Much like the rest of our trip along the Great River Road (read Part 1 here and Part 2 here), we were very open to where we stopped and when on the way to our last destination in Dubuque, Iowa. We did have one stop planned along the way during the final leg – Potosi Brewing Company – but this stretch of our drive ended up, very unexpectedly, being our absolute favorite.
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After leaving the winery in Alma country, we ventured back onto Great River Road and drove south towards our next stop: Lansing, Iowa.
Initially, we were going to spend the night in La Crosse, Wisconsin. However, hotels and inns there were a bit out of our price range, and the more we read about it, the more touristy it seemed. We wanted the towns we stayed into be affordable and a little off the grid, so we decided to spend an afternoon there instead of staying.
Following our Eaux Claires experience, Jeremy and I decided to take the scenic route home. We planned a rather loose, three day itinerary that took us south along Great River Road – which runs alongside the Mississippi River – through the “driftless area” of Wisconsin and a bit of Iowa before cutting across back into Indiana.
I’ve been in love with Bon Iver for years. It’s kind of at that obsessive, “fangirl,” impressive-yet-a-wee-bit-sad level. I was able to see the head of the band, and my biggest man crush, Justin Vernon, perform with Volcano Choir (one of his many other creative projects) in Broad Ripple a few years back, but was still incredibly gutted that Bon Iver had decided to disband before I got a chance to see them live.
I realize that as time goes on, followers of Beard + Bloom will naturally start to get to know more about me, as I plan to be as open and transparent as possible. This blog will also undoubtedly feature those close to me, but none more so than my little family, Jeremy and Rosie. In case you’re interested, here’s a rundown about our tiny, Midwestern clan.
I’ve been putting this off for far too long now. It’s been well over two years ago that, in the midst of a breakdown over something so silly I can’t even recall what it was today, I first said to Jeremy, “I want to start my own blog. I need to do it. I’m going to do it” with the intention of diving in just days or weeks later.
I wish I could offer up an excuse better than, Life got in the way or I’ve just been so busy or The time was never quite right and feel better about procrastinating for as long as I have, but the truth of the matter is this: I got scared.