Are we in Europe?

LOCATION:  At some friends’ house in Guttenberg, Iowa – in NE part of state
WEATHER:  Beautiful again.  High 68.  Windy
DRIVE:  5 hours

Of course, we are not in Europe (sad to say), but we did travel from Stockholm (Wisconsin not Sweden) to  Guttenberg (Iowa not Germany) today.  Towns named Luxumburg and Vienna are nearby.

We followed the Great River Road and crossed back and forth over the Mississippi.  Starting at last night’s Harvest Host winery/cidery in Wisconsin, we drove south, then over to Minnesota, then down to Iowa, then back to Wisconsin, and finally back over to Iowa.  We were trying to get the best views of the river valley.  Iowa has a reputation being a flat, boring-looking state but that certainly isn’t the case here.

We stopped at a lake along the Mississippi for a picnic lunch which was beautiful.  (I forgot to take any photos again!)

We arrived at Rod and Gayle Brown’s house in the late afternoon.  They are our neighbors in Retama Village, where we spend a few months each year in the winter.  They just built a “barnominium” here.  Wanting to take advantage of the river views, they built a garage and a “man cave” on the first floor, and their living area above.  They can watch the big barges go by on the Mississippi from their deck, patio, kitchen, and living area.   Lovely.

They have a perfect set-up for visiting RVers.  They have a full-hookup area with water, electricity, and sewer. 

We grilled hamburgers and portobellos on their grill for dinner, and had a great conversation.  Joining up with friends while traveling is a real treat. 

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