Online Traveling #15: Iowa..

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{} Iowa US State

 Description  Iowa, a midwestern U.S state, sits between the Missouri and   Mississippi of rolling plains and cornfields. Landmarks in the capital, Des Moines, include the gold-domed, 19th-century State Capitol Building, Pappajohn Sculpture Park and Des Moines Art Center, noted for its contemporary collections. The city of Cedar Rapids’ Museum of Art has paintings by native Iowan Grant Wood. – Google {}

I am a little curious about this state. I am NOT a sports person, but I hear people talking about Iowa State and I wonder if they are talking about basketball or football – a college team or a pro team?  I don’t think there is a baseball team. (let me ask google that question?) 

“Wow,” I am surprised there isn’t any major pro sports team in the state of Iowa. I just learned something new. I did see more videos  about sports and fairs. When I first saw the word state fair. I automatically thought of two movies  – 

  1. State Fair – Yes, I know this movie was out before I was born, but thanks to  TCM – Turner Classic Movies. I can enjoy these old time movies.  I want to say this movie is about neighbors. The guy comes back from college and takes his not so tom boy neighbor to the state fair. I could be wrong.
  1. Meet Me in St. Louis – I LOVE this movie from the songs to each sister and the dad is so funny. I believe I will watch this again tonight. This will be a nice way to end my stress free weekend.

** For some reason I couldn’t add the pictures to these two movies and I am done trying…. Time to move on…..


Iowa City and The University of Iowa/ 4K drone footage  Oct 24, 2020

PrimoMedia – Chris Biela  Iowa City is located in eastern Iowa. Quick drone tour of downtown and the campus. The Old Capitol Building, the state’s first capitol, now houses a museum of local history. The University of Iowa is a public research university in Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 1847, it is the oldest and the second-largest university in the state.  All captured with DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone and Edited in Premiere Pro. Music licensed with Artlist   

#1 This video was taped in the air. Yes, there were a lot of cool buildings, but I would have liked to see the names of the buildings etc. It is a nice and relaxing video to watch. It may be a year old, but since it was mostly for the view  and no info it was okay….


Iowa’s Oldest City: Dubuque, Iowa 4K. Mar 26, 2021

Chris Harden One could make a strong argument for Dubuque being Iowa’s most unique city. What’s undebatable is that Dubuque is the oldest city in Iowa, as it was a city before Iowa was a state. To this day, Dubuque remains to be an attractive place to live and to visit.{}

#2   This video is too long-winded , with good information, and I enjoyed the view. I may have only got through a little over 16 minutes, but it is a good video.

** Side Note –  My mind is going back to the book I started reading yesterday and I am having a hard time focusing on this video. Just like this video (which I don’t believe was taped in one day) I am going to go back to my book, with a cup of coffee in hand and come back to the state of Iowa.

{} The Iowa State Fair is an annual state fair held in Des Moines, Iowa in August. It began in 1854 and has been on the Iowa State Fairgrounds since 1886. It is based in the state capital Des Moines, Iowa over 11 days in August. With over a million visitors it is one of the largest and best known state fairs in the United States. {}

{}  Splash Art in Urbandale, Iowa Jul 22, 2021


City of Urbandale  Splash Art is the newest endeavor by Urbandale’s Public Art Committee (PAC)! PAC works to enhance the appearance of the City of Urbandale through the integration of art in the public environment. {}

#3    The pretty picture captured my attention before I could even look at another  video. Art around the city not only  makes the area beautiful, but will always make someone Smile 🙂

** side note : I went to three other cities in Iowa and didn’t find one that wasn’t sad, too long ago, or anything that caught my attention. I am ready to enjoy the rest of my night with one of my favorite animes. I have already seen this once, maybe twice before, but I Love it. It’s called ‘My Roommate is a cat’.


