After that harrowing start, we pulled ourselves together and took a hike to visit some of the caves. There were no dead bodies that we saw but we didn't actually go in any. And to be perfectly accurate, the campground host and hostess are not here right now. Their camper is also missing although there are lights and potted flowers around the site. I hope it wasn't something I said. Or wrote.
Then a little lunch and we took a little trip into Maquoketa to the legendary Banowetz Antiques and the Costello art gallery. Both are closed down. Again, I hope it wasn't us. We did visit a couple of fun junk shops and a very nice local gallery called the Maquoketa Art Experience. They also recommended the Rose Frantzen works at the Old City Hall Gallery. These were amazing--what we could see, because most of the lights were off and there was no one there. Aren't small towns great?
The perfect weather continued through the evening as we enjoyed supper and a great fire. Today, home to restock and prepare to head to Decorah on Monday and Albert Lea, MN on Wednesday. Busy, busy.