Mini Vacay: A minute by the Mississippi in Dubuque, Iowa

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 … More Mini Vacay: A minute by the Mississippi in Dubuque, Iowa

Pictorial: The Dickeyville, Iowa Grotto

The Dickeyville Grotto, in Dickeyville, Iowa. Photo by Charish Badzinski. If you ever find yourself in Dickeyville, Iowa, set aside a few minutes for a roadside attraction: the Dickeyville Grotto. If you’ve never seen a grotto before, it’s an odd, amazing, and even eerie stop. Reportedly built between 1925 and 1931, the grotto is located … More Pictorial: The Dickeyville, Iowa Grotto