The Majestic Iowa Mountains
|A gate at Preparation Canyon State Park reminds people of where they are at.
|My son stands on a ridge, during a lovely Winter day, at Hitchcock Nature Center.
|An early Spring view of the meandering Hills from Murray Hill Scenic Overlook.
They really are a beautiful sight to behold, and I've encountered some of the most varied and breathtaking views along its ridges.
|A Summer view from the same spot at Murray Hill Scenic Overlook.
I've hiked the Iowa Mountains as far north as the Broken Kettle Grasslands in Westfield, Iowa, and as far south as Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Forest City, Missouri -- a distance that spans about 212 miles as the crow flies -- and many places in between.
|My daughter hiking along the eastern ridge of Hitchcock Nature Center on a warm Autumn day.
|An early Fall view of a farm nestled in the valley from the ridges of Turin Prairie.
Until then, here are a few more pictures from other areas of the Iowa Mountains I've been to:
|A panoramic view from the top of the hills in Loess Hills State Forest on a picture-perfect Autumn day.
|A view in a valley at Broken Kettle Grasslands in early Summer.