Rogue Shogunate –

My Roommate is a Cat’ and the importance of character arcs – Rogue Shogunate Visit

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I came across this blog site and I am like  WOW  and I can’t wait to read more…  

I believe I am going to leave Iowa today and call my time there done. My next place to visit online is  Kansas. I am hoping for some fun videos. I am sure there are more things to do and see in Iowa, just not enough on video. 

Well after a nice day of work, it’s nice to relax with a good anime  to watch or something interesting to read. I was thinking about a cup of coffee, but I promised only one a day. Well, I do two, but that is still better than six..

Bye IV Now, LD*

Online Traveling 14: Indiana.

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I cannot believe it took me three days to come up with a pattern for my next crochet project. I know it was mostly my fault, because I was trying to combine two different patterns together and neither one was having that.

I am doing a basic half double crochet stitch as I look through videos about? Where am I going today? When I checked my list of states and territory of the United States and realized Indiana was or is the 14th state. All I heard was Micheal Jackson voice singing “Going Back to Indiana,” and I am going to have to google to see if that is a song. (I know I am not that old and I should remember these things).

I was right. I just watched a video (I will not add it, because I don’t have any rights to it) and now that I think about it he was from Gary Indiana. Guess where I am going first?

{} Gary City in Indiana Description :   Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois. Gary is adjacent to the Indiana Dunes   National Park and borders  southern Lake Michigan. Gary was named after lawyer Elbert Henry Gary, who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation.  Wikipedia{}



#1 This part of Gary Indiana is like a lot of areas where there isn’t enough money to keep the area where life can grow. There may have been a few abandoned buildings  from business and homes that showed life was there at one time. I am sure the people who are living here are doing the best they can and maybe someday, someone will come, and do a makeover (not raising money to those who are already living there) to bring life back to a forgotten part of Gary Indiana.

{}  Travel Vlog #2: J5Lover Goes Back To Gary, Indiana! July 10,2021

J5LOVER   In this episode of J5Lover I visit the original Jackson family home in Gary, Indiana and meet up with other fans and Youtubers on the 12th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing June 25th! {}

#2  I should watch the video again, because I forgot her name. Anyway, I do agree with her. I heard the house where the Jackson family grew up was small, but I am beyond surprised how small.  

We all are here, because of our past. One can either learn from it and try to move forward to improve on  how we live,  the way we act, and be better than what we were yesterday.

Good – Bye Gary Indiana there isn’t much more to see here today, but who knows what a few years will bring.

{} Chesterton, Indiana Town in the U.S. state of Indiana                           Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships in Porter Country, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 13,068.. {}

{}    #indianadunes #beachesandbeyond  Mar 17, 2021          What Are the Indiana Dunes? – Dunes 101: Orientation/ Indiana Dunes  

Indiana Dunes Tourism  Join Ranger Matt in the Dunes 101 Series to learn everything you need to know about the Indiana Dunes and how to best experience the Indiana Dunes Tourism –​ {}

#3 Another place where there are fun things to do in nature. I may not be the one who would go camping, (unless it is in a log cabin with a few mardon items) but someone may like this idea.  I would rather go when there aren’t a lot of people. One cannot think if there is too much going on around them. (at least for me)

{} Zionsville, Indiana Town of Indiana   Zionsville is a suburban town located in the extreme southeast area of Boone County, Indiana, United States, northwest of Indianapolis…….The … {} 

{}    Zionsville perc State finals 2021 jpurs99{}

#4    I am not sure why I clicked onto this video, because it had very little information about what it was about. I understood it was a school event (high School or College not sure. Again no info)and I just wanted to see what they were doing. It had a dance routine surrounded by music and it was nice to look at. 

{}    July 29, 2021  Living in Rural Indianapolis In NW Zionsville/ Not So Fast!

Living In Indianapolis  Living in Rural Indianapolis In NW Zionsville Indiana/ Not So Fast! {}

#5  This video showed you places where one can live in a quiet area and still be close to a city for things to do and where you can go shopping. I know I couldn’t live anywhere if I couldn’t go shopping every once in a while..

