5 Places To Visit Near The Quad Cities This Fall

5 Places To Visit Near The Quad Cities This Fall

The best places for all thing fall in the Quad Cities
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Ever wonder what there is to do in the Quad Cities area during the fall? As summer fades into fall, the leaves begin to change and we are surrounded by the lovely orange and red leaves everywhere. Fall is personally my favorite season. I love how the weather isn't too hot, but it isn't too cold. I love when the leaves fall off the trees and crunch beneath my feet. I love everything about pumpkin patches, apple farms, and all things Fall. If you are like myself and love Fall, here is a list of places you need to check out.

1. Freight House Farmer's Market

Location: 421 W River Dr, Davenport, IA 52801

Every Saturday and Sunday down by the Mississippi River in Davenport is the cutest farmer's market. There are so many vendors that sell a variety of locally grown produce, backed goods, jewelry, crafts, and so much more. I love seeing all of the pumpkins, gourds, and indian corn for sale. Want pumpkins but don't have time to go to the pumpkin patch? Vendors sell pumpkins in every size, shape, and color for super cheap. I also love all the fall baked good and coffees for sale. Who doesn't love a fresh gluten free pumpkin bar or a local coffee shop's pumpkin spice latte? You also get a pretty view of the Davenport Bridge and Ferris Wheel and can pet plenty of friendly dogs.

2. Buffalo Pumpkin Patch

Location: 1500 Front Street, Buffalo, IA 52728

Located about 20 minutes from Davenport is a super cute pick your own pumpkin patch. They also have hayrides, animals, crafts, pony rides, and a corn maze. Not to mention admission is free! They also have something new this year, pick your own sunflowers! This is definitely a place to check out this fall!

3. Stone's Apple Barn

Location: 16115 Hubbard Rd, East Moline, IL 61244

Stone's is a pick your own apple farm. The apples are so delicious and fresh. They also sell amazing apple treats like apple pies, caramel apples, and fresh apple cider in a cute little farm store. I love this apple farm! It is also the perfect location to take some cute Fall photos.


4. Credit Island Park

Location: 2200 West River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803

Covered in trees and down by the river, this park is truly a beautiful place to visit in the Fall. There is a 3 mile path that you can walk, run, or bike on. They also have kayaks, bikes, and canoes available for rental on the island in the early fall.

5. Milltown Coffee

Location: 3800 River Dr #2, Moline, IL 61265

Looking for a cute and cozy coffee shop to do homework and relax this fall? Check out Milltown Coffee in Moline. They have the best coffee and an amazing view of the Mississippi River. The perfect place to spend an afternoon this Fall!


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To Every Father Figure In My Life, Thank You

You didn't have to be who you are, but I'm grateful.
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Another Father's Day has come and gone. To some of us, it's less of a celebration of thanks and more of a salt on an open wound type of deal.

You see, some of us don't have a biological father to celebrate on fathers day. My dad passed away when I was very little, some people were abandoned by their fathers, so on and so forth. But that doesn't mean we don't have a few positive male role models in our lives.

So I want to say thank you to my father figures.

When my dad was no longer around, so many people in this community and throughout my life stepped up to keep an eye on me. Thank you for teaching me what I deserve. Thank you for teaching me how to be the best I can be. Thank you for teaching me kindness and humility. Thank you for wiping the dirt off my face when I fell down. Thank you for giving me a man to look up to and a hero.

It is important for you to know that you didn't have to do all you did for me, but I am forever grateful for the support. I wouldn't be the person I am today, or have the dreams I do or the motivation to accomplish them without you.

Nobody could ever replace my dad, but your support and love can be held in just as high if not higher regard.

So thanks again, for doing what you didn't have to do; being a step dad, a grandpa, or just a family friend, thank you for being my father figure.

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10 things i learned while visiting california

Here's a list of 10 things that I learned about myself and California while visiting there last week.

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I recently traveled to San Fransisco California for the first time, and it truly changed my life so much that I felt the need to write about it. This says a lot because I have also traveled to parts of Europe and Hawaii, and I didn't think it could get any better than that!

1. Alabama is too small for me.

I've always known that I wanted to move out of Alabama as soon as I could, but visiting California just showed me that there is a whole different lifestyle outside of these southern states.

2. There are just so many openminded people in one state.

I have blue hair. I am an openminded person. But I still get a few strange looks or comments like "your natural hair would look so much better" when I'm in my hometown. But in San Fransisco, I got at least 5 genuine compliments on my blue hair a day!

3. Speaking of blue hair, everyone has dyed hair!

When you have dyed hair and you meet someone else with crazy colored hair, you automatically bond with that person through your creativeness. I bonded with half of the state.

4. I Feel like San Fransisco has a place for everyone.

Whether it be China Town, Fishermans Wharf, Haight Ashbury, The Castro, or The Mission, there is most likely somewhere where you belong in San Fransisco alone. If you're like me it might just be at the dog park across the street from the Painted Ladies.

5. I think sea lions are even cuter than dogs. At least from a distance.

Don't get me wrong I'm a dog lover all the way, but I cried so hard at Pier 39 when I saw the tons and tons of sea lions being the good boys that they are. They are just big blubbery water dogs, and I love them.

6. I thought that the entire state would reek of marijuana but it, in fact, did not.

The only time I caught the slightest whiff was when we first turned on to Ashbury Sreet, which was honestly expected.

7. There weren't as many naked people as I was told to prepare for.

Maybe I just picked a good time of year. Maybe I just didn't notice the naked people. Who knows? Maybe the weather just wasn't the right temp for all of the streakers out there.

8. The souvenir shops were a lot cheaper than I had expected.

Everyone says that California is expensive, and they may be correct. BUT they obviously have NOT been talked into a sweet deal for sunglasses in China Town the way that I have. Three pairs of REALLY NICE sunglasses for $30.00? Wham bam thank you, Maam!

9. California does not care about my southern accent. At all.

Everywhere else that I have ever traveled, I have always had people freaking out over my accent. It was not brought up once while I was there.

10. Just one part of California is more eco-friendly than the whole state of Alabama.

They charge 10 cents a bag for the plastic bags we use when shopping, to get you to bring your own reusable bag. They have SO much more public transportation than we do. And almost every trash can is accompanied by a recycling bin. Alabama needs to step it up, just saying.

I love my home in Alabama, don't get me wrong. But I think and hope everyone gets the chance to explore new and different places like this. It was truly a blessing for me. I think all of the amazing things in the world are just a million times more amazing once you get out and see them for yourself. You would be amazed at the world that's out there waiting for you.


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