Some of the Coolest things in DSM

Recently having spent exactly 3 years in DesMoines, Iowa, there might be a bit of confusion around our experience. So I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the whirlwind. Des Moines, Iowa is pretty freakin' cool. I might be a little bias because I was born there, but since this was my first experience living there as an adult, this thriving metropolis shined new for this California Durkee trio. Sure there is no doubt that we experienced quite a culture shock but here are some of the highlights that have made our lives richer: 1. The Bike culture in Iowa is thriving. Coming from the highly competitive Bay Area, we were in awe at just how quickly we were embraced and surrounded by

Hitting 40

Cresting the top of Mt Vision for the 40th time this year by bike was only remarkable in the same way that it always is: bright, clean, refreshing. With muscles still engaged after conquering the dirt climb, the eyes take in the breathe taking views as the breathe is restored by a smooth paved shift in cadence to the actual peak. Hitting 40 today had a bit of significance in the broader picture however, as at 20 weeks into 2015, we are just 20 weeks until my 40th Birthday. Hitting 80 times climbing up Mt Vision by then seems doable, so the goal is now set. Twenty weeks to ground in the accomplishments of my youth as I leap forward confidently with intention. While I never did make it to

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