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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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Oct 19, 2010 - Effigy mounds

Moving day again so, as we journeyed from Onalaska (La Crosse), Wisconsin to Dubuque, Iowa, we again traveled along the Mississippi River. There are a series of dams and locks along our route. We spent quite a bit of time watching a towboat and its 12 barges move through one of the locks. It had to be done in 2 stages since all 12 barges could not fit in the lock at one time. The standard barge is 195 feet long and 35 feet wide. Its capacity is 1500 tons. These barges were carrying soy beans. That's an awful lot of soy beans! Tearing...

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Oct 3, 2010 - Dubuque, Iowa

We are over 800 miles into our trip and are now in Dubuque, Iowa staying at the Flex Steel Factory so we can get our couch frame fixed up in the morning. We arrived here about 12:30 and went shopping (they even have a Wally World here). After the shopping we did some sight seeing along the Ole Mississippi River (see Photos and read captions). Iowa reminds me a lot of upstate NY scenery wise beautiful flat farm land and lots of it. We took a walk along the River and low and behold Barb finds a brewery with wine tasting the best of both...

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Jun 28, 2010 - Dubuque, IA...Wisconsin & Illinois too!

On Monday, we headed further east to our new campground in Wisconsin. We drove over the Mississippi River AGAIN and we’re staying in an area of Wisconsin that is across the river from Iowa and just a few miles north of Illinois. It was an easy drive and we drove right through downtown Dubuque, IA on the way to our new location. The campground is relatively small and surrounded by rolling hills that are so typically Wisconsin. There’s even a small farm right over the hill which makes a beautiful view from our RV. The cows come right up to...

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Jun 25, 2010 - The Great River Road Tires Experienced Travelers

You would think that another 150 mile drive would be no big deal for us. After all, we've driven about 25,000 miles in the past nine months adding together the miles driven in our RV and car. But, today we got pooped out driving on bumpy, curvy roads that followed the Mississippi River. We started out in Winona, MN, crossed the river and drove into Wisconsin at LaCrosse, then later crossed the river again into Iowa and are now safely parked on the river in Dubuque. Here were the highlights of the day: 1) Before we left this morning, a...

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May 27, 2010 - Day 19 and 20

Leaving Cleveland Tuesday morning and it is going to be another hot day. It took us some time due to detours, bad roads, bad signage and bad drivers but we finally found Ralphie's house from "A Christmas Story". And yes it even had the famous leg-lamp in the living room window!. Old part of Cleveland, in a tired district and very much as in the movie. We were much too early for the inside tour but must be as precise as the outside was. So then onto another new experience, the Ohio Turnpike...a toll highway from Cleveland to the Indiana...

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May 16, 2010 - Dubuque, IA

I like Dubuque. I am not normally into cities but this is an enjoyable stop. It is Sunday so we try to start our day slowly. We have a leisurely breakfast and then wander into town. Our destination is the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. It is not yet open. We entertain ourselves on Dubuque’s Mississippi Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is lined with local artwork, giving us many photo opportunities. It also has great views of the Mississippi River and driftwood! We finish our walk, make some phone calls and the Museum is now open....

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