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Mississippi River: End of Scamp Season

From October 2021 We started and ended our 2021 camping system on the Mississippi River.   We had one last brewpub to visit:  608 Brewing, named after the area code.  In most parts of the country, you would never see children in a bar.  Wisconsin isn't like most parts of the country. There were actually many kids running around in both the outside space and the inside space. The beer was pricey here, but I have to admit the hazy IPA would have my nomination for beer of the year.   With the Scamp put away, we stayed close to home until December.  The blog will pick up from there. 

Darker than Grey

 It was a grey day in Clinton, Iowa. Not just the weather. Things I saw on my long walk with Callie put me into a somber mood. 

We walked from downtown to the Lyons’s business district on the walkway along the Mississippi River. Early into the walk, I saw this.


Someone vandalized this fence in the name of American freedom. And for what? To access a flooded backwater where the trail ends just beyond the fence.

I walked several miles contemplating this angry, misguided act before turning west into Lyons. In fairness, I later saw attractive, thriving blocks. But this was my first impression. 


This was an empty city block, except for the last apparent business remaining: a gun store.

I walked up a few blocks, returning to downtown via what had to be its most prosperous street—many years ago.  Huge homes that must have been the pride of their owners at some point.


Continuing my walk, I saw some well-kept homes, large and small, but I couldn’t shake my feeling of American decline. Calling it great doesn’t make it so. Sometimes, it’s just a turd floating in the water. When we accept lower standards, something is lost.

“combined sewer overflow”



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