Hello and welcome to the blog. Jenny and I fished on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Decorah / Waukon area in far northern and eastern Iowa. Tuesday was a gloomy, misty mess. Five fish were caught but nearly all of the fun and action happened on Wednesday as we headed east. There are a lot of pictures from the last half of the trip so Tuesday and Wednesday will be separate posts.
On Tuesday much of the day was rainy. Armed with this peculiar looking snack, I struck out in search of five trout. They eventually ended up on the stringer. While cleaning the fish, I cut the left index finger – necessary for crocheting – with the fillet knife. There was no crocheting on this trip!
Sis sent me two gift certificates, one for Mabe’s Pizza and one for the restaurant at the Hotel Winneshiek. Mabe’s is a Decorah legend. For lunch I had a large Caesar salad and an amazing taco pizza. The leftovers were packed for munching.
For supper I went to the restaurant at the hotel. It was delicious! I opted for the New York Strip Steak with garlic mashed potatoes, mixed grilled veggies, and a big bowl of French Onion soup. The warm food tasted pretty darned good. So did the cocktail which had cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda, vodka, and Triple Sec liquor. Unfortunately, the picture of that meal did not turn out so well. It was the camera… I wasn’t drunk. 🙂 🙂
Jenny did not get a lot of outdoors time on Tuesday. But later in the evening we did visit Dunning Spring waterfall. She wriggled out of the harness and it took about twenty minutes to get her back from under the van. Two well-intentioned ladies added to her fear by trying to assist. Finally I gave up calling her and opened the van door. She strutted back up and inside, opting to look out through the tinted back windows. She seems to really like that arrangement.
Tuesday night was spent getting some deep sleep. After not feeling well on Monday, due in part to helping a friend whose car broke down twice in the heat, I had ended up getting a late start. Buddy Steve felt bad about his car causing the late departure but I told him, “I can fish any time. But I’d much rather help a friend!”
We spent Tuesday night at the Walmart … by choice! I love the city-run campground in Decorah but prefer saving the money for other things! Seriously, the body could sleep anywhere, why pay for the privilege? Jenny and I rested after going to bed early. Around 3AM she wanted to go for a walk outside and seemed to enjoy looking around.
The somewhat silly picture above was taken in the “Family Restroom” at Walmart. I purchased a cheap towel and tiny bottle of Axe body wash. Since there was nobody around at 3AM, I locked the door and did a full clean-up job from head to toe… and then tidied up a few minor messes other people had made. Camping and washing up at the big box retailer saved money over paying a $22 camping fee! Feeling refreshed, around 6AM I ate some cold taco pizza and we headed out for a full day of beautiful weather and fun… More about that in a couple of days.
As we’ll see on the next post, Wednesday was full of scenery, fishing, food, and Jenny enjoying herself. New places were visited, too. Please watch for that post on Saturday night. As mundane as Monday and Tuesday were, Wednesday more than made up for it as Jenny and I wound our way through the driftless area of Allamakee County.
Here’s a preview of the scenery in Allamakee County, north of Waterville – some of the most beautiful land in Iowa.
That’s about it for the time being. Jenny is driving me nuts now that we’re home. I was worried that she might get sick or stressed from the trip. The only side-effect is she wants to be outdoors even more. There’s nothing wrong with that! Daddy feels the same way!
Take care and thanks for riding along with us. Safe and happy travels.
Brad and Jennifer
Jones County, Iowa