After Charles mound before driving back to Minneapolis this was a long boring day of driving. It's a nice built up high point once there they make most of it. Surrounding area is middle farms and not close to anything.
What was nice is that you could grab an ear of corn while summiting.
What this highpoint lacks in height or height it makes up for in character. A nice marker has been placed at the site with multiple signposts pointing out the other 49 high points.
WOW - of all the "drive-ups" we have seen so far, this is by far the most well thought out and attended - from the little barn museum to the signs pointing to all the other state highpoints - very nice! Windy and cold but we spent quite a bit of time wandering around looking at all the memorabilia.
We parked in the driveway leaving ourselves a few feet of elevation gain to make the summit. We had a colder state high point summit on Rainier and also at least one of my Elbert climbs. But Hawkeye point will be remembered as a cold, windy November day. Climbing bear Snowball was blown around when he posed for his summit picture on the marker. After taking pictures we then headed over to near Clear Lake, IA and by headlamp visited the memorial at the crash site for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & the Big Bopper.
These folks put a lot of pride and effort into making this place nice. Complete with souvenir key chains for a $1 donation. Very interesting stop. Camped at nearby Marble Beach State Park - Spirit Lake. Highly recommended. #43 for me, #30 for Lillian, #14 for John, #13 for Barb. Fun trip! Last of six for this road trip!
Second High point in the same day after driving from Illinois. However, the farm owners in Iowa really, really appreciate their state's HP, unlike Illinois. It was neat actually, from the poles with signs pointing towards all the other state HP's, to the observation deck, to the walkthrough barn. Loved this one!
What better birthday present then to check off another USA highpoint?
Great trip enjoying the scenic Midwest farmland.
...and also went over to the old pre-1970s version of the high point (Ocheyedan mound). The county and the highpointers club has really done a great job of adding some charm to Hawkeye point. Much more than I expected.
State HP #4
The corn was only a few inches high when I visited, so I had a nice view of the surrounding area. First state high point. Easy start to my new highpointing hobby.
Easy to get to. Lots of corn.
...right there by the silo.
"Climbed" is a loose term here. Still a very well maintained highpoint.
I was scared somebody was gonna come out and tell me to get out of their driveway.
Stopped here while returning home from vacation in Minnesota. They've got a real nice setup here.
Drove from Minnesota's HP the night before and then did this one. This has to be one of the coolest HP sites. A lot of hard work has gone into making this a dream.
middle of night...
Arrived after dark with 1in of snow on the ground and 15 degree weather with a mild breeze.