The tow package installations on our new Jeep were done by mid-day Thursday. I had not made plans for the night, but after a quick look in my reference books we got a spot at a private park in Wabasha MN. It looked like it was about half way between where we were and where we had reservations for Saturday night.
I have mentioned seeing many run down small town downtowns in our travels. Some of the more tourist-oriented destinations are overrun with souvenir shops. Wabasha, Minnesota is different. The small downtown is clean, the buildings are in good repair, and there are many "real" small business in addition to the usual eateries. It felt alive. A good place!
I would like to say we choose to come here for this attraction:
The National Eagle Center, but that would be a fib. Instead, it was a very lucky landing at the Big River RV Park at the edge of town.
We really enjoyed our visit to this most excellent research, rescue, and educational facility.
|Merikay compares her arm span with the wing spans of some raptors.|
Today, fish was on the eagle lunch menu. Sunday is Rat day and they love it!
After the program we got to view four of the resident eagles up close with no glass or barriers between. The resident eagles are all "rescue" birds that have been injured and are unable to survive in the wild.
It was great to see them so close and to learn more about how wild eagles make their living.
If we had wanted to hang around until 2 PM we could have gotten our pictures taken with a living eagle, but not wanting to wait, Merikay opted for a picture with this lifesize eagle statue.
We left our Jeep parked there and took a nice short walk along the river.
Lilies were among my favorite flowers as a child. Lilies blooming in the fields and along the roads meant summer and vacation to me. Funny, how the sight of them again has brought back so many childhood memories!
After our lunch sandwiches, we headed out of town to a park that promised an easy 2 mile nature trail.
As it happened, we almost managed to spend some time in Minnesota without being attacked by vast clouds of mosquitos. I had expected them when we visited Judy, but except for a few deer flies and the usual adult force of ticks, we were not bothered at all. We went for several walks and had no problems until Friday.
We set out on the forested nature trail and although we had sprayed ourselves with "Deep Woods Off", we had to turn back because the mosquito were swarming over Craig. I am one of the rare people who although I might be bitten by an occasional mosquitoe I rarely welt up or itch. I'm just not allergic to them. A blessing! Deer flies yes, chiggers yes, spiders yes. But not mosquitoes. I don't know why, and I'm not asking.
Finally, this was one of several river boats we saw on the Mississippi.
There were some very nice ones docked near where we had lunch. Someday, I would like to rent a houseboat, perhaps with another couple or two to share the cost and fun, and cruise down one of the big rivers.
Anyone want to go?