Quite a Fun Leaf Trip with Teresa

Hello and welcome to the blog!  On Tuesday good friend Teresa and I took a whirlwind tour all over northeast Iowa’s most beautiful counties.  Of course, I brought her home safely but with her shoes soaking wet and her wanting to return to the trout streams…   But that was the plan.   We gathered some fish and a LOT of pictures.

Our course was a loop, kind of shaped like a lariat.  We headed to the Mississippi and followed the river road upstream to the Minnesota / Iowa / Wisconsin border.  Then we drove west a county, dropped down through Decorah, and headed back east, returning home with a limit of trout and a few souveniers.  Below there will be a bunch of pictures with captions.


Friend Teresa at Buck Creek. She loved this place and it’s serenity.


A pretty tree in Guttenberg, Iowa



The view from Pike’s Peak park near Marquette, Iowa


The Mississippi bridge in Lansing, Iowa



It took me a minute to get the pun!  This display was at a residence north of Lansing.



I call this shade tree mechanic the “Pumpkin Butt” He must have been the original “sagger”.  At first, Teresa and I both thought it was a real person till a second glance proved otherwise.


I love this city!   It’s a second home.



Decorah – Luther College on the left and the Upper Iowa flood levy in the foreground. Photo taken from Phelps Park

The trip did both of us a lot of good.  We had a great time and were able to see some gorgeous areas.  As much fun as it is to fish alone, it’s all the more enjoyable to share the experience with a good friend, especially the two-footed kind.

So what’s next?  The fall camping and trout stocking season is starting to wind down a bit.  Nonetheless I’m anxious to have some more outdoor fun.  Depending on the work schedule, there might be a little time to slip away to Delaware County and check out another trout stream that I never knew existed.  Jenny might come along this time as we explore a different creek and cook up some belly warming grub on a chilly fall night.

Thanks for visiting.  Safe and happy travels.

Brad, Jesse, and Jennifer


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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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