Sunday, September 8, 2019

US Army Corp of Engineers Park, Iowa City, IA

Mike and I love it when we can find a COE park because they are always on water and our last stop at Coralville Lake was no exception.  A big beautiful lake, wildlife and trails all right where we were parked.  As with some of the other COE parks we have visited, we would like to go back again someday.  Coralville Lake also had The Devonian Fossil Gorge within walking distance of our campground and that was fun to explore!

While in the area we also took the  opportunity to visit the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and spent a good half day visiting the museum, grounds and library of our 31st president, always interesting!

small part of Coralville Lake


the day of the pelicans!!!!!


trail by the lake


visit to Herbert Hoover NHS

Hoover birthplace

grave site

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library



fossils everywhere!  All you had to do was look down!





lake trail

Sunday, September 1, 2019

1,000 White Pelicans, Coralville, IA

This was one of those moments that Mike and I have been fortunate to witness over the years that just takes your breath away!  We have seen sandhill cranes and snow geese by the thousands but were not even aware that the white pelicans also migrate.  Apparently they make a quick stop at Coralville Lake in Coralville, IA, at this time of year....and we were privileged to see it happen!

Around 10am we went down to the lake from our campsite for a look around and saw white pelicans....lots of them!  We must have watched for an hour, just wave after wave landing on the water!  We have not seen them on the lake since then!


masses of pelicans on the Coralville Lake













Friday, August 30, 2019

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, WI

Last post for our stay in Holman, WI, near the Mississippi River.  The Trempealeau NWR, yet another beautiful area preserved for all to enjoy:






crested flycatcher


 It is very difficult to capture the
millions of tiny but colorful
wildflowers we saw...pinks,
purples, yellow, whites etc,
with the camera unfortunately


wax wing

eyes closed enjoying the sun


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Effigy Mounds NM, IA and Canoeing on the Mississippi

We did so much during our 2 week stay at Holman, WI, that I still have two more posts before I can move on!

One day there we spent the day traveling along the Mississippi to Effigy Mounds in Iowa.  That day we saw 6 bald eagles in different areas along the river.  The river scenery with the wildflowers is so beautiful! We stopped at another of the 27 or so dams on the river to watch a tug boat pushing 12 barges, some topped with vanes for giant windmills!  A great day!

our new jeep at a viewpoint on the Mississippi River

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one of 6 eagles we spotted that day


barges with windmill vanes going through a lock 

continuing on their way down the Mississippi

field of sunflowers
 Effigy Mounds National Monument holds 206 known prehistoric mounds, 31 in the form of animal
effigies.  Thought to be religious sites, over 10,000 were originally documented in the 1800s and early 1900s.  Now fewer than 1,000 survive.




it is very difficult to see the mounds unless you are walking along side them

views of the Mississippi from Effigy Mounds



our last eagle sighting of that day
 Canoeing on Lake Onalaska, on the Mississippi River.  What a lovely morning!




We spotted these two
fledgling eagles sitting
just a tree apart while
canoeing




US Army Corp of Engineers Park, Iowa City, IA

Mike and I love it when we can find a COE park because they are always on water and our last stop at Coralville Lake was no exception.  A bi...