|We journeyed along the edge of the Mississippi River today, down one edge and back up the other. Our first stop was atop Granddad Bluff where we had a bird's eye view of La Crosse, Wisconsin and the river behind it. As we continued along the river, we stopped at many overlooks and historic monument sites. Then we found Goose Island County Park where we could do a little hiking. Hiking is inaccurate as the path resulted in more of a stroll. There were numerous benches so we stopped at each, sat with our eyes closed, and listened to the sounds. Our granddaughter Taylor taught us to do that. We spotted a woodpecker, watched a toad hop along, and found a huge abandoned wasp nest. We crossed the Mississippi River and bought food for a picnic which we enjoyed in Lansing, Iowa's Mt. Hosner City Park, high atop a bluff. This gave us some nice views of the Mississippi. We ended our tour by taking the Apple Blossom Scenic Drive. This is a gorgeous drive when the apple trees are in bloom but was still pleasant this time of year.