River Road

Lake Marituk visible from the backyard through the hickories and pines of Galesville, Wisconsin.
Our 1913 Arts and Crafts home in Galesville, WI was built by the Schenck family. I love the entire home, but especially this screened in porch overlooking an emerald backyard with a firepit and view of Lake Marituk.
Autumn foliage is turning here in Hokah, Minnesota
Lansing, Iowa
Lansing, Iowa on the Great River Road
Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, WI There is a grotto and gift shop next door made from glass and stone and shells with saints and apostles imbedded in the walls.
Hannibal, MO home of Mark Twain & Shoeless Joe Jackson
Wisconsin side of the upper Mississippi
A draw bridge near Lansing, Iowa
This church was built in 1895 and restored as an Inn by Bill and Maureen Elliott. A granite dining table with legs hewn from original beams of the church structure. The beams are enhanced with scroll work that evoke doves in flight. They were originally painted all one color, but architect Bill Elliot defined the dove scroll works by painting it another color.
The sanctuary of the Disciples of Christ Church on Tuxedo Blvd in Webster Groves, just outside Saint Louis. There was a book on a side table detailing the churches history and mentions of Alexander and Thomas Campbell as well as Walter Scott. They were pioneers in the movement of simple church which would spawn Churches of Christ, the Christian Church, and Disciples of Christ. I grew up in the simpler version without organs and stained glass. Webster Groves reminds me of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”
Gathering room at the Tuxedo St Inn at Webster Groves. Marsha Mason and Jonathan Franzen, a writer that I’ve read often, hail from Webster Groves. The first piece I read by Franzen was an essay called, “My Father’s Brain.”
We drove into the small town of Galesville and I yelled stop when I spotted this sculpture on the town square. I thought it was a relative of mine, Johnny (Appleseed) Chapman. But it turned out to be another slightly eccentric but well-intentioned evangelist with an apple. 19th-century Reverend David Van Slyke believed Galesville, WI was the location of the Garden of Eden. This statue makes the reverend seem both noble and insane.

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