Day #5: Meandering the Great River Road

Autumn color in western WIsconsin Where do I begin when I have a gazillion pictures of brilliant autumn color, magnificent rock formations and serendipitously winding roads? I could share them all, but first allow me some digression.

Tuesday after touring Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, we pointed our car westward and headed to Cassville, Wis. We had a cabin on the Mississippi waiting for us, but by time we settled in, it was cold, raining and dark.

Eagle's Roost Resort, Cassville, WI When we woke up the next morning—voilà!— here was this welcoming view from our deck. Sunshine. Warm temperatures. The river.


Eagles at Eagle's Roost Resort, Cassville, WI Bald eagles! Lots of them!

Aptly named, our cabin was part of the Eagle’s Roost Resort. We had such a beautiful view of the river, waterfowl and these soaring eagles. I’ve decided a zoomier lens is next on my not-totally-necessary-but sure-would-be-nice purchases.

Mississippi River towns in Wisconsin Cassville wholeheartedly lives up to the expression “sleepy little river town.” It’s a Main-Street village nestled in the narrow stretch between the bluffs and the river. Add a railroad track to that, along with a train coming through every hour or so, and you’ve got a perfect picture of every town up and down the river.

We had a fun breakfast at this cafe. We sat by quietly listening, laughing and finally joining in with the locals as they shared the neighborhood gossip with us. We learned quite a bit!

Wyalusing state park,  wisconsin And then, because we’ve been eating the tastiest of Wisconsin’s food and topping it off with some mighty fine beer (it is our Octoberfest Tour, after all!), we ventured to work it off by trekking through two state parks; Nelson Dewey and Weyalusing. Let’s just say these bluffs are breathtaking in more ways than one.

Poison Ivy I thought a quick stop behind a tree was necessary until I saw these leaves of three. Gee, but they’re pretty. I decided my urgency, like many of life’s woes, was all in my head and I could wait until we got back to the rest area.

Church in bluffs in Marquette, IA We hopped across the river into Marquette, Iowa, to see this totally adorable church. Would you think it’s now repurposed into a home? Perhaps a Doors Open is in order? Imagine seeing those bluffs out your back window.

Pearl Street Brewery sign, La Crosse, WI Finally, at the end of a meandering day, we made it up to La Crosse and checked into our hotel on Pearl St. And eventually found the Pearl Street Brewery, which incidentally is not on Pearl Street. But I’ll leave that for another day.

In the meantime, here’s another shot of a gorgeous winding road.

Autumn colors in western Wisconsin A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn. — Unknown

Next stop: Pearl Street Brewery, La Crosse

1 thought on “Day #5: Meandering the Great River Road”

  1. You sound like me with your picture taking! I have so many it’s hard to pick favorites – not to mention drive and snap photos too. Your trip looks like an amazing time of making memories. Love the Mississippi towns up and down the river…


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