Fortunately, the heat wave in western Wisconsin snapped and we were welcomed with cool, refreshing temperatures. Almost downright cold! Which is a good thing since Chris' grandmother does not have air conditioning in the house!
We decided to take full advantage of the beautiful weather and took the kids hiking. Although it was cool and overcast in the morning, the sun finally shone in the afternoon. We visited several sites and locations in both Prairie Du Chien, WI and McGregor, IA situated on the upper Mississippi River.
First stop...the "Welcome to Wisconsin" sign. This travel stop is located right on the banks of the Mississippi River welcoming visitors from Iowa.
|Welcome to Wisconsin!|
|Giant paddle wheel at the restaurant. The actual casino is on a river boat.|
|This elephant has been around since my husband was a child!|
|Luke isn't sure what to think!|
We also took the kids hiking at two different parks. First, we went to Pike's Peak State Park in Iowa.
"In 1673, the first white men to see what is now Iowa, explorer Louis Joliet and Father James Marquette, reached the mouth of the Wisconsin River and beheld the great, unknown river now known as the Mississippi. After the Louisiana Purchase, the government sent Zebulon Pike in 1805 to explore the Mississippi valley and select locations suitable for military posts. Pike recognized the park site as an important, strategic point, and an excellent location for a fort. The government agreed on the vicinity but selected the prairie around Prairie du Chien (now Wisconsin) for the fort. Several years later, Pike was again sent westward by the government and named Pikes Peak in Colorado."
Pikes Peak State Park
|The confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers|
Next we visited Effigy Mounds National Park. Sacred burial mounds, a replica bald eagle's nest, and a trip to the gift store made this hiking trip complete!
|Eagle Scout Project|