Effigy Mounds | Winter vs Summer Views

A summer/winter comparison…

Our View From Iowa

Joe emailed last week and asked if I wanted to hike Effigy Mounds National Monument with him on Friday December 12. My calendar looked open. We agreed on a place to meet and made our plan. It is a two hour drive from where we live to reach the park. It is along the bluffs on the west bank of the Mississippi River in far northeast Iowa upriver from the old small towns of Marquette and McGregor. McGregor has only 850 residents now. In the 1870s, it swelled to 5,500 and was one of the busiest shipping ports west of Chicago. Then, the railroads came. Steamboat travel and shipping declined.

The day dawned quite foggy and about 33˚. The weather forecast called for the fog to remain most of the day. We ventured forth anyway. It had been many years since Joe was last in the park. He took the day…

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3 thoughts on “Effigy Mounds | Winter vs Summer Views

  1. This post makes me think about a map in a geography book I had when I was in middle school. It contained a world map that was shaped like an orange peel, and it supposedly didn’t distort the polar regions like more traditional world maps.

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