Yup. Home again. A quick two night wander in Minnesota and Iowa. The crazy thing about this wander? It was Ernie who suggested it. I was just saying to a friend that when I compare him to the Ernie that was in the hospital and so incredibly ill in April…it seems like a miracle. Who knows what the future holds but we are trying to savor these times when he feels good.
We set out on Wednesday and did highway driving for quite a while. Finally, we got off and headed toward Fountain City, Wisconsin. I had a map made with various stops on it but I didn’t go nuts researching or sticking to the map which made it relatively relaxed. Even though Ernie suggested this, he does get tired and my walking was terrible on this trip. That first day I pushed through it and walked a fair amount but I paid for it the rest of the wander. Damned if I know the best way to deal with this stuff.
I did have three stops we absolutely wanted to hit. The first was Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden, just north of Fountain City.
One the way we came across this delightful sign:
Our forecast sunny weather was nowhere to be found so my pictures (heads up—many of them are Ernie’s) are a tad dark.
We continued north and found Fountain City. I was utterly smitten.
As the rain continued to spit here and there we finally got to the sculpture. It was so much more wonderful than I imagined. And God bless Kohler Foundation. It was just stunning. We were all by ourselves with wet grass, beautiful skies and glorious sculpture by Herman Rusch and others. Read a bit more about it here.
Eventually, after sitting at a table and soaking it all in, we headed across the river to Winona. More to follow about that. We found a local tavern and had a few drinks before picking up some take out and heading back to our motel.