About five years ago, Brandon Bradshaw returned from a tubing and camping trip at Apple River Hideaway in Wisconsin with an idea.
Now, that idea has become reality.
In rural Hinton, just off Highway 75, Pipe Dream will have its grand opening Saturday.
Pipe Dream is a tubing, camping and recreation spot along the Floyd River, complete with inner tubes, life jackets, volleyball nets, horse shoe pits, sandy beaches, fire pits, slip and slides and a play area for children.
Bradshaw, a Sioux City native, started Pipe Dream because he was tired of having nothing to do.
"I've lived here my whole life, and we never had anything like this," Bradshaw said. "Someone had to do something in this area, because people are leaving. We have natural beauty everywhere around Plymouth County, it just takes one person to see it and do it."
He did just that. Leasing land off Jasmine Road from Brad and Gary Schindel, Bradshaw began developing the site of Pipe Dream about a month and a half ago.
"It's a nice place to get away, chill out and relax," he said. "We're trying to keep everything out here natural."
Pipe Dream offers a true rustic camping experience, with no electricity or running water, something that could be installed in the future with enough revenue. Fences that line the property are made from trees cut down in the area that will actually begin to grow buds on their own again.
"I left as many of the trees as I could," Bradshaw said. "We only cleared out ones necessary for the campsites and paths. We've also planted grass in some areas."
Along with the fences, a lookout was constructed on a tree growing out toward the river for people to observe the area and for the workers to make sure tubers are being safe.
Fun-seekers can either camp and go tubing or just spend the afternoon afloat on the Floyd.
Riders can go down the river as many times as they like from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will be shuttled from the end to the entrance by four-wheeler. The float down river will take anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes.
"My hope is that people will bring their own life jackets, because we've only got about 80 so far," Bradshaw said. "People will need to pay for an extra tube if they want to bring a cooler. We'll take a $15 deposit and return that money if all of the cans are accounted for at the end of the ride."
Bradshaw has a zero tolerance policy on littering at Pipe Dream, saying that prices will go up if it becomes a problem.
"Anyone caught littering will be thrown out," he said. "We want to keep this place available for everyone to get out and enjoy."
Campers at Pipe Dream are welcome to bring tents, RVs and campers. Bradshaw will allow campers to set up just about anywhere on the 20 acres of land. The grounds offer about 3 miles of trails and is complete with a community fire pit.
The grand opening of Pipe Dream this Saturday will host free tubing along with live music and a food vendor.
Although the site is now open to the public, Bradshaw says it is far from finished.
"Eventually I'd like to add a lot more to Pipe Dream, like a softball field," he said. "I'd like to have it nice enough to have things like family reunions and events. We'll bring in more mulch for the trails and add more land."
Bradshaw has spoken to Hinton resident Glen Udell about purchasing some of his land to make the tube ride longer, but nothing has been finalized.
Bradshaw also would like Plymouth County to put gravel down on Jasmine Road that leads to Pipe Dream. Although the county refused his proposal, Bradshaw hopes that when they see how important Pipe Dream is to surrounding communitites, they will reconsider.
Bradshaw founded Pipe Dream with his brother, Jeramiah, and the Schindels without the help of the county or banks or investors.
"It really has been a pipe dream," Bradshaw said. "Everybody's got a little pipe dream. It just takes ambition and motive to get it done."
"I'm nobody special," he said. "It's just me trying to make a difference out here. I'm just hoping people get off the couch and come out."
Luke's thoughts: Pipe Dream is really a great concept. It's a great place to get away for the day or weekend and just hang out. It's far enough from the highway that noise isn't an issue and it looks like the tubing would be a lot of fun. For some good quality time with family or just hanging out with your friends, I would recommend this place. The scenery is as good as it gets in our parts and the walking trails are nice.
Kelsie's thoughts: I think that Pipe Dream is an excellent idea. If Bradshaw keeps developing his vision and creates more of his ideas it could really be a great thing for the community. It's a nearby attraction that families and friends could go to get away, camp for a week, or just have fun for a day and soak up the sun. Pipe Dream has multiple activities that incorporate the beauty of the nature around us that anyone can enjoy right here in Plymouth County.