Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Hills Are Alive...

Come on...sing the rest of it...I know you know the words...

Without fail, when my family is traveling and we come to a hilly or mountainous area, we break into song. It's silly, but it's kind of a tradition. At this point, Levi's not a fan. He told my mom and I, "Top that, top that!" (stop that, stop that) each time we started to sing it. It's OK. We have time to bring him around. Soon enough he'll be singing it like a little von Trapp.

For those of you who've never had the pleasure of driving around northeast Iowa, it is gorgeous in any season. However, like most places, it's even better in the fall. Most people outside of Iowa think that the whole state is flat. Quite the contrary-hills pepper the Iowa landscape. Some are gentle and rolling, others are more steep and dramatic. Near the river valleys there are often rocky cliffs and bluffs.

Northeast Iowa, in particular, is one my family's favorite areas to drive through. We love winding through the countryside, going up and down hills, passing through small towns, past farms-old and new.

One of our favorite towns to stop in is Elkader. It has a cute downtown with shops, restaurants, and a riverwalk. The Keystone Bridge that crosses the Turkey River there is so beautiful.

The weather was wonderful this weekend and even though windy weather had blown away some of the fall color, it was still breathtaking. My pictures don't begin to do it justice, but I'm no professional. And anyway, the best way to see it, is to see it for yourself. So if you're looking for a great fall drive, head to northeast Iowa and you won't be disappointed.

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