Without fail, when my family is traveling and we come to a hilly or mountainous area, we break into song. It's silly, but it's kind of a tradition. At this point, Levi's not a fan. He told my mom and I, "Top that, top that!" (stop that, stop that) each time we started to sing it. It's OK. We have time to bring him around. Soon enough he'll be singing it like a little von Trapp.
For those of you who've never had the pleasure of driving around northeast Iowa, it is gorgeous in any season. However, like most places, it's even better in the fall. Most people outside of Iowa think that the whole state is flat. Quite the contrary-hills pepper the Iowa landscape. Some are gentle and rolling, others are more steep and dramatic. Near the river valleys there are often rocky cliffs and bluffs.