We have grown to love the little towns of Iowa along the Mississippi River. Muscatine quickly became our favorite. This is the town that Mark Twain worked as a young newspaper reporter. We camped at another Corps of Engineers campground just north of town. We spent one day hiking all of the trails at nearby Wildcat Den State Park. No entry fees. And, of course, there was time for a brewpub. Muscatine has a really good one: Contrary Brewing. That concludes our Midwest trip through Illinois and Iowa during early May. Our next trip in late May headed weat.