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Update on Ryan Wade’s Run Across Iowa

Ryan Wade is currently halfway through his run across the state of Iowa, and if you haven’t been following the action, there is still time to catch up on all the fun. Wade will be running through the Iowa City area tomorrow and he’d love to see you there. For more information on when and where he’ll be passing through, as well as a way to donate to his cause (which supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) be sure to check out his homepage and Facebook Page.

To catch up on all the action, check out the recaps from day #1 – day  #3:

Day #1

Ryan Wade started his journey running across Iowa at the stroke of midnight on April 19th, at the border of Iowa and Minnesota, and in that spot between states, between days and between big dreams and actual reality, Wade was ready to tackle the course with the same mentality that his campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been based upon, One Step at a Time.

Rain was the name of the game for Wade and his support crew who ran 15 miles between the hours of midnight and 3:00 a.m. early Tuesday morning, but that didn’t seem to damper his spirits, or the spirits of Trevor Hallam and S­­ean Beard who ran alongside him, and despite the big hills and little sleep attained by the athletes and crew, everyone was all smiles when they eventually ran the 20 miles into Waukon, IA at 10:00 a.m. for a welcomed welcome-committee from the Chamber of Commerce.

Waukon, Iowa, if you haven’t had the chance to run through or visit, is a charming community of which Wade wishes he had more time to visit, but in his time there he did manage to meet a collection of nice people including the Monsignor at Saint Patrick’s (who gave Wade his blessing), a few community members including Nalla’s great grandma who shared Nalla’s story to the crew (Prayers for Nalla), of which surely gave Wade even more inspiration to run the rest of the 16 miles for the day.

Wade didn’t run those last 16 miles alone either, and with the support of his friends Taylor Parker, Greg McLaughlin & Luke Recker (#24) who journeyed from Iowa City to jog alongside Wade, and the three of them made their way through the beautiful northeast Iowa scenery. Mile 22 marked a special moment for everyone involved, commemorating the spirit of Austin “Flash” Schroeder, whose story is far from over in Wade’s run across Iowa.

Wade finished his total 38 miles and day #1 of running around 3:30 p.m. alongside his friends, and was welcomed back to his R.V. with fresh bacon, a Subway sandwich and a place to stretch his legs. The rest of the evening was devoted to recovery, and to scoping out one of the pit-stops for day #2 (Elkader), where his legs will take him and the adventure will surely continue.  

 

Day #2

Day #2 on Ryan Wade’s running odyssey across Iowa illustrated the Yin & Yang of Iowa spring weather, beginning with bright and beautiful sunny skies and ending with steady streams of fresh rain. Between the varying weather forecast there was a full spectrum of activity including new four-legged friends, scenic byways and nearly 35 miles of running. While Wade’s legs never gave out, even with the fresh rain momentarily weighing him down, it’s become clear to everyone involved that this task of running across Iowa can only be reserved for those with courage pumping through their veins.

The first stop of the day was in the town of Elkader (which is in the running for the most beautiful town in Iowa), where Wade and the support team were treated to lunch by the supporting sponsors of our trip, Central State Bank, who through their generous support (and delicious lunch) this trip found its fuel and the LLS found increased ways to change more lives.

After refueling in Elkader, Wade hit the road alongside the rain, and for just a moment, somewhere between the rain falling and the miles adding up, Wade found himself in a hard spot accustomed to anyone who ever had to work hard for their goals. Doubt is a fickle beast, and as it was proven today, can be best fought with the encouragement and support of friends and family. Big thanks to Abby Johnson, Neil Havlik & Kerry Thompson (of the world-famous Thompson Floors) who not only provided Wade a running partner, but provided some much needed encouragement to find that finish line for the day.

The day ended 35 miles farther south than it started in the town of Edgewood, and while Wade and his support team shouldn’t be surprised by the hospitality met in each town, Edgewood provided their ‘own charm and hospitality in the form of the dinner tab getting picked up at Franny’s Edgewood. Wade and his support team are looking forward to our next adventure in the town of Edgewood, as for now though, it’s getting late, and Day #3 is right around the corner. Next on the plate is some solid Z’s and good dreams about fresh legs. Until then, Wade’s encouraging everyone to live their own adventure and take it One Step at a Time.

