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Looking for some guys to be part of my "Ask the Man" Team ...

Ask The Man (our Mancation idea suggestion feature) has been more successful than I expected but unfortunately I don't have time to be able to respond to all the inquiries that are coming in. So what I want to do is assemble a panel of guys from around the country who want to be part of the response team, suggesting ideas based on the queries that come in.

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10 Awesome Iowa Mancation Ideas

John Wayne in True Grit

John Wayne Birthplace

John Wayne (or Marion Robert Morrison as he was born)'s birthplace is in Winterset, Iowa and the museum there has accumulated one of the biggest collections of John Wayne memorabilia in the world. Each May, the museum also hosts the John Wayne Birthday Celebration - May 23-24, 2014. The celebration is very much a collection of "western" traditions including a rodeo, western swing dance, and cowboy mounted shooting demonstrations. However there are also historical discussions about The Duke, a marathon of his films, and of course tours of his birthplace.

John Wayne birthplace home

If you can't visit this year, you should plan for next year's Birthday Celebration which will mark the opening of the brand new John Wayne Birthplace Museum 


John Deere Factory tours at multiple locations in Iowa and Illinois

John Deere Factory Tours

John Wayne might have shown us "How the West was Won" but John Deere folks are the ones that did it one farmer at a time. A tour of their factory and visit to their museum is the perfect opportunity to inject your adventure with a bit of extra testosterone as you watch these giant machines come to life or as John Deere says, "See where giants are born". Since these are tours of real working factories the tour schedule is highly subject to manufacturing schedules.

There are actually several John Deere Factory Tours that are available. However, we recommend that you contact them directly for availability: Harvester Works in Moline, IL(309) 765-8000, Tractor Cab Assembly Operations in Waterloo, IA (319) 292-7668, Engine Works in Waterlook, IA (319) 292-5347, or the Des Moines Works in Ankeny, IA (800) 450-2670.

Additionally, the John Deere Headquarters in Moline (across the river from Davenport IA) is also open for visitors to their display floor featuring 2,200 pieces of memorabilia across 1,400 acres of land where you can sit in the operator's seat and pretend that you are down on the farm with both antique and modern farming equipment.

Hunter with buffalo from Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch

Buffalo Hunting

Anyone can hunt deer but how about going after some big game like actual Buffalo! While this animal may have been hunted to near extinction 100 years ago it is now a carefully managed species that you can hunt in certain places such as the Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch can provide the thrill of hunting these massive animals. Each hunt is preceded by a Sioux "smudge feather" ceremony and after taking your bull guests will perform the "sacred Crow 'tobacco' ceremony" to honor and help guide the animal to the "Great Spirit Herd" and culminates with the blood marking ceremony in which you honor the bull.

Buffalos in the snow Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch

While most of Iowa is open prairie and corn fields, these buffalo hunts take place on foot through heavy, hard wood timber, brush, creeks and some open meadows. Rifle hunters can expect 70-125 yard shots and bow hunters can expect a 25-35 yard shot with time.

Hunts are offered as a complete package including lodging and meals in an 1870 ranch home and ...

Introducing JagerBonds

To help share the excitement of the JagerBonds app, the company asked me to create a JagerBond and share some information about the mobile app with you. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are mine.

For those of you who have always wondered, the name Jagermeister comes from the German word for "master hunter". The spirit was created by a passionate hunter as a strong drink to toast achievements and seal bonds amongst strong men. 

Those who have tried Jager are familiar with the distinct flavor of this spirit that is unlike anything else. This is because it's recipe contains a mixture of 56 herbs, blossoms, roots, and fruits from around the world and then aged in oak casks.

Our goal tonight was to watch a fantastic night of baseball - and we were blessed with a night ending in a San Diego win over the LA team!


To help capture the night, we downloaded the JagerBonds app from Google Play (it is available on the App Store as well as Google Play), installed it on both of our phones and connected it to our Facebook and Instagram accounts. It's as easy as that!

Our evening started off with a street party outside of park where there is no shortage of bars dishing up libations and people celebrating the start of baseball season!

