Your Best Summer Yet

Matt Boelman and Kory Ballard

We’re saying goodbye to La Nina and getting ready for your best summer ever. As we reported in an earlier post, La Nina is characterized by warm temperatures and above-average moisture, and she delivered exactly as we predicted. For most of us in Iowa and Nebraska, that meant a winter with more rainy days than snowy days, and many more days spent killing time in the shop changing oil in our snow blowers, than actually digging out from any big dumps. For guys that live to dig and plow, it was a long winter with a lot of time for daydreaming and making plans for warmer weather. Now that the mercury is climbing, we’re ready to get after it!

This spring, we’re exploring a wide range of topics related to the American Man. After a winter without any below-zero days to speak of, we’re kicking things off by cranking the temperature all the way down to minus-250-degrees Fahrenheit. Yep. You read that right, minus-250. Check out the story on KryoVitality and learn all about the health benefits of severe vasoconstriction and rapid vasodilation (and yes, we’ll tell you what that actually means).

To get your heart cranking again after the big freeze, we’ll take you over to Fontanelle Supply Company to get outfitted. This new shop in the East Village is hand-crafting all kinds of leather and denim goods that you won’t be able to figure out how you lived without. In addition to offering everything from leather field guides to motorcycle helmets, these guys are also experts at axe sharpening too.

Of course in Iowa, the word “spring” is synonymous with “motorcycle,” so we’ve got a small piece with tips on how to get your bike prepped for those late summer sunsets. While you’re on your ride, we recommend that you head out to the new brewery, Reclaimed Rails, in Bondurant. The brewery looks like a museum and the beer is so good you’ll want to be sure to have Uber on speed dial. Check out the story here.

This spring our landscape construction department is packed with exciting new projects throughout the region as new residential projects seem to be sprouting from the soil of downtown Des Moines like tulips. One of our features tells the story of Tim Rypma, who at the tender age of 37 is somehow considered one of the pioneers of the city’s rebirth.

Check it out. Soak it up. And make it your best summer ever.

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