My Summer in Ames

Many students leave Ames during the summer for a variety of reasons: to go back home, to complete an internship, and etc. And many students, including myself, choose to stay in Ames. I am working full-time as an intern at the same company I worked with last summer, and of course, blogging for Cyclone Life. 

I can easily say that this is the best summer I’ve ever had. There are so many exciting things to do in or near Ames during the summer! As long as you go with the right attitude or the right people, anything can be a blast.

Here’s some of the things that have been keeping me busy this summer so far:

Saylorville Lake

This lake is about a half hour drive from Ames, but it’s open for the public to go swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, and more! I went on a really hot day to cool down, and I gotta say that it was the perfect place to have a little picnic!

Des Moines Gray’s Lake Park

Every month, the Des Moines Parks and Recreation center puts on the “Moon Float,” inviting people to bring their canoes and kayaks and watch the full moon together on the lake. I went with a blow-up raft and enjoyed a peaceful evening watching all the lights and the city’s reflections in the water. One guy even took his dog on his raft!

Des Moines Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Located in downtown Des Moines is the Pappajohn Sculpture Park which is like a free outdoor art gallery and a great place for photoshoots. There were a lot of cool sculptures, but for some reason I was really drawn to the panoramic awareness pavilion. 

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