Friday, July 06, 2007
Tourist in your own town
My brother Kevin and family (his wife, Lora, and children Erin and Stephen) visited us from Omaha for a couple of days starting on Independence Day. We had a great time, and it was an occasion for us to do some "touristy things" in Dubuque and the immediate area.
We went on the new Eco-cruise offered by the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. For 75 minutes, we rode a pontoon boat on a guided tour of some of the river environment -- things you'd miss on a speedboat or an excursion boat in the middle of the channel. We floated into Catfish Creek, which feeds into the Mississippi River south of Dubuque.
Afterway, we strolled the Dubuque Riverwalk and visited the Stone Cliff Winery's new location in the Dubuque Star Brewery building (still under renovation).
We rode the Fenelon Place Elevator -- the world's shortest, steepest railroad -- to the bluffs overlooking downtown Dubuque.
There, we could gaze upon three states -- Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.
We then crossed over the Mississippi and made a brief visit to Sinsinawa Mound, headquarters of the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters. Nephew Stephen was particularly interested in the prayer/meditation labyrinths (indoor and outdoor versions) on the campus.
After an afternoon of being a tourist in our own community, we adjourned to the house for a delicious cookout and the umpteenth viewing of one of both families' favorite movies, "What About Bob?" (1991).