Back for the holidays or just up for a visit, Lansing seems to be a fine starting point for day trips during the cold months.
Day-trippin' in Northeast Iowa is most successful with a loose-fit plan laid down the day before.
Most tend to plan their Mt Hosmer visit and then work in the other attractions.
The reasoning there is to get the optimum views and/or lighting for group pictures. At times, this might be morning, mid-afternoon or dusk so pay attention and give this item it's due.
Give the drive up and down Mt Hosmer the respect it deserves during cold weather months, and once it snows it closes to road traffic til spring.
First, start off on Front Street right under the Black Hawk Bridge. Great place for photo ops, with the structure and framework of the bridge as a backdrop.
Continue on your day trip by visiting Lansing's Stone School House at 509 Center Street. The school was built in 1863 and used continuously as a school for 108 years. Total cost, $5,000.
Next, maybe head west outta town on Hwy 9 until you reach the top of the hill at Churchtown. Stop in at the Calhoun Creamery for some take homes.
After Churchtown, keep heading west on Hwy 9 til you come to Lycyrgus Road (County Rd. A26). Take this to the right and make sure you stop right away to get pictures of the historic church.
On Lycyrgus Road you will find many scenic areas and maybe a chance for some great pictures of wildlife, creeks and old barns. Enjoy the ride as it winds back around to Hwy 26 just south of New Albin.
Once you arrive at Hwy 26, be sure to take a left into New Albin. Here, your day-trip brings you a historic train depot, a 13-sided barn, along with a few other landmarks we will leave for your research. Make sure to find The Iron Post, where half your group can be in one state while the other half can be in another state, all in the same picture.
If it's not Sunday, look for the red building on the northwest corner of the town square (The High Chapparal) for a good burger and some home-cooked sweets.
The New Albin Meat Market is another chance for some take homes, whether it's beef jerky or some of their fine meats.
Well, that's just two roads out and one road back, but a great 3-5 hour adventure if you took the time to enjoy the ride.
Next time, I'll work up a day-ride to visit some of the historic churches in the Lansing area.