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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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Jun 28, 2011 - A Fantastic River Museum

From Rustic Barn Campground & RV Park – Kieler, WI We have now been following the Mississippi River for just short of three months. Today we went to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, IA where we once again captured the history and facts we so enjoyed on the part of the river already traveled…..even learned a few new things about the section of river in our rearview mirror. It also offered us new facts, history and things to anticipate as we begin our last month of river travel. This museum complex is one of the...

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Home Sweet RV - 2011

Oct 21, 2010 - Dreams

It was time to check out the downtown area of Dubuque. After poking in a few shops, we rode the Fenelon Place Elevator. This funicular is described as the world's shortest, steepest scenic railway, 296' in length, 189' high. On top, one can see the historic Dubuque business district, the Mississippi River and 3 states. In 1882, everything shut down at noon for 1½ hour for dinner. J. K. Graves, a banker, lived on top of the bluffs and worked at the bottom. He had to spend ½ hour driving his horse and buggy round the bluff to get to the top...

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Oct 20, 2010 - Mines of Spain

The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is less than 2 miles for our hotel so we paid it a visit. It is the only arboretum and botanical garden in the USA staffed entirely by volunteers. Over 250 individuals maintain the trees, plants and shrubs, and seed-gifts which are all labeled throughout the garden. There are LOTS of labels! Although the season is over for most of the plants, the grounds were still quite attractive. There are walking paths every where. It was very pleasant - and free! Our next free attraction was the Mines of...

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