We made plans to visit a conservation area near us that is right on the Mississippi River. Before the turn-off, Zack saw a road he thought looked interesting and took it. We thought it may lead to nowhere quickly. It wasn’t long before the scene began to look like southern Georgia coastal marshes complete with abandoned lake houses on stilts. The road ended here at a spot with a small ‘beach’ and a three-mile bike trail that runs so close to the river. You can see Zack (he is very tiny) walking along the beginning of the trail.

We found wood ducks perched in trees, fossils within many many rocks, busy flirtatious swallows, and two large barges go by.

We’ve made a mental note to go back when it is warm to swim in the still nook of water and ride the trail with Zack.

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