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Oct 8, 2019 - Chicago to Dubuque- Stop in Galena

Yesterday Colin took Ella to Maggie Daly Park and I stayed in the apartment and cooked a few of Colin"s favorite meals. Glad to help. I know it's hard to do lots of cooking when both husband and wife work . They would rather spend their time with the baby! Colin and I dropped Ella off at school this morning and then spent some time together getting in last bits of conversation and giving each other many hugs. My destination today was Dubuque, Iowa with a stop in Galena, Il. It was slow going! The purpose for stopping in Galena was to visit...

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Sep 27, 2019 - A Day in Dubuque

After an overnight cruise from La Crosse, we arrived in Dubuque late this morning. Since we would only be in Dubuque for 4 or 5 hours we visited the main attraction, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. It is home to museum exhibits on the culture and history of America's rivers, especially the Mississippi. Many of the exhibits revolved around aquatic habitats of the Mississippi River from the head waters to the Gulf of Mexico. After the Aquarium, we headed back to the boat in time for the late afternoon sailing. After a nice...

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Jul 16, 2018 - Tri State Area - WI, IA and IL

We had a relaxed morning by going out to breakfast before leaving for our next stop. The drive was beautiful scenery all the way. There were lots of rolling hills, farmland and those beautiful Wisconsin red barns. We really wanted to enjoy this, as we’re headed to our last stop in Wisconsin. From Wisconsin, we head into Iowa in a few days and although there’s a lot of farmland, it’s very flat. Within 90 minutes, we were at our next stop in Keiler, WI, which is in the tri state area. Within just a few miles is Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois....

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Oct 23, 2016 - Galena

Dubuque, IA Yesterday we drove along the Mississippi through Wisconsin and crossed the bridge into Iowa. Today we zipped back over the river into Galena, Illinois, for the day. Galena is a small town known for its well-preserved 19th-century buildings like the 1826 Dowling House. This Italianate-style home was a gift from local citizens to the Civil War general who later became a U.S. president - Ulysses S. Grant. We were told his given name was Hiram Ulysses Grant but he did not like H.U.G. as his initials so he changed his name. We also...

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Up in Door

Oct 22, 2016 - Moving on

Dubuque,IA We continued along the Mississippi River’s edge as we traveled on. The Mississippi is almost 12’ above normal so we saw lots of trees standing in water. We were also able to see some of the white pelicans that pass through this area. This is a corridor in their migration and about 3,000 pass through the Upper Mississippi River area. Pelicans have a wing span of 8’ – 9’ so it is cool to see them fly. We crossed over the bridge from Wisconsin to Iowa and headed for Pikes Peak State Park. This park features a 500-foot bluff...

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Up in Door

Jun 27, 2015 - Dubuque and the mighty Mississippi

We visited the lovely town of Dubuque, Iowa on the mighty Mississippi. Here we saw the Fenelon Place elevator, said to be the world's shortest, steepest scenic railway, 296 feet in length, elevating passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place. Dubuque is also home to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. We spent quite a few hours here. This museum is somewhat unique among America's museums as its all about the Mississippi River. It also has an aquarium with tanks full of exotic looking aquatic creatures only found...

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Oct 17, 2014 - Milwaukee, WI to Dubuque, IA

Day one, Trip three Destination: Dubuque, IA We made our way over to Madison after work today. We had some pizza from Ian's on Francis and picked Lauren up to complete our group. Ryan, Nick, Lauren, and I are heading down the great river road, eventually ending up in New Orleans. The drive to Dubuque was uneventful. It's starting to get dark kind of early, which leads to less exciting drives. We're staying at a campground right on the Mississippi River tonight. We shared some conversation and beer before heading to bed. We want to get to...

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Sep 10, 2014 - It's not heaven, it's _____.

No Photos. We had hoped to get Larry's recliner fixed under manufacturer warranty, and since we were in range, we decided to swing by the Flexsteel factory in Dubuque, Iowa. They kindly offered to let us park in their parking lot and hook up to their power. It was altogether a pleasant night with the added bonus of being free. The bad news is that they could not fix the chair because it was an install problem....good news - the chair is fine. The young man who looked at it was able to jimmyrig it so that it at least works - but there is a...

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Sep 1, 2014 - Dubuque Iowa

We spent all of today sightseeing in Dubuque. We headed to the center of town and made the 4th Street lift our first stop. Build in 1882 for private use, it provides some of the best views of Dubuque. Looking east, Wisconsin is across the river to the left and Illinois to the right. After walking around a bit we headed to the Port of Dubuque. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium was our first stop. This is a huge facility on the water front that provides information no only on the Mississippi but most waterways in the U.S. In...

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Jun 25, 2014 - On The Road Again

June 25, 2014 After a long hiatus from traveling and writing to you, we are now back on the road again. A number of things have happened since our last blog. We did go to Gulf Shores, Alabama as planned and had a great visit with the Ringens. While in that area, we visited Mary’s aunt Maxine Bendorf and cousins Lois Ann, Joan and Mary Lou in Pensacola, FL. Instead of moving on west, we returned to Summerfield, FL which is a story in itself. Prior to going to Gulf Shores, we spent some time golfing in the Lady Lake/Summerfield/The Villages...

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Sep 17, 2011 - The Fields Have Ears

We have got to be in the prettiest setting we have seen so far. We are surrounded by corn fields. There is a picture perfect farm next door to us that we can't stop taking pictures of. It is like a beautiful painting and both of us find ourselves sitting and staring at it. Today, they are picking up the loose hay in the fields. It is better than watching tv. The corn stalks in the fields still have dry corn on them. I guess they will chop it all up for cattle feed or something. I was hoping to score a couple of ears for dinner, but they are...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jul 13, 2011 - Is This Heaven? No It's Iowa

Today I drove from one end of Iowa - Sioux City- to the other end - Dubuque - on I20. What did I see? Beautiful, beautiful lush green farmland. Corn, soybeans, and something I didn't recognize. Healthy plants in gorgeous rolling fields - acres and acres - mile after mile. I never tired of the view. I made it to Waterloo in time for the one o'clock tour of the John Deere tractor assembly plant. No pictures allowed and I had to quick change from sandals to closed toe shoes. I took a seat on a tram , along with 39 other people, and got driven...

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