Jump in your favorite car, fire up the engine, roll down the windows, turn up the radio, and put on your biggest smile. It is time to hit the road to show your support for state parks in Iowa.
The crew for Anna Rea the 1930 Ford Model A invites everybody to drive along for the visit to Spring Lake State Park on October 23, 2021. While the tour is emphasizing vintage or classic cars, participants can join the fun in any vehicle of their choice. Interested people can meet up with the tour in Jefferson at Thomas Jefferson Gardens of Greene County Welcome Center at 3:30 p.m. We will depart Jefferson in time to arrive at Spring Lake State Park by 4:00 p.m. We will do a windshield tour of the park and listen to a short presentation by park staff.
Crew members are Kevin Szcodronski of Ankeny and Ann Raisch of Eldora. They will be leading the tour in an original 1930 Ford Model A affectionately named Anna Rea to visit all 94 state parks in Iowa. The crew at each park visit will be referring to the newly published book titled “Iowa State Parks – A Century of Stewardship 1920 – 2020. You can get your copy of the book at the University of Iowa Press website, Amazon Books, and your local bookstore.
The purposes of the tour are to show support for state parks in Iowa, recognize the contributions that state parks provide to our quality of life, celebrate Iowa State Parks Centennial, and enjoy traveling along Iowa’s most scenic roadways at a leisurely pace. Our challenge to you is to drive at Anna Rea’s cruising speed of 40 mph!! This trip is also about the most fun you can have and never leave Iowa. You will visit Iowa’s most beautiful areas and meet some of our best people. Take this challenge to get a glimpse of wildlife in road ditches, have more time to enjoy barn art, wave at oncoming drivers, and beep your horn at the people along the route greeting us!! We will do a lot of smiling, and hopefully put smiles on the faces of others as we travel along the way.
People can participate in the tour for as many visits to state parks as they desire. Be warned though. Once you start, you may not want to stop! There is no fee, however please contact Kevin at least a week in advance to help us better plan the tour.
Three tour loops with 36 state park stops are being accomplished in October 2021. The remaining 4 loops and 58 parks will be scheduled for some time in 2022. More information about the tour can be found on the website: www.annareamodela.com and you can email Kevin Szcodronski by at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 515-240-7668.
So grab your keys and come along to see the best of Iowa!!
Anna Rea says, “AHOOOOGA.”
Anna Rea and her Crew Kevin Szcodronski and Ann Raisch