|The Julien Dubuque bridge crosses over the Mississippi River from Iowa to East Dubuque, Illinois.
Photo by Charish Badzinski.
In Dubuque, Iowa, the city’s arms spread wide alongside the Mississippi River, offering an embrace as if to a long lost and deeply trusted friend. A spring day like today is perfect for claiming a square of the boardwalk as your very own and enjoying the awe-inspiring sight.
For those of us who’ve lived near the Mississippi for the bulk of our lives, who’ve heard her sighs and know the secrets she swallows silently, it’s easy to take this earthly masterpiece for granted. But sit for a moment and clear your mind of the prattle of everyday life, and again she rises through the ranks of wonder.
This mini vacation gives you :44 seconds alongside the Mississippi, just enough time to take in the Mississippi River Walk, the Julien Dubuque bridge and the serenity of the river herself. Whisper a few of your darkest secrets to her; she is a most worthy confidante.
Video by Charish Badzinski.
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Charish Badzinski is an explorer, foodie and award-winning travel and food writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, providing strategic communications, media relations and writing support to individuals and organizations.
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2 thoughts on “Mini Vacay: A minute by the Mississippi in Dubuque, Iowa”
In comparing LAX and DBQ it is interesting to note that in DBQ the city met the bluffs and decided to climb them and keep going west. In LAX (admittedly the bluffs are higher and steeper) that is not nearly the case. We have "jettys" of development in the valleys but the town has not developed contiguously to the east. I also wish to go on record and clarify that those from DBQ are not "Iowegians" — as we are often misidentified in the LAX area. You have to go at least as far north as the upper sections of Clayton County to encounter Scandahoovians on a regular basis.Still an interesting community – they have done nice things along the river. But alas, you can never go home again.kb
Thanks for the clarification and information, Kevin! It is interesting how the cities have grown over time.