Monday, September 7, 2009

Galena IL and Dubuque IA

We had absolutely gorgeous weather today for Labor Day. We packed the cooler, loaded up the kids, and took off for Galena, Illinois. We've been wanting to check out Galena for some time. We had heard it was a pretty, historic town, with an old downtown full of fun shops. (For my North Country readers, think Lake Placid. For my NC readers think Blowing Rock.) We met the Knouse family at 9 a.m. and set out together.

The Tatro family has never met a popcorn shop we didn't like.

The Dowling House. I believe the sign said it was the oldest residence in Galena.

An original cobblestone street.

A picnic in the park. As we were walking around the shops in Galena we got more than one comment about "a whole classroom of kids" and "a busload". Two families, nine kids. People were impressed.

The old depot.

I love the old fire station.

After walking around Galena and having our picnic, we headed to Dubuque, Iowa, just 15 minutes up the road. We first went to The Mines Of Spain Recreation Area. It's a great spot overlooking the Mississippi River.

Then we went into Dubuque and walked along the Mighty Mississip a little bit.

I took about a bajillion pictures- I'll probably post a bunch on facebook if anyone is interested in seeing more. It was a perfect day. I always enjoy visiting historic towns with interesting old buildings and fun shops. It's so fun to have Karen and her family here to do it with!

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