 

Day #3

Day #3 of Ryan Wade’s expedition across Iowa and his feet haven’t fallen off yet, not for a lack of trying though. With a big 42 miles under his belt for the day, Wade might be walking around town like a cowboy whose ridden in the saddle too long, but it’s hard to catch him without a smile on his face. It might be the nice weather or the beautiful scenery that Iowa blessed the team with today, but more than likely it’s the people Wade has run across as he makes his way from one community to the next that makes his smile so big.

The first stop on day #3 was in Manchester, Iowa where the local radio station, KMCH The Mix, was kind enough to push the microphone close to Wade’s naturally soft-spoken voice and give him the chance to tell his story. As we’ve been finding out though, it’s not Wade’s story he’s telling, and as Wade puts it, the story isn’t about him at all – it’s about all of the survivors, caregivers and family members who have gone through harder ordeals than simply lacing up some running shoes and pounding the pavement. Big thanks to Rhonda Mensen and the crew at KMCH for giving us the opportunity to expand the conversation and awareness of the good work done by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Two outstanding athletes joined Wade today, and his epic 42 miles wouldn’t have been possible without Chad Furlong and Anne Johnson alongside his heels as he made his way to Coggon. It was a rough one, and if the support team has learned anything, it’s that a person running 40+ miles isn’t an ordinary person at moments, they are a sensitive creature confused in this world, looking for a reason why their body is still going, and if you have to blast whatever music you can find on the radio station to keep them going, if you have to dance and sing and perhaps act a little silly, even if their eyes are on the ground, their ears will hear the encouragement.

The night ended back where it started, in Edgewood, where we doubled back and the community once again stepped up to the plate and delivered on what it means to be an Iowa community. It wasn’t just the outstanding $4,520 the community presented to Wade, or the amazing home cooked meal bought for us by the town Cafe Rose, but it was more in the way they shook our hands, patted our backs, and made us feel at home despite being so far away from our own.

In our time back in Edgewood, Wade and the support team were lucky enough to meet a young man named Jake, who at the age of 10 was a Leukemia survivor, showing to all of us that you don’t need running shoes to inspire, you don’t need to bag 42 miles to be a fighter, and that sometimes when life deals you a patch of bad luck, all you can do sometimes is take it One Step at a Time.

Thanks to everyone who has made this journey what it is, and from Wade and his support crew stationed in the RV (generously donated for the week by Good Life RV), we are looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings and can’t wait to run into everyone down the road.    

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Wednesday’s Featured Product: Eco Lips Lip Balm (the Best Lip Balm for the World)

Lip Balm 4Support an Iowa-born business and your lips this summer with this Wednesday’s Featured Product: Eco Lips lip balm. Chapped, dry lips are never part of the warm-weather memories that you like to keep around, so take them out of the picture with a moisturizing lip balm, specifically any one of the products from Eco Lips, because Eco Lips isn’t only good for your lips, it’s good for the world.

 

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Eco Lips Founder: Steve Shriver

Born in the state of Iowa in 1995, Eco Lips is still produced in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and besides their manufacturing location the other aspect of Eco Lips that hasn’t changed in a decade is their pillars of organic, good-for-you ingredients. Not to be confused with “natural” (which has limited strict definition), Eco Lips is USDA certified organic, meaning the ingredients were grown without the use of pesticides, and if you are like the good people over at Eco Lips, you know that your lips are worth the clean growing ingredients.

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Lip Balm 2Eco Lips has a variety of different lip balm products, ranging from SPF 15 balms to vegan salves (made with Candelilla Wax instead of Beeswax), so no matter how conscious of a consumer you are, Eco Lips and Fin & Feather can still make sure you are protected this Spring and Summer, and that your lips will never be dry.

 

 

Be sure to head on over to the Eco Lips website to learn more about their Iowa history, their organic ingredients and reasons why you should know what you are putting on your lips everyday. Better yet, stop on in to Fin & Feather and see for yourself the difference organic ingredients can have on your day.     

Running Across the State of Iowa with Ryan Wade and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Adventure Begins

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Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday April 19th, at the strike of midnight, Ryan Wade will be beginning an adventure of lifetime running across the state of Iowa. He’ll be heading North to South across the eastern edge of the state stopping in small communities to say hello and spend the night wherever the support team can park the RV. While running across the state of Iowa might seem like an individual pursuit, Wade will have people cheering him on and supporting him the whole way and, more importantly, behind his epic run across Iowa is Wade’s ambition to raise $175,000 and receive the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year Award.

