.

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