Father’s Day and ‘Ole Miss’………

Such a picture perfect summer day……temps around 80F, light winds, mostly sunny and DH and I headed to #2 son’s/DIL place at Pettibone Campground on the edge of La Crosse, WI. Got home from church, packed a few things and were on the road by a little after noon. Perfect! DS’s latest acquisition was a Sea Ray boat (seats 10 comfortably, has a “head” and sleeping spaces…..very nice!). Speed is not the attraction but comfort definitely is. Since it was just the 4 of us, we had ample opportunity to spread out. DIL, Tracy, and I took our positions in the open bow area while DS and DH stationed themselves at the controls. Leaving the campground, we headed up the Mississippi, going under the “big blue bridge” (seen in the background of the picture on the right)  which connects La Crosse, WI, with La Crescent, MN. We traveled past Riverside Park (which has seen the docking of the American Queen and Mississippi Queen river boats in years past). These days, excursion paddle wheelers, such as the La Crosse Queen, now call this area home. We headed up the Black River. This takes us off the main channel and out of the main river traffic and brisk currents into a serene picturesque area lined with beautiful homes. Hard to believe that we are in the heart of a city of 57,000+ people! Heading back down river we faced a stiff south wind and black rain clouds moving in quickly from the west. Such has been the weather pattern of late. Was perfect timing, however, as we pulled in to the shore and readied the boat for the trailer the raindrops came. Time for supper and the end of a wonderful day.  To all men who find themselves so blest……..HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!!!!!………

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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14 Responses to Father’s Day and ‘Ole Miss’………

  1. Well, then, you just never know if I might show up on your doorstep if I’m back exploring in se MN. I’m trying to remember. Are you near Houston? We drove through Houston and I stopped there to photograph the library exterior, which I love.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Oh my! Yes! you were so close! We live on a ridge West of the town. The library is beautiful….and was just totally remodeled. You absolutely MUST let me know the next time you are in the neighborhood! Hugs, D

  2. That whole La Crosse area is simply so beautiful. Our second daughter went to UW-LAX, meaning we got to know that region quite well. Our other daughter attended Winona State. I just love the whole southeastern Minnesota landscape. It’s so different from the prairie.

    • treadlemusic says:

      And if you go 33 miles due South of Winona and 33 miles straight West of La Crosse….you would be on our doorstep!!!!! The only thing missing is all the lakes I/we were used to while living in Mpls/St.P and traveling North for get-aways. Like I said in my ‘Ole Miss’ post, I am really not much of a river person.

  3. Wow! What a great trip 🙂 The boat looks really comfy. I think I’ll always be a biker at heart too:-) I love the photo with the bridges. We have a lot of bridges on our local river…..just spent £100000 putting olympic rings on one of them….enough said 😆

    • treadlemusic says:

      Gotta do what ya gotta do (even if not everyone agrees it’s that important!). The bridge picture is actually 2 bridges running parallel. The arched one is on the far (south) side of the “old” bridge and carries traffic IN to the city. The “old” bridge (on the near, or north side) is the double ‘peaked’ structure and carries traffic OUT. There was much discussion on how to handle the increased traffic and this solution blended the old with the new for a beautiful architectural city landmark(s). Viewed from our vantage point it appears to be just one structure and that was the goal! Glad you stopped by:-)

  4. witchylin says:

    What a perfect day Doreen. Good you beat the rain. I am sure you felt so relaxed when you returned back to land. Hope you have a fabulous day in Spring Grove. Lots of crafty ideas and a new felt project. I was at a quilting class on Saturday. We started a “quilt as you go” picnic blanket quilt. Have homework to do for June 30, the next and final class. Sewed yesterday and have nearly completed the homework. Itching to get it finished and start on another jelly roll in some sort of log cabin design here at home. Don’t think I will go to another class, all the ideas and instructions can all be found on the internet and blogs like yours.

    • treadlemusic says:

      The internet/blogs have certainly made instructions/info/tutorials available whenever a body is ready to sew!!! Sure do love it!!! “Open sew” this morning fills the ‘need’ for the social part of taking a class (without the $$$).
      Yesterday’s time on the river was something we really have not done. Definitely will have a repeat at some future time. Great to hear from you! Will need pictures of your projects!!!!!! Hugs.,.,…

  5. candy says:

    What a great day! Glad you beat the rain. though. Days like that are rare around here!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Lately, those days are rare around here! Already 80F and super humid. Severe weather was west of us overnight but another round coming tonight! That boat was super…….a new “couch potato” location!! Hehe!

  6. karen says:

    sounds like a fun day.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Fun AND “low key”. Off to quilt guild in Spring Grove,MN, tomorrow. Work on some QOV and another little felt piece. Have an awesome Monday and rest of the week! Hugs…….

  7. Sounds like a great day! It’s fun to ‘see’ the familiar sights on your cruise. Have a wonderful week! ~Jeanne

    • treadlemusic says:

      Never thought I would enjoy a river ride so much……but this boat was so comfy! Have always thought of myself as more of a lake boater but it wasn’t too bad today……..no barges!!!!! As recreation goes, however, I/we are still motorcycle ppl!!!! So glad you stopped by;-D

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