The couple lives in Des Moines and their procedure was to take Thursdays and Fridays and go out to research three counties each trip. They stayed overnight in the middle county at a locally owned B&B or motel/hotel. They ate all their meals at locally owned restaurants—no franchises. At each county seat, they did some history research at the library and visited the chamber of commerce to get their take on what makes their county special. With this information in hand, they did their own exploring and took notes. They also interviewed one or two people from each county from all walks of life. When they returned to Des Moines, Carson started writing and Connie copyedited his efforts. The pattern was repeated throughout the year starting in January and finishing in December.
The end result is a 400-page, hardcover book that is the vehicle for a text describing the terrain, the four seasons, the people and the basic history of Iowa, as well as the experiences of Connie and Carson as they explored the state. There are color photos on every page (1,400 total) to help the reader visualize the trip. The information-laden text is spiced with humorous anecdotes for a delightful read.
The book is available in about 110 retail outlets throughout the state and can be ordered online at www.carsonode.com.
Authors Carson and Connie Ode with a copy of their book about travels in Iowa.
TO GO INFO:
What: Authors Book Event-Iowa-Spaces, Places and Faces-An Entertaining Ride through all 99 Counties
When: Thursday, April 15, 6 p.m.
Where:Toledo Public Library, 205 E. High.
Free, Public Invited