When our boys were small, overtired, slightly sick &/or cranky, we used to take them for "rides." It was a miracle cure. It had a calming, soothing effect that left them quickly asleep and ready to bring home and put to bed. All these years later it is still one of our favorite things. In any season we just head off for parts unknown. A new road, town, café, scenic vista and we now find ourselves to be calmer and refreshed. Oh and in spring, summer and fall we like to bring picnics along.
Some recent examples from last year -
We found the Houston, Minnesota Nature Center at the terminus of the Root River bike trail. It functions both as a nature center and as the trailhead facility for the Root River Trail in Houston. Here you can camp, take a shower, enjoy the hands-on nature displays, meet Alice the Great Horned Owl, walk through the prairie, take in a Saturday evening program during the summer, or enjoy recycled bike art
An old mill at Lake Mills, Iowa.
A view from the ridge at Balltown, Iowa looking east to the Mississippi and Wisconsin.
Cranberry farms in Wisconsin.
On a minimum maintenance road it's best to take the four wheel drive Chevy truck....
A round barn along the way
Of course, a day trip is never really complete without a picnic. Here we are with friends Rick & Loretta at Big Island State Park.
Then it's Minnesota :"Country Roads Take Me Home..."