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Into the Heartland: 10 Links You’ll Love

As part of our Slice of Americana Series” every Saturday in July we’re sharing fascinating links to some great bloggers who write about their lives and adventures in the USA. Last weekend we traveled into The West. This week we’re featuring The Heartland.

1. INDIANA
I was born in Indiana and always thought we Hoosiers had exclusive rights to good old St. Nick – you know, the Jolly Fat Man. Juliann at Browsing the Atlas explains why.

2. ILLINOIS
If you love architecture the way we do, then head on over to Virginia’s 23 Buildings You Shouldn’t Miss in Chicago.

3. IOWA 
In the summer there’s nothing more All-American that baseball. Megan at Olio in Iowa does something I’ve always wanted to do. She visited “Field of Dreams” (Remember the movie with Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones?).

4. KANSAS
There are few things more American than a State Fair. From butter carvings to wheat fountains, Catherine shares 100 Years of the Kansas State Fair.

5. OKLAHOMA
Jeff at Planet Bell goes Wildlife Watching in the Wichita Mountains. His warning: “If You Feed Prairie Dogs then I HATE YOU!”

6. NEBRASKA
Peggy at Where to Next? says you can get all things cowboy in Nebraska …  with great photos to prove it!

7. ARKANSAS
Addie at old world new girl loves Arkansas and introduces us to some of its treasures.

8. SOUTH DAKOTA
Tara at Snapshots and Sojourns gives us 10 great reasons to visit South Dakota.

9. TEXAS
Lulu gives a wonderful answer to the question, “How will you know you’re in Texas?”

10. WISCONSIN
Tosh at The Other Fork in the Road has written a smile-inducing love letter to Wisconsin.

Stay tuned for more from The Heartland this coming week.

Have a great weekend!
Terri

This post is part of our “Slice of Americana Series” for July. Click here to see all the posts in the series.

A LITTLE LAGNIAPPE (something extra) …

Because July is such a hot month in the States, I thought a little something to cool you off might help. Join Nicole at THIRDEYEMOM as she explains the art of surviving a Minnesota winter.

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Photo Credits:
1. Terry Shuck via Wikimedia Commons
2. rachjose
3. EricPruis

54 thoughts on “Into the Heartland: 10 Links You’ll Love

    • You’re welcome Lulu. I just loved your post, and the “Husband Day Care” sign totally cracked me up! 🙂 And the belted galloways – growing up we always called them our “Oreo Cows.” ~Terri

    • I’m so glad that you’re enjoying it Rusha! In addition to all your great traveling, you do such a wonderful job of highlighting what’s going on in your neck of the woods, so I set out to find some more “Rushas.” 🙂 ~Terri

    • Totally my pleasure Juliann. I just love the way you write. 🙂 And since you know that Indiana is near and dear to my Hoosier heart, your post makes me smile. Who can resist Santa Claus? ~Terri

  1. Nice idea! I only know Virginia and I can’t promise to make time to visit any of the others. Somebody keeps stealing it when I’m not looking 🙂
    Happy days, you two!

    • Thank you Dina. I just took a look at Andrea’s site and it’s wonderful. I love the approach she’s taking. Thanks for letting me know about it. Have you submitted anything? ~Terri

  2. Fantastic! Loving this series and actually it is ironic as MN has been unseasonably cool this summer but Monday it will hit 95! I will be rereading my post on winter then to cool off! 🙂

    • Wow Nicole! 95!!!! I didn’t think it ever got that hot up there. Sounds like we sent some Georgia weather your way. Your winter post is wonderful – just the breath of cool air we needed. 🙂 ~Terri

    • Thanks Carol. I remember how hot it can get in England – I was always so surprised. But at least you know in September it will start cooling off. For us here in Georgia, we won’t get a whiff of cool air until late October. ~Terri

    • You’re welcome Jeff – that post was great! We spent a lot of time camping in South Dakota a few summers ago and it’s everything that Tara says. We’ve also been there in winter and it’s gorgeous. I think you’d like it. ~Terri

    • You’re welcome Peggy. I thoroughly enjoyed your post because it reminded me of my Dallas days and my first experience with cowboy paraphernalia! And when you mentioned the cowboy/country cookbooks at Young’s I swooned – but not so sure I would go for the one devoted entirely to rhubarb. 🙂 ~Terri

    • Thank you LuAnn. And I just love the piece you did on Isle Royale. We have a relative who is the General Manager there, and we understand it’s gorgeous. It’s on our bucket list, but we haven’t made it there yet. Where are you headed next? ~Terri

      • We have a friend who recently backpacked at Isle Royale and loved it! We are headed across MN, with a short stop to visit friends who are also traveling in our direction, into the Dakotas to visit a few more NP’s.

      • Finally, but while in the boundary waters near Ely the mosquitoes finally found us. With all that water, it was bound to happen. 🙂

  3. Thanks for featuring my blog post about the Kansas State Fair in your list. It’s about that time again for the Fair, too! Thanks especially for linking all of the other great posts of my fellow Midwesterners! Some great reading and inspiration there. (We’re going to our county fair tonight. It’s my first time for that…)

    • You’re welcome Catherine. I just love State Fairs, so your post really tweaked my craving for a corn dog. 🙂 I grew up on the Indiana and Ohio State Fairs, but when we moved to Dallas years ago and met “Big Tex” I knew that I was hopelessly hooked. We haven’t been to our Georgia State Fair yet – must put that on the list. How was the county fair? ~Terri

      • The county fair was great! I can’t believe I’ve never been to it before. I’ve lived in Johnson County a LONG time. I’m looking through my photos this morning. I can almost smell the funnel cakes! There were corn dogs there, too (of course!)

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