Gold-domed courthouses, clock towers, bridges spanning the mighty Mississippi, railroad crossings, ports, docks, commerce, etc.. . .there is a lot going on in this small town on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The whole place is totally walkable. . .there are cozy restaurants, cafes, bars, and diners scattered around nicely to provide pit stops for us as we take in the sights and sounds here. . .amazing, we are enjoying our time in Dubuque: the Masterpiece on the Mississippi. But as you can see there are not a lot of other folks out walking around with us. . .the downtown area is pretty much dead during the weekend–though we do find some people hanging out in the outdoor farmers’ market area. Also, there is a music festival happening at the moment with an old throwback band playing the closing show. . .which band? you ask–REO Speedwagon, I answer. Yes, REO Speedwagon. . .of Time For Me To Fly fame. This song was our high school graduation class song. . .I mention this to the desk guy of our hotel, and he says, “yep, it was mine too!” Too funny. . .life is somewhat homogenous out here in the midwest of the U.S., but not offensively so. . .many of our high school class leaders simply had the same tastes in music and lots of other things–I understand these people, I think.
Anyway, lots of fun to be exploring Dubuque. . .I can now safely say to you that if you ever find yourself wandering around at the point where the borders of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois converge, then you will have a wonderful time hangin’ out and soaking up the clean and crisp and natural vibes that abound here. Enjoy! This good clean fun is good for you.
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It’s lovely out there.