 

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DSC_0008Man & Woman of the Year Award

Each year, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society nominates individuals for the philanthropic Man & Woman of the Year Awards. Once nominated, the candidates have 10 weeks to raise as much money as they can and whoever raises the most capital receives the award.  While many fundraising efforts revolve around some classic events (i.e. waffle breakfast, silent auctions & sponsorship) Wade is prepared to take the fundraising efforts to a whole new level which involves over 240 miles across the state of Iowa.


The Route

Beginning in Eitzen, Minnesota, Wade will be starting his journey Tuesday at midnight making his way down the state covering an average of 30+ miles in the seven days it will take to finish his journey. Along the way, Wade will be stopping in communities, raising awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and just like the namesake of his campaign, he will be taking it all One Step At a Time.

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Stay Tuned for More

Stay tuned for more as Wade makes his way across the state, and mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23rd as Wade runs his way through Iowa City. For more information on Ryan’s run, as well as a way to donate to the cause, check out Wade’s Campaign Homepage and Facebook Page today. To follow along with the action as Wade makes his way across the entire state, stay tuned to the Fin & Feather blog because this author, equipped with a camera and GoPro will be traveling across the state with Wade ready to capture all the highs and lows of running across Iowa in support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“Training with Ryan Wade”

Boat Rentals @ H2O (Presented by Fin & Feather)

Since the summer of 2012, Fin & Feather has been able to add a little something extra to the water over at Sand Lake and the Terry Trueblood Recreation Center, and whether you like to paddle a canoe, roll with a kayak or do some SUP’ing, Fin & Feather has you covered with the H20 Center boat and kayak rentals.

Outside View

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H20 always aims to open on Memorial Day Weekend, weather permitting, and depending on the spring forecast, that date is flexible in either direction. The best way to stay up to date on the boat rentals is to check out the H20 Facebook Page.

Operating Hours for the 2016 Summer Season:

Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 

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The best way to enjoy Terry Trueblood is floating on top of the water, and the Fin & Feather H20 station has a variety of ways to make some ripples on the shore. Whether you go with the all-age friendly & compatible Pedal Cruisers (aka Pedal Boats, 4 person capacity), or you hop in a canoe or Kayak (holds 2 or 1 people), if those two aren’t your flavor H20 also has an awesome selection of Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUP’s). Hourly Rates can be found below:

Pedal Boats: $15 / Hour

Canoes/Kayaks: $12/Hour

SUP’s: $10/Hour

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Group Rentals and the Snack Shack

Once you build up a nice appetite after cruising around on the lake, you can stop by the Snack Shack located in the same building as the rentals to fuel up for the rest of your day. Featuring cuisine you’d expect to find in the summer months (soda, chips, chicken tenders, etc.), you don’t necessarily need to pack a lunch for your next visit to Terry Trueblood.
Group rates are available for 10+ people, and there is little to no better way to spend the afternoon with friends than out on a boat. Contact Fin & Feather directly to set up your next group at H20.

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Trout Fishing in Eastern Iowa

Thanks to the good work of the people over at the Iowa DNR, as well as the responsible anglers who use them, the state of Iowa has plentiful trout fishing options all over the eastern part of the state. These trout fishing options range from urban trout fisheries to natural-sustaining streams full of your favorite fish. With options abound, especially being located in Iowa City, it’s the right time of year to start considering where you’ll be catching some trout.

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Urban Fisheries

Generally all urban fisheries are stocked during the months of October – April when the cold water can support the cold-weather fish, and all restocking is subject to reschedule due to weather and other environmental factors. Check out the list of Urban Fisheries below (provided by the Iowa DNR), and follow each link for more information on stocking updates and amenities:

Ada Hayden, Ames
Bacon Creek, Sioux City
Banner Lake (South), Indianola at
Big Lake, Council Bluffs
Blue Pit, Mason City
Discovery Park, Muscatine
Heritage Pond, Dubuque
Lake of the Hills, Davenport
Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge
North Prairie, Cedar Falls
Ottumwa Park Pond
Petocka, Bondurant
Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids
Sand Lake, Marshalltown
Terry Trueblood Lake, Iowa City
Scharnberg Pond,

Wilson Lake, Fort Madison


Self-Sustaining Trout Streams

Up in the northeast corner of Iowa are some of the best (and only) naturally-reproducing trout streams in the state. Home to Rainbow, brown and brook trout, you can test your angling prowess in the streams, much of which are accessible through state and county parks. If you’re looking for a real wild good time, a handful of the streams are more remote, creating an adventure just to get there, but ensuring a satisfying feeling once you land the big one. For a complete Trout Streams List and Trout Streams Map, follow the links provided.


