Sunday, August 21, 2011

Just Got Back

We returned late last night from a whirlwind trip that took us to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin to Chicago and back home all in a matter of 4...count 'em...4 days.  And, believe it or not, it was actually quite relaxing!

Kevin's sister and her family moved to the Land of Cheese a year ago and we had yet to make a visit to see them.  Nevermind the fact that we didn't make it out to see them in Minnesota for the two years they were there previous to Wisconsin. 

We had a fun time sight-seeing and basically, just spending time together. 

Here are a few of the highlights...

A warm welcome to a small town situated on the Mississippi River.

No, not the famous Pike's Peak in Colorado.  But, it was founded by the same guy!

A bird's eye view of the mighty Mississippi from Pike's Peak.

All five cousins.  Poor Jenna had no chance surrounded by all of these boys!

Owen holds up the pink elephant in front of the Lady Luck Casino that sits on the Iowa side of the Mississippi.

A life-sized eagle's nest .

Owen and Kevin checked out some cool natural artifacts inside the nature center near the Effigy Mounds.

Owen checks his scavenger hunt list.

Evan insisted that I take a picture of this found hanging on the wall of Mulligan's where we ate lunch.

Wading on the banks of the Mississippi.

Not all fun and games...there was learning too!

Opening the dam gate for a boat to pass by.  Not to be confused with a damn gate!

A friendly, if not slightly creepy,  quick stop at Valley Cheese to pick up some cheese curds to take home.

A ride on the World's Largest Hand-Carved Wooden Sturgeon.

How they know this is the "World's Largest" is a mystery to me.

But it IS awefully big!

Thanks Again, Shelly, Chad, Caleb and Cayson!
Be sure to check back later this week for highlights from our rainy visit to the Windy City!

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