This weekend was a much better weekend than last. We rented a car Saturday morning and headed out of Rochester to the Mississippi River. We drove north to Lake City and then south along the Mississippi River. The river in this part of the country is quite beautiful and across the river are equally beautiful parts of Wisconsin. We stopped at Great River Bluffs State Park, which a guest told us was " heaven on earth." The landscape was filled with wild flowers, red and white pine, oaks, hickory, maple and walnut trees. The most unique part of the park is the "goat prairie", named because some slopes are so great that only goats could graze it. This park is also home to many wildlife including, 35 known mammal species, 17 kinds of reptiles and amphibians and over 100 kinds of birds. The prairies are home to many of these species and provide food for the hawks, owls, eagles, fox, and coyote.
We also drove into Wisconsin, just to say we did. The part we crossed over wasn't the best part. I'm sure Wisconsin has nice towns, but not this one.
Having a car gave us more freedom - we were glad to not be in our room all weekend. We drove to church and once again were met by extremely friendly people. All willing to help us with whatever we need. We've been invited to dinner 3 times and potluck dessert night. Two people have offered us to stay in their home if we ever need it. And others have offered us rides. Needless to say, we have been taken care of and have added new friends to our circle of friends
They say Minnesota has a code of conduct of being nice and not saying anything bad about anyone. We have seen it - they are genuinely nice.