Other Hatcheries

The list is not limited to urban and self-sustaining trout fisheries, and there are a handful of other locations to get your fish on. Because these fishing locales rely on restocking each year, don’t plan on going to these locations out of season and seeing some trout, instead log onto the Iowa DNR Trout Fishing page and check out the Master Calendar for when your favorite streams are getting stocked (see example below).

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Rules and Regulations

If you are planning on using your anging abilities this year to catch some trout, be sure that you not only have your Iowa DNR Fishing License, but that you also procure a Trout Stamp for an additional $12.50 (both available at Fin & Feather). Unfortunately it isn’t free to stock these streams each year with trout, so your contributions are a needed way to keep the trout around (until you pull them out of the water).    

For any questions you might have about obtaining a Trout Stamp, where to go when, and what supplies you need to land the big one, be sure to stop into Fin & Feather before you next trout fishing adventure in Iowa.

Wednesday’s Featured Product: GoPro Accessories

Capture the moment with this Wednesday’s Featured Product: the diverse line of accessories for your GoPro camera. Forget the duct-tape and good intentions, when it comes to securely mounting your potentially expensive GoPro camera, stick with the name-brand, the tested products, and choose from a variety of different GoPro accessories:

 

3-wayThe 3-Way
Part selfie-stick, part tripod, the 3-way mount could be your one solution for a number of shots you want to take. Catch the scene from above, below, or anywhere in between, with fully adjustable segments to this handy mount, your options are limited to your own imagination with the 3-way mount.

 

ChestyThe Chesty

Perfect for front flips on your motorbike or shredding the freshest pow-pow out west, the Chesty harness has long been a staple in the GoPro accessory line. Featuring a comfortable fit and easy function, the Chesty is a wear and go item for your next adventure.

 

The handlerThe Handler

Optimal for your next nautical adventure, the Handler not only provides a comfortable grip for all your shooting endeavors, but acting as a flotation device, that same grip can save you the heartache of watching your GoPro camera sink away from out of your sight.

 

Suction Cup

Keep it simple with the Suction Cup accessory ansuction cupd film the way you want to. Perfect for the side of your car, motorcycle or jet engine, the suction will holds its grip proven to beyond 150 mph. Better yet, the Suction Cup includes a quick release, so once you’re done with the shot you don’t have to worry about leaving a permanent mount on your favorite high-speed vehicle.

 


Handlebar / Seatpost / Pole Mount

HandlebarVersatility is the name of the game for GoPro, and no mount better demonstrates that then the Handlebar / Seatpost / Pole Mount which can attach to, well, just about any slender object you can throw at it. Whether it’s your handlebars or hiking poles, never miss a moment of the action with this 100-in-1 multipurpose mount.

 

Jaws: Flex ClampJaws

If you’re just not sure what kind of mount will get you the shot you want, it’s probably going to be the Jaws Flex Clamp. Perfect for those non-traditional shots, the clamp will hold onto virtually anything within its width, and the rubber necking hose that houses the camera can contort into virtually any shape you need it to, perfect for those hard to get angles.

10 Long-Distance Hiking Trails in North America

Thinking about taking an epic hike in the near future? As much as Iowa has to offer, there is limited long-distance hiking options within our borders. Instead, why not head south, north, east or west to some of the greatest established trails in America. Whether you are looking for a great week in the backcountry, or a lifestyle change with a 6+ month trip, here are some great long-distance hiking trails worth checking out:

The Wonderland Trail – 93 Miles – Washington

Experience the grandeur of Mt. Rainier with a trip on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail and its 360 degree views of this majestic mountain. The Wonderland Trail circumnavigates Mt. Rainier, winding its way up and down the Pacific Northwest terrain and bringing you back to exactly the spot you started, making driving logistics at least a little easier to figure out.  

