Who’s ready for the summer?! There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa. In this post I share some of my favourites, along with some of my bucket list plans for this summer! Are there any others you’d add to the list?
It’s November and it’s only just started getting cold here in Iowa. A couple of weekends back I visited the Dubuque Arboretum, hoping to catch it before the ‘end of the season’. There’s a public garden back in my home town in the UK and it’s one of my favourite places so I couldn’t wait to see how the Arboretum compared. But I was too late! The day I visited was the first volunteering day of the ‘winterisation process’. Basically they dig up all the plants and store them in a green house for the winter months so they don’t die!
Autumn in the Midwest is a pretty big deal, people decorate the front of their houses with Autumn colours, there are Autumn themed weddings and towns will track the trees for when the leaves will be the best colours. So I thought it’d be the perfect time to explore the Mines of Spain recreational area in Dubuque, East Iowa.
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The Mississippi River is over 2000 miles long and stretches across 10 US States. It’s packed full of history and is an area I would love to learn more about. This photo essay will include various views of the River from 3 different Midwest States: Iowa, Illinois and Missouri!
Another item finally ticked off the bucket list! I could never imagine grabbing a rubber swim ring and floating down a British river, I just always associate them with being a bit grubby and full of rats and shopping trolleys (carts)! But when you’re in America, 1000 miles away from the nearest ocean, beggars can’t be choosers!
Maquoketa Caves State Park is located in East Iowa and the awesome thing about it is that it’s completely free to visit! The park consists of various walking trails through a woodland area (complete with the dreaded deer!), some follow the path through large caves and others lead to the entrances of caves that require a bit of crawling! There are 16 altogether, around 50% are ‘walk in caves’. Here are my tips for visiting!
I do everything at 100mph, it takes a lot to actually stop me in my tracks and go ‘woah this is actually awesome’. Being the adventure/adrenaline traveller I am, believe it or not, I’m not always satisfied with just the ‘3D image’ of scenery. I sometimes need the 4D element to really appreciate it. I need to feel it, be part of it, truly experience it. Fresh water swimming makes a change from the burning salt water of the sea! Here are my 3 favourite waterfall swims.