There are lots of deer. They can be anywhere. They even somtimes end up in the city.
When visiting Cedar Rapids, there will be a certain smell. It will be quaker oats.. It is mainly the smell of CAPTIN CRUNCH CRUNCH BERRIES!.. Seeing to it i live in the area I am used to.. It is one sure site that your in cedar rapids!
Also the cedar river gives off a smell too.
So yeah watch for dear an the smells of CR
If you are traveling in Iowa, always be sure that the vehicle you are driving is in working order and has gas. Getting stranded in the middle of nowhere is not a lot of fun. Of course, any Iowan would let you use their cell or house phone, but it could be quite a hike to find anyone.
In case you might end up walking, always have a bottle of water in your car, so that the dry, continental weather does not dehydrate you.
There's an odd smell in Cedar Rapids. I have no idea what it is, or why it's there. The town itself seems like a nice spot. It's got a cute little skyline along a nice little river (presumably with rapids). It's Iowa's second largest city, so I'm sure there are wonderful things to do.
But the smell kinda drove me out.
I have just been told that the Quaker Oats plant is the reason for the smell. That's good to know. So, fear not, America! Cedar Rapids sacrifices its nostrils so that we might eat oatmeal. Well done!
There aren´t many dangers in the country. People don´t lock their doors! Possible dangers:
1) getting into a car accident (ok, there are not many cars on the interstate, but some drivers really don´t know how to drive!)
2) hitting an animal on the interstate
3) getting bitten by an animal
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