Dan on the Pinnacle Saddle Trail


The Cohos Trail – 165 miles – New Hampshire

If New Hampshire isn’t on your adventure radar, it should be, that’s because New Hampshire has the white mountains, unforgettable scenery and a culture unique to its geographic region. A great representation of this note-worthy adventurism is the Cohos Trail which extends for 165 miles throughout the state, and over 40 mountain peaks surrounded by surreal Northeastern United States scenery. For those international travelers looking to get a little more action, you can cross the Canadian Border on the northern terminus and continue on the Sentiers Frontaliers Trail well into Canada.  


The John Muir Trail – 211 Miles – California

Perhaps the epitome of backcountry travel, the John Muir Trail paints a brilliant picture of western wilderness including dramatic alpine peaks, serene mountain lakes and vistas that will take your breath away. Primarily located within Yosemite National Park, this trail is adventurous for sure, and for us low-lying midwesterners the altitude is drastic. If you’re planning on taking this epic trip, be sure to plan ahead, because getting your permit for this unforgettable experience might be the hardest part of your journey.

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Superior Hiking Trail – 310 Miles – Minnesota

Following the northern shore of Lake Superior for 310 miles, the Superior Hiking Trail offers users a concentrated dose of state parks and wilderness areas, making this for a jammed-pack adventure worth taking your time with. Easily accessible by the road, many people tackling the Lake Superior Trail do it in “segments” (one section at a time), but if you are in it for the long haul, the trail, the sights and the community will surely help you along.

 

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The Colorado Trail – 500 Miles – Colorado

Stretching from Durango to Denver, the Colorado Trail is touted as the mile-for-mile most beautiful hiking trail in the United States. Whether you subscribe to that or not, know that it is in the running, because this 500 mile trail does exemplify all the reasons people are moving to Colorado by the truck load. Big mountain peaks, stunning alpine lakes and enough elevation to get you feeling light-headed, put this amazing hike on your short list for 2016.

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The Hayduke Trail – 800 Miles – Utah & Arizona

If you have a taste for the southwest, the Hayduke Trail can give you a full serving of sandstone scenery. Winding through Utah’s five National Parks, as well as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, this trail promises some of the biggest and most brilliant scenes of any other trail out there. With good reason, your number one concern on the Hayduke Trail should be water, and while you zig-zag along these primal corridors, at least your thirst for adventure will always be satisfied.

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www.hayduketrail.org – picture by Brian Frankle

The Ice Age Trail – 1,200 miles – Wisconsin

The Ice Age Trail may have been a volunteer-led effort beginning in the 1950’s, but the glaciers that carved their way through the land over 12,000 years ago were the runs that initially created this route. The Ice Age Trail represents one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the country, and this one isn’t even fully complete. To hike the Ice Age Trail all the way through (only 100 people have done this), you will have to use your wits and resources as not the entire trail is properly marked or mapped out.

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The Pacific Northwest Trail – 1,200 Miles – Montana, Idaho, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Trail, not to be confused with the Pacific Crest Trail, winds its way east to west along the northern border of the western United States. Spanning across such signature landscapes as the Rocky Mountains, the Cascade Mountains, the Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula, this trail is sure to give you a few Kodak moments. If you like the northwest scene, this is the trail for you, and once you’ve finished your incredible journey, you can tell people you traveled all the way from the the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean.

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The Pacific Crest Trail – Appalachian Trail – The Continental Divide Trail

The American dream team of National Scenic Trails; combined the Pacific Crest Trail (west coast), Appalachian Trail (east coast), and the Continental Divide Trail (Middle of the country, Rocky Mountains) make up the Triple Crown of Hiking. For those willing to hike the 7,000+ miles of the three most notable National Scenic Trails in our country, expect to see the whole array of environment the country has to offer as you turn your calf muscles into pure steel.

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The American Discovery Trail – 6,800+ miles – North America

Had enough of those easy 2,000-3,000 mile thru-hikes? Perhaps you’d be interested in the American Discovery Trail, which stretches coast-to-coast, from east to west (or vice-versa), connecting 15 states (including Iowa). While not many people thru-hike this entire trail, and most stick to just days or perhaps weeks at a time, two 50-year plus trekkers completed the entire hike in 2013, some 17 months after they started.

