(Elkader & Decorah IA)
To finish my tour of northeast Iowa, Brad took me to see the Elkader Bridge (aka Keystone Bridge) that spanned the Turkey River. Built in the 19th century, its 346ft span made it one of the longest limestone masonry double-arched bridges west of the Mississippi River.
The Upper Iowa River could be seen from a nice park, where there was also an interesting historic kiln. We also went to some of his favorite fishing spots where he tried his luck. He really knew his way around those parts.
We went to a couple of waterfalls, springs, and pretty streams; in one of which he caught a trout. And, a very cold ice cave into which I dared not enter for fear of slipping to my doom.
For lunch we had a very good pizza, and later in the afternoon, we stopped at the very popular Whippy Dip ice cream shop where I had a raspberry sundae. It was a delicious way to end a wonderful tour.
Brad was a great host, and gave me a wonderful experience in his neck of the woods. At last, it was the time for me to head toward a cooler clime. So, we said our fair wells and I pointed Tardis northward.
Camp: Memorial Park drycamp
Scene: Waterfalls, creek, cave
Ah, the Whippy Dip. I drove by several times this last Friday and Saturday but remained strong. It sure was hopping the time that we were there!
I am glad we were able to see Decorah while you were passing through. It’s a beautiful city with lots of fun stuff to do and some great food.
Cooler weather is always a good thing, right? 🙂
Take care, Pleinguy!
I had a great time! Thanks again for your hospitality.