The Bald Eagles

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Dubuque, Iowa

Can you spot all of the bald eagles in this photo?

At Eagle Point Park there were always several bald eagles to spot. To the casual observer they can look like an over-sized crow, especially at a distance. After living in Iowa we have an eye for spotting bald eagles. Even in Colorado I can spot the one or two that occasionally fly around.

– The Katie Clark

The Eagle Point Park

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Dubuque, Iowa

Eagle Point Park was our favorite place to go for a walk in Iowa. We went to that park several times. Whether it be for a quick stroll after work or a picnic or photo excursion we loved to go to Eagle Point Park. The coolest animal you will spot at the park are the bald eagles. You could watch the Lock and Dam 11 from Eagle Point Park and have a fantastic view of bald eagles hunting or resting in trees. It was very cool to see so many bald eagles in one location.

– The Katie Clark

The Lock and Dam 11 Ship

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Dubuque, Iowa

Occasionally when we would be watching the Lock and Dam we would get lucky enough that  a ship would need to pass through. It was always interesting to see how much time and precision it took to pass through the lock and dam. It was definitely not an easy task!

– The Katie Clark

The Lock and Dam 11

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Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque was the proud location of Lock and Dam 11. We would watch ships pass through the lock and dam every so often. This was also a great place to watch bald eagles hunt for fish. We would go down to the lock and dam on the coldest days to watch the bald eagles. Unfortunately their favorite temperature is the worst temperature for us.

– The Katie Clark

The Maquoketa Caves

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Maquoketa Caves, Iowa

If you read my Saturday post you will know we were frequent hikers at the Maquoketa Caves!

It was one of the coolest spots. There are several caves that are free to the public to roam. Obviously some caves are more accessible than others but all of them are fun to walk through. You almost feel like you are doing something illegal because usually going into caves requires a guide.

If you end up in Iowa and need a fun place to hike around or have a quick picnic then stop at the Maquoketa Caves!

– The Katie Clark

The Creepy Crawly

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Maquoketa Caves, Iowa

One of the coolest places in Iowa to walk/hike around was the Maquoketa Caves. There were several caves that walkers and hikers had unrestricted access too! It was like being a little kid and exploring the unknown. While hiking in caves or in general you never know what creepy crawlies you will stumble upon! We stumbled upon this “little” guy on one of our hikes at the caves. I am not a fan of these creepy crawlies…

– The Katie Clark

The Buffalo on the River

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LeClaire, Iowa

If you read my post yesterday you will know that the Buffalo Bill Museum is in LeClaire, Iowa. The museum is on the Mississippi river. The river walk near the museum is a lovely walk. It was especially nice because we were visiting during the fall so the trees were changing colors. If you go to the museum make sure to talk a walk along the river and have dinner is the old town area of LeClaire.

– The Katie Clark

The Buffalo Bill Museum

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LeClaire, Iowa

Another quick sight to see in Iowa is the Buffalo Bill Museum. It was a nice museum with large quantities of historical artifacts. It was a fun stop suggested to us by my grandparents. The Lone Star Steamer ship is open to visitors and you can wander through the different decks of the ship. Walking through the ship was definitely the highlight of the museum.

– The Katie Clark

The Demolition Derby

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Dubuque, Iowa

One of the funnest things we did during our time in Iowa was going to a demolition derby! We had never been to one before and had no idea what to expect… It is exactly what you expect! It was tons of laughs and lots of demolition! Cars were smoking and being crushed from all angles.

The best part of the entire derby was the start. There were two rows of cars back to back waiting for the starting signal… BANG! All of the cars threw it into reverse and just slammed into the car directly behind them. Then for a split second while the drivers put the cars into to drive and centered themselves there was no movement. Just a silent moment after a loud moment of crunching metal. It was hilarious to watch the anti-climactic start that led to so much more demolition!

If you come across a demolition derby, GO IMMEDIATELY!

– The Katie Clark