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10 Webcams to Keep Your Eyes On

If you’re feeling the midday pull, try transporting yourself to another place. While plane tickets can be expensive and everyday responsibilities might hinder your travel plans, a quick substitute for your mind’s eye could be a well-positioned webcam. To aid in your search for the perfect scene to set your eyes upon, here are 10 webcams that are worth checking out at any part of the day.

Jelly Cam – Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you are having a rough day, just flip on the ole’ Jelly Cam presented by the Monetery Bay Aquarium. Full of lucid images of water movement, it’s hard to not get lost in the virtual wonder of jellyfishes floating across your screen. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Pacific Time, so be sure to check your watches before you get too excited.


 

Paraclete XP SkyVenture Webcam

Live vicariously through someone else for a moment and check out all the fun these indoor skydivers are having at Paraclete XP SkyVenture indoor skydiving zone. Watch as beginners and pros practice their flips and tricks, and maybe find some of your own inspiration to check something off the bucket list this summer.

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Tower Cam Webcam, Visit London

International plane tickets can be expensive. As a low cost alternative you can just view London from your computer. See the many different shades of day at this cultural landmark, and witness the rush hours, lighted nights and if you plan it just right, a spectacular display of fireworks.

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International Space Station Webcam

Will recreational visits to space be a part of your lifetime? The jury is still out there but in the meantime you can check out the view from the International Space Station thanks to its high definition webcam. Catch it at the right time and you can see many different shades of earth from dawn to dusk and everything in between.


 

Decorah Eagle Cam

If you are from Iowa, the Decorah Eagle Cam was probably one of the first webcams you ever pulled up on your browser. That’s because it gained some Iowa internet fame a few years ago when it captured the birth of 3 young eaglets. The Decorah Eagle Cam is ready to go for 2016 and waiting for you to check it out.


 

Northern Lights Webcam, Hotel Highland

The Northern Lights are a rare sight to see, and it’s not that they don’t come often enough outside of the Hotel Highland Northern Lights Webcam, it’s just that the timing of them is a little unpredictable (and usually late at night Iceland time). Test your luck though, or do your research, and this might be the easiest way to see northern lights in Iowa.

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Trevor Zoo Red Pandas Webcam

Pandas have an incurable way of lightening up your day, and these Red Pandas out of New York’s Trevor Zoo are a fun way to see unique animals on a daily basis. The Trevor Zoo is a product of Millbrook High School out of New York, and the student body and faculty ensure proper care for all animals in their space.

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Earth Cam – Rio De Janeiro

Take a trip to Rio with the Rio De Janeiro Earth Cam. Complete with one of the most iconic beaches in Rio and a zoom button, you can see the crowded days and slow moments of the beach, and perhaps if you stare at it long enough you can feel a bit of the warm sunshine.

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Old Faithful Webcam – Yellowstone National Park

If you haven’t made it out to our Nation’s First National Park before, the Old Faithful Webcam will give you a small taste of what you are missing out on. Yellowstone National Park is a hotbed of volcanic activity above and below its surface, and geysers, hot springs and amazing geological features make up the entire vicinity of this 3,500 square mile National Treasure.  

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Doggy Daycare Cam – Minnesota

It’s an indisputable fact that the presence or mere sight of dogs can make your day better, so what better webcam to check out than the Doggy Daycare Cam out of of Minnesota. Full of dogs doing their thing, this tool could also be helpful if you ever have to board your pet in Minnesota and want to keep an eye on things.

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Wednesday’s Featured Product: Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife

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Light My Fire

Get your kindling going with this Wednesday’s Featured Product: the Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife®. Guaranteed to give you a good spark, this handy fire device will not only help you start the campfire for the fish fry, it can gut the fish too. That’s because this knife, well, is a knife, and locked tightly to the bottom of the handle is the best fire starter in the business.

 

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Light My Fire 

Light My Fire isn’t the only business bringing demonstrated technology to the table, and the Swedish FireKnife is a collaboration between the fire starters of Light my Fire and knife makers at Mora of Sweden, who have been producing quality blades for over 120 years. For the FireKnife, Mora chose a Sandvik 12c27 Stainless Steel and a sticky TPE rubber material for grip.

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With both Light My Fire and Mora of Sweden behind the final product, rest assured that if there was even anything else on the market like it, the Swedish FireKnife would outperform. With the ability to produce some of the biggest sparks with the longest distance,  come into Fin & Feather to see yourself the capabilities of the Swedish FireKnife.

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