Indian Summer has arrived here in southern Wisconsin, warm sunny days after the first frost. The days are pleasant, and the nights are cool and bug free - heaven. The colors here in Rock County are starting to peak, the trees gaudy in russets, oranges, and shades of gold. We had a little trip this week on the Mississippi River, an alternative to our usual drive up the River Road from Prairie du Chien to Lake Pepin. This time we saw the scenery from the middle of the river.
Dick booked us on an excursion boat called the Celebration Belle. We left from Dubuque, went up river sixty or so miles to Prairie du Chien, stayed overnight in a motel, then returned the next day. There was good food on the boat, and live music all the way, but the real reason to go is to see the river, the bluffs, the trees, and the bald eagles.
What we mostly saw was blue sky, wide expanses of water, flooded islands, and at least a dozen bald eagles. It was relaxing, lovely and a good way to celebrate autumn.