*** Side Note:  I am bored. Let me go to another city and see if there is more to this state..

{} Brownsburg, Indiana Town in Indiana, United States    Brownsbur is a town in Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. The population was 21,285 at the 2010 Census, an increase from 14,520 in 2… {}

{}  Taps Across America 2021 – Mike Stone – Brownsburg, Indiana, USA May 31, 2021 

Taps For Veterans Events Taps Across America   I’m truly blessed to use my talent for honoring our soldiers and country. Distillery Sales Manager for Zeptha Creed in Shelbyville, Kentucky recorded from residence in Brownsburg, Indiana. {}

#6 Now this is a NICE side track video. Yes, I am still in Indiana, but it has nothing to do with the state, but more on honoring our Troops. I wish I could do something to say, “Thank You” to everyone who has served and is serving to not only protect their hometown, but others they do not know.

*** Okay, I didn’t see any video that I wanted to look at. I was considering going to another city, but I believe I am done searching. I guess I am more interested in working on my bright pink project then I am hoping to find a new anime to watch while I work on my project.

These are the colors I am working on now. I know I am going to run out of yarn, but at least I will have something to do for a few days. And maybe just maybe I will be able to go to Micheal’s and enjoy a day of yarn shopping.  Until next time I hope everyone enjoy some free time with family & friends…

Bye IV, Now LD*

Online Traveling 13: Illinois

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{} Illinois State of the States of America

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross  domestic product, the sixth largest population… {}

I know I got side tracked from my  online travels stories , but I haven’t stopped thinking about it. My next stop is Illinois and I can’t wait to see what I find. [it is 6:50pm July 30th, 2021 and after finally fixing a problem on my site ‘wished I had gotten the 3rd person’s name, because he or she was the only 1 who was able to help me’ anyway all I want to do now  is crochet and watch an anime. Tomorrow is another day…..

**Sun 8/1/2021 at 6:38pm –  I have been through at least five cities within the state of Illinois before I found a video that wasn’t talking about retirement. I watched a long video about Galena, Illinois. It had a lot of information, and showed a nice quiet town. Okay, I finally found something and then came the cuss word towards the end, and no way.

I honestly want to work on a different project, but I want to show something from Illinois. There has to be a good video out there…..


Elburn, Illinois, February, 2021 – Sunset Feb 23, 2021  Kennedy Aviation {}

#1 It is a beautiful Sunset…

{}  NAPERVILLE Best of Downtown NAPERVILLE  & Riverwalk/Roadside Attractions/ Il           Mar 11, 2021 Santos Chronicles  Naperville is the 4th largest city in Illinois. Naperville is known for its downtown district and riverwalk. The riverwalk is 1.75 miles  located along the West Branch of the DuPage River. Come join our family as we check out the stores, restaurants, and unique statutes. {}

#2 Now this video actually had me wanting to go there, to take that walk along the riverwalk.

** It is almost 7:30pm and I just realized I haven’t eaten dinner yet and one has to get ready to get back into reality knowing another work week is about to start. I will look one more time for some more videos, otherwise there will just be the two…

8/5/2021 I am so bored with Illinois, but I don’t want to give up on it. I wasn’t going to go to Chicgo, because I only liked the movie hahaha. I just don’t care for their basketball team. I will see if I find something there that catches my intention.

{} Chicago City in Illinois                                                                                                                                                           Description  Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S Famed  for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic john Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. – Google {}

Okay, nothing that makes me want to go there. I came across this website if you wanted to get where to go etc etc.. Time to go online and see if I can find a video, before I close out this  state, and move on…

{} Chicago Illinois Travel Guide 2021     

Island Hopper TV  Have you been in search of things to do in Chicago when  you visit? This Chicago travel guide gives you travel ideas for your next vacation to Chicago. We explored Navy Pier, the John Hancock Center, 360 observation deck, Lake  Michigan, the Chicago river and much more. We also take a stroll down Michigan Avenue and show you all around the museums of Chicago. When visiting Chicago you will also want to try some of the world famous Deep Dish Pizza or a Chicago style hotdog.#Chicago #Illinois #TravelGuide {}

#3 Yes, I am smiling, because I like this video. The buildings remind me of home,(NY) but by the water it looked like a cool place to walk. I may not want to go there, but it was a good video. I am grateful there wasn’t a word about their basketball team.

