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Rediscover Longview Park in Rock Island

We headed to Rock Island’s Longview Park this weekend – a favorite of ours going back to when my husband and I had our first date together playing disc golf – and confirmed, yet again, why this is one of our very favorite Quad Cities parks. If you have babies or toddlers, you MUST go and check out the Expression Swings!

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West Lake Park – You Should Tri or Try it

Every June for the past 10 years, my husband has completed in the Quad Cities Triathlon at West Lake Park in Davenport, IA. Each year when we go to cheer him on, I am reminded of all the unique recreational opportunities in the Quad Cities. Doing a triathlon at West Lake is pretty fun, but just hanging out there is something else you should try.

Two things you should tri/try at West Lake:

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Return Visit: Early Fall at Vander Veer Botanical Park

On the first perfect fall day last week, I drove south on Harrison Street and decided to take a turn into Vander Veer Park in Davenport to see what  the new season had brought to the botanical center. The park, established in 1885, and conservatory are a special place for me to gather my thoughts and to enjoy nature in the middle of the city.

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Go Outside: QC Outdoor Attractions

Three and a half years ago I moved to the Quad Cities from my hometown in Central Illinois. Though I’m not a native, I have come to love it here; Whitey’s Ice Cream, local beers, and the Figge Art Museum have all found a place in my heart. I’ll admit I’m still not the biggest fan of QC style pizza, but I absolutely love living less than a mile away from the Mississippi River. I’ve made friends here. I’ve learned a lot about life, myself, and adventure here. I started writing Intrepid Daily here. In other words, the Quad Cities area has become my home.

I’ve become part of a community here that I truly value, and I want to share that with all of you. If you’re a neighbor of mine here in the Quad Cities, a recent transplant, or plan on visiting anytime soon, I’d love to help you get started having your own adventures in the outdoors. With that in mind, here are a few local outdoor attractions that I recommend. From hiking and camping to biking and boating, there’s something for everybody so get out there and have a great time at one (or all) of these local spots.

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Friday Live at 5 - who cares 2011

Family-friendly summer concerts in the Quad Cities

If you love music and you love spending time outdoors, the Quad Cities has tons of can’t-miss concerts for the entire family.

My husband and I have enjoyed outdoor concerts for years in parks across Illinois and Iowa. It was one of our favorite parts of summertime in the QC. When my son came along, we couldn’t wait to bring him along.

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Cool Off in the Summer Heat

It’s almost that time of year where the temperatures rise and the sun shines brightly down on then QC. And what better way is there to welcome summer vacation than heading out to cool off in our local pools? Whether on the Illinois side or Iowa side, there’s a place for you, your friends and family to take a dip in the cool waters of summer, starting Memorial Day weekend.

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12 months of QC family fun

It’s a new year, which means it’s also the time for resolutions!

Forget the healthy eating and exercise (at least for the duration of this post). I have a suggestion for a great resolution for your entire family – a year of family fun right here in the Quad Cities!

This year, resolve to do something each month with your family in the Quad Cities. These mini adventures will be a great way to try new things and have lots of fun along the way!

Here are a few suggestions of activities my family is going to try each month of the year! (And be sure to add your own suggestions in the comments!)

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Pedal, Paddle, Trail

It was warm September morning and I was midway through an intense mountain biking workout at Scott County Park. Just as I rounded return that would lead me into a grove of trees, a deer ran across the path just 3 feet in front of me. My initial reaction was to jerk my handlebars in the opposite direction of the deer, resulting in what could only be described as an amateur version of aerial acrobatics that unfortunately was not captured on camera. I stood up and dusted myself off, hopped on my bike, and finished my work out with a huge grin on my face.

I was recalling a day just two months prior when I was biking with my son, Alex, at Scott County Park. He was insistent that we ride Area 51 (the Double Black Diamond route…or REALLY TOUGH for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term).

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