My first introduction to Malanaphy Falls was in October of 2008. The day was an amazing fall day and I visited the site with a group of friends as part of a hobby known as geocaching, and more specifically Earthcaching. Whether you know anything about geocaching or not, seeing this spot in Iowa may just take your breath away, take a prolonged gasp, and feel your heart to skip a beat.
Checking into my log entry from that day, here is what I had to say: "Whoa! Wow! And what a phenomenal place! And who says Iowa can't take your breath away. This place will be one to which I return!" And return I have. Each summer since that October day I have visited this sacred place in Decorah. I have introduced my children and my niece and nephews. I've taken friends and students and now I hope to encourage readers of Imagine Northeast Iowa to visit.
Malanaphy Falls is an Iowa State Preserve site along the Upper Iowa River. The hike from the parking lot through various dolomite slump blocks makes you appreciate the high spring and cascading fall of water even more. Depending on the flow of the river when you visit, you can often get in the river and indulge in a moment under the rock outcrop with the water spraying over and around you. You will not be disappointed with this piece of Northeast Iowa! I am anticipating my next trip as I write.
Image courtesy of VisitDecorah.com