There is a hautingly beautiful Charlie pride song titled "Roll on Mississippi". It is an echo of the years as it speaks of this magical muddy river. Some of the words in the song are "Roll on Mississippi, carry me home. Your the childhood dream I grew up on". My husband has been going to Harpers Ferry, IA since he was a child. As a boy he played and explored, and grew to become a man in this small town that is tucked in between the Iowa and Wisconsin bluffs. There is a calmness about this area. And in that calmness there is room to grow and learn of the things most children never glimps. All of Iowa is wonderful, but Northeast Iowa is a special place. When the hills begin to roll as you drive up to this historical region, you begin to feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself. You become wiser through proximity alone. A part of the ages, that carved out their story in the landscape. They are your muse, and enlighten your soul.
I could speak volumes about this region. About ancient effigy mounds, and prehistoric people. Not to mention the awe-inspiring sites from Pikes Peak, Mount Hosmer, and many other over looks. The quaint little towns of Elkader and Clermont, Waukon and McGregor, nestled in their vallies. The history of the fur traders and clam diggers. Of farmers and explorers. Of pioneers that brought thier faimlies to this spellbinding landscape. Whos mark is still seen in the remnits of old barns and homesteads. In tiny cemeteries, and traditions past down to the generations.
I could speak to you about the changing of the leaves and how with the seasons change the hills become a rolling rainbow of reds and oranges, golds and blues. Then begin the celebrations with apple fesivals and hay rides. We could speak about dusty roller coaster roads, or of the miles of nature and wild life, where a long hike in the bluffs could always hold the promise of a frightening encounter. There is also the fishing and boating, and warm summer days basking in the sun, trying to catch a cool breeze off the river. Northeast iowa is a majical, relaxing, and an inspiring place to be.
Charlie Pride tells us that, "When the world's spinning fast, too fast for me, and I need a place to dream, I come to your bank, sit in your shade and relive the memories...". This is my Northeast Iowa. The land of my dreams.