Iowa rain forest a bunch of monkey business

How smart is a $180 million plan to create a rain forest as a tourist attraction and educational facility in … Iowa?

Updated: May 9, 2004, 4:47 PM ET
By Ron Schara | Host of ESPN2's
"Backroads with Ron & Raven"

You can't go home again, they say … yet there's plenty to discover if you do.

I walked the hills of Iowa the other day. Sounds of gobbling wild turkeys echoed off the ridge tops at dawn. Turkey tracks and droppings littered wooded trails, which, by the way, were also packed and worn by the hooves of whitetail deer.

When I was an Iowa boy, a kid who grew up in the woods — hunting squirrels, seeking morels, walking trout streams — there was no such thing as a track or ...

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