Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Potosi, WI to Warren’s Cranberry Festival, Part 5

Or Up One Side and Down the Other

rte blackhawk cg and backOn Wednesday, we took a tour of the area, heading south from the campground to Hwy 82 and across the river to Lansing, IA.

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 Steel truss Hwy 82 bridge across the Mississippi.

Postcard Horsefall




Friends told us a “must see” was Horsefall’s Lansing Variety store.  A writer described it as a cornucopia of merchandise. And it was both.

Wow! Housewares, clothing, lawn ornaments, toys . . . you name it.  The goodies spill onto the sidewalk, too.  



Great river road sign MinnesotaAs we drove, taking in the fall colors on the bluffs along the river, we watched for a place to pull off and view this portion of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge.  We were pleased to find two improved wildlife viewing areas after we passed into Minnesota, complete with wooden viewing platforms, telescopes benches and signage. 
















The signs explained the purpose of the Refuge and what you might see.


Looking to the Wisconsin Bluffs, this is the vista from one of the overlooks. We did spot white pelicans and we think swans, as well as eagles, hawks, geese and various ducks.


We stopped in the apple capitol of Minnesota, La Crescent, to purchase some apples. Along the way were several markets featuring apples, fall produce and other tasty treats.

Then it was back to Wisconsin via Hwy 61. Three states, 74 miles.

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