I had a wonderful weekend away in Prairie Du Chien with my hubby last weekend.
Unfortunately, the closer we got to the Mississippi, the more faded the trees became.
At home, they looked like this:
We departed on Saturday when Jim got home from work. After more than four hours, with a few stops, we stayed at a Best Western. It is so difficult to pick out a motel online. The room was nice enough. Good breakfast. Our bed had a hill. I slept on the top of the hill on Saturday night. The next night we switched, and Jim said there was still a hill and he slept on it.The shower didn't adjust. The water came out like a hose and not a nice spray. Oh well, we survived.
We didn't go out for any "fancy" dinner on our anniversary on Sunday, as we were eating out all weekend! I thought of dining at a supper club, but we just weren't that hungry!
DO NOT DELETE YOUR PHOTOS ON YOUR IPHONE UNTIL THEY ARE UPLOADED TO YOUR PC!
I accidentally deleted my photos from the weekend, and I had some really good ones! Don't ask me how I did it, but I must have "Deleted All." Somehow the photos that I shared on Facebook remained. Jim took some and I have a ton of postcards and fliers. AND, we have our memories!
On Sunday morning we started with a trip to McGregor, IA to Pike's Peak State Park.
Waiting for more sunshine, we ventured off on a hiking trail.
How low can we go?
These are the Falls? (look closely)
Remember, what goes down, must go back up!
I thought I was going to die! Keep singing, "Climbing the Stairway to Heaven!"
As sunny as it got!
Time for a break. It was cold out (at least I had gloves and my hands were still cold), I was winded, and my legs felt like rubber bands. My left foot has some kind of fascitis, so was walking funny which threw off my whole left leg and hip! I was walking like Chester (from the old western, Gunsmoke) the rest of the day!
Onward to see the Villa Louis This is the oldest estate in Wisconsin. Prairie Du Chien is the second oldest city with Green Bay being the very oldest.
The mansion was owned by the Dousmann family. Originally a red brick house, it was rebuilt for Louis' second wife who wanted indoor plumbing (do you blame her?) and electricity. The décor was quite ostentatious as was the style in Victorian times.
What was truly fascinating was that the original furnishings were still there! The furniture had been reupholstered and the walls were restored. Much of the estate (the carriage run, carriage house, etc, had perished in a flood since the estate was on St. Feriole Island on the Mississippi). There was still the office building which included a billiards room. Many a business deal was made there!
Time for lunch, a nap, and the Packer game!