The spot was very familiar to me as I had often accompanied my friend Mr. Sciences 8th grade Earth Science classes on field trips to this area. Perhaps you can picture two orange busloads of kids piling out, notebooks in hand and then being told to
estimate the height of the cliff, the rate of the water flow and to look for fossils. Although as the American History and Geography teacher this geology stuff wasn't my area of expertise I'd been along on these outings enough with Mr. Science to know the answer to some of the questions. Such as "you people don't imagine this little dinky creek carved out this huge cliff do you?" I had to make sure I wasn't nodding my head and thereby giving away the answer.
On Barn Bluff near Red Wing, Minnesota
Far below is Lake Pepin a widening of the Mississippi River. Photo taken from Frontenac State Park with Wisconsin in the distance.
Gary (Mr. Science) studying rocks......