If you drive down the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi on the Great River Road, you pass through small towns full of personality. First, they’re on a famous and well-traveled river. Second, they often offer interesting places to eat and stores you can’t help wanting to explore.
In my next book, Three of Swords (being released Sep 1), Gray Vecello and Cooper Key take a trip downriver starting in Red Wing, MN, where their houseboat is slipped. A little south of there, on the WI side, is the town of Alma. Lock and Dam Four is located there. This video is on the dry side but gives you a brief overview and look at how the river system works. It’s running length is a short 1:33.
Alma offers wonderful places to eat and stay, and you can watch the boats “lock through” from the observation deck.
This is an HDR of one of Alma’s popular shops. I love the colors! They scream, “Come on in and empty your pockets!” I chose HDR (yup, camera on a tripod and I had to wait for a lull in traffic) to make sure I got the plants inside the display windows. A standard shot would have darkened them to mere shadows.
I love driving down the Great River Road. I only wish I had time to do it more often, and money to enjoy it more thoroughly.