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2014 Adventures – Happy New Year!

We come to the end of another year of fun and travel and we have made a list of the places we visited and blogged about. We have been to many places.

Adventures in Travel 2014


We hope you have enjoyed traveling with us. We also hope that if you have not officially been following our blog (email notification, Facebook, etc), that you join us officially today.  We get the feeling many of you are reading and not following, I see the evidence in the stats of the posts being read 🙂   Some days we get hundreds of readers. We won’t bite 🙂 Thanks!

My husband Al and myself wish you a Happy New Year and that you join us here for our 2015 adventures.

Happy New Year

We Stop for Octagon Houses and Barns!

If there is any building structure we have found interesting and unique in our travels the octagon design has topped our interest list. It was a popular design in the 1800’s and some of these buildings have become tourist attractions. here are the ones we have seen in our travels.

The Milton House

Milton House


Watertown Octagon House

Octagon House



An Octagon barn near Hillsboro, a common sight there.

Octagon Barn near Hillsboro


Another barn was seen on a trip out to Argyle.

Octagon Barn Near Argyle


Sometimes the octagon shape was only visible from the inside and just a portion outside. The Larson House in McFarland is an example. It had a room in that shape, three sides visible from the outside. It was the upstairs Master bedroom.

Larson House Master Octagon Bedroom windows


Octagon Room Larson House

Lastly, we even saw the Langworthy Octagon House during our trip to Dubuque, IA

Langworthy Octagon House


There are many more to see in and around Wisconsin and our neighboring states. We’ll add them here as we see them!


Port of Dubuque Marina – Ice Harbor Fun!


Port of Dubuque

The Port of Dubuque Marina has something for everyone and there is a lot to see. We  began our explorations at Paddlewheel Plaza. On display is a large paddlewheel from the steamship William M. Black. It is now permanently docked in Ice harbor and is a Bed and Breakfast from April-November.

 Paddlewheel Plaza in DubuquePaddlewheel Plaza signPaddlewheel Plaza is at the back-end of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, both kids and adults will learn a lot about the river and creatures that inhabit it.

Mississippi River Museum

Back behind the museum is Ice Harbor, where you can enjoy watching all the activity in the marina. You can take a cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque from May to October. On our way out of town, I saw the ship out on the river.

Ice Harbor view Dubuque

Spirit of Dubuque riverboat


Spirit of Dubuque on the river

The Coast Guard ship USCGC Wyaconda keeps the waters safe in Dubuque.

Coast Guard USCGC Wyaconda Dubuque

Also in this location is the Ice Harbor Restaurant, right on the water.

Ice Harbor Restaurant Dubuque


And now we reach the end of this part of Ice Harbor, and the beginning of  Art on the River on a walking path. Each year the art pieces change.

Dubuque Riverwalk trailhead


Along the walk we arrive at the Grand River Center, the convention center of Dubuque.

Grand River Center

We are reaching the end of the riverwalk, and we see the historic Star Brewery building, now Stone Cliff Winery. It is now is a restaurant and museum and now produce wine instead of beer. To the right is the historic Shot Tower, one of the last ones standing. It was constructed in 1856 and lead shot was manufactured here.

Stone Cliff Winery and Shot Tower Dubuque

Shot Tower plaque


This concludes our tour of Dubuque. We really enjoyed the sightseeing and hope to return and take a cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque. This city’s rich history made an impression on us and the residents are very proud of living here and welcome visitors warmly.

Greetings from Dubuque

Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – Come Grow With Us!


We discovered most big cities to the small towns we have visited  have at least one public garden for the public to enjoy. Dubuque is no exception. The Dubuque Museum and Botanical Gardens is quite beautiful in mid-summer and was well worth the visit.

Dubuque Botanical Gardens


Be sure to stop in the Visitor Center for a map of the huge grounds. You could easily spend the day here. They also have apparel and souveniers.


Dubuque Garden Visitor Center

Dubuque Garden gazebo

There are gardens of different themes…

Japanese Garden

Dubuque Japanese Garden

 English Garden

English Garden in Dubuque

Rose Garden

Dubuque Rose Garden


Even waterfalls are here.

Waterfall at Dubuque Garden

Just some of the beautiful flowers here at the garden.

Dubuque Garden Collage

We had a wonderful visit here. Could not see it all this time but perhaps on a return visit we can see the rest.

Dubuque Botanical Garden Stone sign