Clear Lake, Iowa - a hometown Fourth of July

After a decade of hearing from Heidi and Theresa about their amazing hometown, I decided it was time to take a look for myself.  So off I went from LaCrosse, Wisconsin across Minnesota into the wilds of Iowa for 24 hours of adventure.  It was the best decision I've made in a long time.  Everything about Clear Lake was friendly, quaint and unassuming.  Happy Independence Day everyone!!
Heidi and I visited her former "office" The Musky for their signature margaritas and a beer by the lake.

One of the "typical" parade floats.  This one featured a local patriotic band.

A view from the top of the roller coaster.

Getting ready for the big fireworks spectacular over the lake (the show lasted over 30 minutes and was awesome!)

The legendary Surf Ballroom, where Buddy Holly and Richie Valens last played is located in Clear Lake.