Saturday, July 29, 2017

July: Seeing friends in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

The was my first trip to see my old friends Laura and Matt at their home near Houston, MN.  It's the SE corner of the state, where MN borders Wisconsin and Iowa.
Overlooking the Mississippi River from Perrott State Park, WI
Of course there's great hiking in the area! I lost count of the hikes we did, and how many times I crossed the Mississippi River. The whole area is really pretty.
Look! A mountain that switched sides of the river!
Flowers everywhere. Bluffs overlooking the river rise 600 feet.
A timber rattler. This particular rock pile was filled with snakes.
On the Iowa River
We also spent a day paddling on the Iowa River, where we had several bald eagle sightings, also some kingfishers, herons, all the regular stuff. Great fun.

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