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Kayaking on The Yellow River

 Whoever thought that people would be attracted to Northeast Iowa just to go kayaking.   Every year a group of people, sometimes up to 20 of them flock to Northeast Iowa’s Yellow River.  Iowa, known for cornfields is seldom thought of as a great place to kayak.  Low and behold in a remote region of Iowa that is full of limestone bluffs, valleys, trees and scenery beyond belief with eagles and vultures flying overhead, there is a clear stream with rainbow and brown trout and smallmouth bass. The Yellow River has the steepest vertical elevation fall of any river in Iowa.

Your launch may be at a bridge called 16, a name that was given to a small community that existed there in the late 1800’s.  Spend four hours on the Yellow River, stopping to fish or have a shore lunch with friends on a hot July day and you would swear that you were in Colorado or somewhere out west having the time of your life.  There are beautiful vertical walls lush with liverworts and often the more observing kayakers will stop by the walls and pet the Lichens or Liverworts as they are known because they have a feel that is so special and unforgettable.  Takeout may be at Ion, a ghost town now with nothing left.  A huge flood destroyed the whole town of 149 people back in 1916.  There was a hotel, a hardware store, a sawmill and a gristmill.  An old timer, Bill Aard, saw his best friend cut in half at the sawmill.  Bill never traveled more than 20 miles out of the valley during his whole life.  He died at 103 years of age.

There now exists just downstream from Ion a well known native seed and plant nursery and The Natural Gait.  Many people stay at The Natural Gait in one of their exquisite log cabins for their venture down the Yellow River.

Whether you go to kayak or scenery or just to relax, the Yellow River is a place to remember.

By Howard Bright



Concert in A Cave Series Featuring Michelle Lynn Will Be Held at The Natural Gait


PRLog (Press Release) <http://www.prlog.org> Sep 23, 2010 – Cave Concert Series – Lower Gait Oct 9th, 2010 featuring Michelle Lynn, Vocalist, guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter Michelle Lynn has been blending elements of calypso, gospel, blues, reggae, and alternative rock into an idiosyncratic style of New Age Folk that is uniquely hers since 2005.

With literate, transformative lyrics and a luminous, soulful voice; singer-songwriter Michelle Lynn  connects the personal with the universal–and the spiritual with the profane–by confronting broader themes such as sustainability, feminism, dreams, religion, love, and the global economy through the various archetypes she finds in and around her. Michelle’s new album Pre-Echoes for the Postmodern  blends elements of calypso, gospel, blues, reggae, and alternative rock into an idiosyncratic style of New Age Folk that is uniquely hers.

This will be a unique experience you won’t want to miss. Ticket price is $25.00 which includes dinner. Dinner. Dinner served at 6:00 and music starts at 7:00. Space for this concert will be limited, so book your spot right away, Call 877-776-2208 to get your ticket.

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Log Cabin resort in Northeast Iowa on the Yellow River. We’ll enhance your vacation adventure whether it is fishing, bird watching, hammock time, hiking, canoeing & kayaking, horse trail riding or just plain exploring. http://www.thenaturalgait.com

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