Our first stop was Winona, MN. My sister & brother go to school here, so it's no place new, but we went up to a look-out called Garvin Heights. You can see all of Winona from up there.
From there, we crossed over into Wisconsin & drove up to Nelson, WI. They have an awesome little creamery in town, so we stopped for brunch & to refuel on coffee.
The yummiest blueberry lemon poppyseed scone
Continuing on our trip, we headed through Alma, WI. The houses in this town were basically built right into the bluffs. From the road by the lake, they look like they're built right on top of each other because the streets are so steep to drive up to the second "level" of the town. If you kept going all the way up the bluff, there was a cute little park & a huge overlook/death trap drop-off.
It was supposed to be less humid on Friday. So not the case. We all got a nice tan from the hot rays!
Kim & Hannah climbed down part of the rock to a landing. I much preferred solid ground.
No big deal, just pretending to die.
A little shaded cafe area. I noticed some of the wait staff dressed in traditional Swedish dress.
My favorite part: All over the village they have community bikes, little community book shelves, and, in a lot of the stores, community umbrellas to share. You just take one if you need and return to any store! The sign below says: "Stockholm Blue Bike Project. Free community bikes. Enjoy a bike trip in our village or into our park. Please return to the bike racks when done."
We headed down to Lake City, MN.
Some bad-ass bikers graciously took our picture after they saw us struggling to use the camera timer on the hood of the car....
And finished by driving down to Wabasha, MN for some ice cream for dinner! I also got a "Hot Rod" pretzel. It has chocolate, caramel, sea salt, cayenne pepper, &, I think, chili powder. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks delish!
All in all, it was a great Friday trip! 200+ miles driven & fun little cities found!
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