There was conjecture in the DM Register today about whether the 17-year cicadas have reached Des Moines. I would say definitely – based on our bike ride Sunday along the Great Western Trail from Des Moines to south of Cumming and back up through Greenwood Park. Didn’t seem em’ but sure heard them – a near deafening otherworldly buzz that I remember from 17 years ago when they last appeared. My kids were little then and taking swimming lessons at Ashworth Pool where they were both visible and audible. We were amazed — then and now.