Unfortunately - several of these early photos did not make it because we both rebooted our phones due to wonky internet access and didn't realize that we needed to start the app back up again :(

However - in spite of this, we were able to create a fun video ...

Click on the image below to visit the page to view our JagerBonds video:


5 Tips for Creating a Perfect JagerBonds Video:

1. Grab a bunch of friends! more people means less spamming of your individual account followers and adds more diversity to what's ultimately compiled in the video.

2. Pick the perfect soundtrack! Are you heading off to a night of line dancing or hitting the bars in Mid-Town? Make sure you pick the right music. Jagerbonds features 

3. Play around with camera angles! Make sure you try some different angles - if the entire video is just selfies that's sorta' lame!

4. Do something fun. Jagermeister is a great drink and JagerBonds is a fun app - but both suck if you use them sitting at home on the couch, so go out and have a great night!

5. Drink responsibly! Nobody wants to see an ambulance in their JagerBonds video.

Still not convinced that you need to at least give JagerBonds a try on our next guys night out or guys weekend? Here's their video that shows it in action!



FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are mine.

Explore The Secrets of Tequila at CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta

These things combined have enabled this 4 Diamonds resort to recently be awarded the Agave de Oro by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico and the so they launched their program Casa Magna Secretos de la Familia to expand on this experience.

CasaMagna Tequila Varietals

Secretos de la Familia Features:

Tequila Sommelier - serves as an ambassador of Mexican customs, culture and traditions as well as serves as the resort's resident expert on Tequila, a spirit which is native to the region.

Tequila a la Carte - More than 60 brands and 114 different varietals are available at the CasaMagna Marriott and stored in their prized Tequila Vault so they are available across all of the resort's various dining options.

Weekly Tasting Classes - The CasaMagna Tequila Sommelier conducts weekly tasting classes at the Tequila and Cigar Lobby Bar. This includes the history of tequila including its mythical origin as the drink with Mayahuel the goddess of tequila and Quetzalcoatl her lover as well as the modern state of the tequila industry and it's processing technology.

In-Room Tequila Video - the entertainment system in each room also features a video exploring the tequila culture and traditions at the CasaMagna Resort.

Harvesting Tequila on the Resort Property
If that's not enough, the resort itself offers a fantastic opportunity for guests to relax and enjoy the Pacific sun and warm sandy beaches.
CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

The resort features 433 guest rooms including 29 suites, multiple resort pools including an indoor pool and a heated outdoor infinity pool.

Mountain Biking in Puerto Vallarta

For those looking to explore more active recreation opportunities, Puerto Vallarta offers a wide variety of options ranging from mountain biking to fishing expeditions. In fact the resort is only a short walk from marina where many of the sport fishing boats are based.

Puerto Vallarta Golf Course
If that's not enough, Puerto Vallarta has a large number of golf courses including the Marina Vallarta Golf Club. There is also a surprisingly well developed nightlife scene downtown but you will have to take a short cab ride to those nightclubs and restaurants when you visit here on your next mancation.

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Comment by Bruce Swabb on October 2, 2010 at 10:17am
Gentlemen, I specialize in mancations! I have a 46ft sailboat capable of travelling anywhere in the world. My goal is to take groups of up to 5 guys on sailing adventures - some more adventurous than others. Going from Newport RI to Bermuda and on the St. Maarten in early November. This trip is full, but always ready to put togehter the next expedition.
Comment by Library_Goon on October 18, 2009 at 2:18pm
My buddies and I went to Mexico last year for our 'Mancation.' My one friend owns a time share down there. Good times! We toured all the Mayan ruins (Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza), went to a water park (did some snorkeling), and hung out.

We're thinking about going up to Maine next spring/early summer.
Comment by Bryan Heasty on April 11, 2009 at 12:33pm
quality site! I'm in the process of planning a trip from the Pocono mountains down to the shore by foot and kayaking. Going to be awesome!
Comment by Steven C. on April 6, 2009 at 5:21pm
Been planning a 4 day, 3 night canoeing/camping trip in Southern Missouri with all of my friends. It's going to be a great time and it's all thanks to the inspiration from AoM and Thanks!

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