My semi-regular blog documenting the fun and excitement of traveling along the Mississippi River.

Growing Small Economies in Dubuque

One of the things I like about traveling is getting to try new things. One of the joys of revisiting familiar places is gauging how much has changed. Dubuque is one of the places that has changed quite a bit. I first visited Dubuque in 2007. In the decade since, the Hotel Julien has been

By | 2017-08-29T15:42:44+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (Headwaters Guide Excerpt)

To mark the recent release of my fourth Mississippi Valley Traveler guide--the Headwaters Region Guide--here's an excerpt about one of the region's larger-than-life characters, Paul Bunyan. You might be surprised by a few things. And don't forget to check out the photos of Paul and Babe at the end of the post. They get around. To buy a copy

By | 2016-10-21T15:27:57+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Delayed Gratification

When I first started exploring the places along the Mississippi River, I did a lot of driving. When I’d get to a new community, I’d look for the good places to be near or on the river, so I could pass those tips along to other travelers, then I’d pack my car and drive to

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:07+00:00 September 6th, 2015|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments