a lakeside weekend | okoboji, IA

a lakeside weekend | okoboji IA

as we began our drive north to the lake, I declared “soon we’ll be sipping fruity cocktails + enjoying the palm trees – this is our tropical vacation!“. skeptical we’d find any palm trees in northwest iowa, we all laughed. many of our favorite summertime events + activities have been cancelled, leaving us with more open weekends than usual. on this particular one, instead of staying home, we opted for a short trip. we made the 3.5 hour drive from des…

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