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Iowa's Simple Pleasures with Dan Kaercher

Geocaching, Little Swan Lake Winery, Saturday in the Park, Augusta Restaurant (#502)

1) Geocaching – SW Iowa 2) Little Swan Lake Winery – Superior, IA 3) Saturday in the Park – Sioux City, IA 4) Augusta Restaurant – Oxford, IA
Host Dan Kaercher hits the trail to find outdoor treasure using GPS in southwest Iowa, sips some Iowa wine and spends the night in a repurposed grain elevator in northwest Iowa, feels the music at a summer festival in Sioux City, and tastes some fresh Cajun flavors at a restaurant in Oxford. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Dan Kaercher, founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine, travels Iowa in search of hidden treasures and out-of-the-way places for Iowans to visit and explore right here at home.

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