** Then again I do like their baseball team. Yes, I like the Chicago Clubs, as long as they are not playing the New York Yankees, because I am always a Yankees girl. 

I am sorry this will be my shortest trip, because I am so over Illinois –

{}Western Spring College – Nga Puna o Waiorea Waiata Tira ASB Polyfest 2021 April 21, 2021 Whakamoemiti Tipuna  {}

#4 I didn’t really want to close out my story with just three videos and Western Springs is a city in Illinois. It mostly had trains and although I like trains (especially the ones in Europe) I came across this video and although I had no idea what it was about. My first thought was how brave these young people were to be on stage and I wanted to see what they were going to do. It was a nice song. I am sure there is a meaning unbeknown to me, but I was HAPPY listening to it. 

** I believe I can leave Illinois knowing there were a few places and sounds I liked.

**A second thought. I will not say anything else about this video, but just in case someone wanted to know what  video got me upset a little. This is it: 

 {}   GALENA

Illinois’ Most Popular Tourist Town: Galena, Illinois 4K Mar 31, 2021  {}

Bye IV Now, LD*

Online Traveling Part 12: Idaho

{} Idaho : US State  Description : Idaho is a northwestern U.S state known for mountainous landscapes, and vast swaths of protected wilderness and outdoor recreation areas. The capital, Boise, is set in the Rocky Mountain foothills and is bisected by the Boise River, which is popular for rafting and fishing. The city’s riverfront Julia Davis Park is a downtown green space containing a rose garden, museums and a zoo. – Google {}

Everyone has heard of Idaho, because of a vegetable. I am talking about potatoes, of course. I know its a state, but never thought past this one simple fact. I know that is sad, but it’s the truth. 

I am on this journey of online traveling, because I want to learn about every state within the US. Then I will move around the world. I am going to start with Twin Falls, Idaho.

{} Twin Falls : City in Idaho   Description : Twin Falls is a city in southern Idaho. It’s known as a gateway to Snake River Canyon, which lies just to the north. At the canyon’s eastern end, Shoshone Falls cascades over a broad series of rocks. Trails along the canyon rim lead to the towering Perrine Bridge, which offers  panoramic views and is a popular launching point for BASE jumpers. At the town’s northern edge, Perrine Coulee Falls tumbles over a cliff, – Google {}

{}  An unexpected Idaho adventure//1 day in Twin Falls June 8, 2021

Travel With ATeam  After leaving Yellowstone early, we stopped for 1 day in Twin Falls, Idaho. As a last minute plan, we had no idea what we were getting into, and it turned out to be the most incredible surprise! We visited Shoshone Falls and Dierks Lake and fell in love with Idaho. We know we didn’t get enough time to really explore and are already looking forward to when we can head back! {}

#1 – Had to look at three videos before I found something up to date. I like the waterfall. The view was great. I also like the walkway. I myself would still be wearing a face mask, but that’s me.

Side Note: I had put this aside, because – I don’t want to say I was bored. I just need to go to a different city in Idaho. I am sure there is something fun to see.  

{}  KETCHUM .  Walking To The Cold Springs Bridge – Ketchum, Idaho May 23, 2021

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#2 There wasn’t any music or anyone talking, but I enjoyed this short video. You could hear the water, along with a few cars driving by, and a dog or two. I LOVED the trees.   

{}  #mountainbeaches #ketchumidaho #ketchum   Sep 25, 2020

We Go OFF GRID near Ketchum Idaho – Camping, Boondocking and RV Living

Mountain Beaches   Ketchum Idaho was our nest stop for camping and boondocking. If you want to see the Sawtooth National Forest and Ketchum, Idaho, this is a great place to boondock. Another great activity is to take the drive from Ketchum to Stanley Idaho. {}

#3  This video made me Smile, first with watching the eagle fly high in the sky to the beautiful painting only ‘Mother Nature’ can paint.  I would love to just walk around all the trees and no one else be around, but I don’t know if I can sleep overnight within its beauty. 


