Just setting here thinking about all the things going on this summer and wondering when I will take a vacation and more so why. This area abounds with activities that are fun and family oriented and don't cost a lot of money, a key reason for this old skinflint. I have attended a lot of sauerkraut, watermelon, sweetcorn and porkfest days not to mention celebrations of this states diversified nationalities. Iowans pretty much celebrate anything that involves food, music and agriculture just throw out a cause and we'll have a fundraiser or festival in no time. We are a giving and proud people who like to share time together and I could not be happier. You know the saying that "Blood is thicker than water" I think Iowans blood must be the thickest with the feeling of community. If you want to save money, vacation Iowa there is plenty to celebrate all around you.