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Getting Off the Interstate in Clear Lake, Iowa

If you've ever traveled along Interstate 35 in northern Iowa, you have definitely noticed the town of Clear Lake. The last major exit as you drive north out of Iowa, or the first major exit as you enter Iowa from Minnesota, for most travelers Clear Lake is a cluster of gas station chains and fast food restaurants. What most miss is the charming resort town just a short … [Read More...]

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5 Tips for the Camping Newbie

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Camping in the Rain? The 5 Things You MUST Have

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