Living Life In North Idaho   Everything You Need To Know about why Sandpoint Idaho is your dream location {}

#4  This video has more information than the video and I am done with Idaho… . Then again they pretty much told me there wasn’t anything else to see or do.. I guess it is a good time to say, “Good-Bye to Idaho”…


Online Traveling: Hawaii Part 2

I was hoping to do something different. A little more information on different cities in Hawaii to go along with the video. I am not going in order nor am I going to a lot of places, but hopefully some cool choices…

{} Lahaina   Census-designated place in Hawaii

Description  Lahaina is the largest census-designated place in West Maui County, Hawaii, United States and includes the Kaanapali and Kapalua beach resorts. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a resident population of 11,704. Wikipedia {}

{} Lahaina Town Maui Hawaii April 2021

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#1 – I am sorry I didn’t notice this video didn’t have any info about it, other than its title, and this is a first for me. Nice outdoor shopping malls, and trees. 

{}   Exploring West Maui, Hawaii/Kaanapali Beach & Lahaina/Hawaii 2021. April 29, 2021        MacKenzie Taylor  In today’s video, we venture to Maui’s west shore and explore Kaanapali Beach, Kapalua Bay, and Lahaina! {}

 #2  – I am Happy I looked for another video in Lahaina, because this one was so much fun. I LOVED looking at the trees and the easy way the two days went. She may not have been feeling well and I think it was brave of her to not only be out in about, but to do a video on top of that.  I would visit here if/ NO when I go to Hawaii.

I want to  go and explore some more, but I need to get back to work. My 30 minute walk this morning cleared my head and the more I think about what makes me “Happy” the more focus I get. 

I am not going to let anyone control my steps or make me doubt who I am. I also realized I have been where I needed to be all along. I just need to take charge and maybe one day. I can go to these places I have been posting about. 

Side Note:  Today is Friday 6/25/2021 at 10:40am est..

{} Hilo           – Census-designated place in Hawaii                                                            Description   – Hilo is a town on Hawaii, commonly called the Big Island, in the state of Hawaii. It’s known for Wailuku River State Park, featuring Waianuenue, or Rainbow Falls, with its colorful mist effects. The  bubbling basalt-lava rock pools known as the Boiling Pots are nearby. To the south is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to rainforests and the active Kilauea and Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. – Google {}

{}  HAWAII Hawaii (Big Island) Travel Guide  2021/11 Tips for THE BEST Hawaii Vacation Jun 12, 2021

The Vacation Guide  From where to stay, to where to eat our favorite Big Island Hawaii beaches, here is our ultimate guide to Hawaii. Let us show you around the Big Island! {}     

#3  Good information…..

{}  MAUI  – The Best Time to Visit Hawaii Weather, Smallest Crowds, and Best Prices are in this Month  Sep 4, 2020

{}The Hawaii Vacation Guide   As residents of Maui, we have our favorite month. But we dug into the data to prove that October is the best time (month) to visit Hawaii. Watch to find out why and what the worst time to visit is for your family vacation. {}

#4  – I was surprised to find another video from this cool family and they answered a question that I always wanted to know? I have never liked a lot of people around me (even when I lived in NY) and in this new age where too many people could make one sick – Yes, I would like to know when is the best time to go to Hawaii  with less people and this video answered that question. THIS was the BEST information yet…

{} Kapalua – Census-designated place in Hawaii      Description – Kapalua is a census-designated place in Maui County, Hawai `i, United States. A resort development by the Maui Land & Pineapple Company extends inland from Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay. The population was 353 at the 20210 census. Wikipedia  {}

 I couldn’t find a video I like and at this point I am done with Hawaii….

Bye IV Now, LD*