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Enjoy the beauty of fall in Iowa

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Living as we do in the Midwest, it's easy to forget what a beautiful place this is. I call it the "grass is always greener" phenomenon.

After all, we don't have mountains. There's no seashore within a convenient drive. And, our primary nature view involves miles and miles of corn and soybeans.

But, on a weekend trip to the center of the state, I was awed by the spectacular sights of Iowa in the fall. There were those fields, turned gold by time and temperature. River valleys appeared, as if by magic, with vibrant splashes of gold and red. It was tough to concentrate on the road when the scenery was so spectacular.

The weather forecast for the coming week sounds great, and it's a perfect time to take a little drive to enjoy this special time of the year. You don't have to go far to find vistas to take your breath away. A hour or two spent in the country can do amazing things for an overburdened mind, and a walk in the woods does wonder for the soul.

Take time to enjoy this special time of the year.

Pack something extra with your lunch when you head for work on Friday -a pair of walking shoes.

Join with all your friends and neighbors at noon on Friday to be part of something special - the Start Somewhere Walk.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is asking the state's residents to fit some fitness into their Friday as part of a statewide initiative to improve our collective health. The "Healthiest State Initiative" has as its goal moving Iowa from number 19 to number one in the nation in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

A local group of volunteers has been meeting to plan the area kick-off, a symbolic one kilometer walk on Friday.

There are several walks going on in Spencer at noon, throughout the community. It's easy to participate, just arrive at one of the sites, sign in, and lace up your walking shoes.

After all, on our way to a healthier state, we've got to "start somewhere."

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