Muscatine Iowa Area Sightseeing

July 13, 2020 at 8:12 pm (travel) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Summer is here! We’ve been quarantined long enough, so we are off to see all the sights, but distantly! So, we thought we would round up some of the things to do and see outside and at a distance, here in Muscatine area, Iowa. Enjoy!

1. Wilcat Den and Saw Mill- this is one of my family’s favorites in the area. Its historic and beautiful and there is plenty to do here! You can camp or stop for the day, hike the many trails, and explore the historic buildings. There is a school and an old church and even a mill. The old bridge over the stream at the mill is a gorgeous sight to behold. PLUS… you can swim in the stream and go up to the waterfall! Its an amazing experience and the whole family loves doing it!

2. Weed Park- one of the best parks I’ve found, anywhere. Picnic areas, pavilions, historical plaques and sights, gorgeous views of the Mississippi, beautiful landscaping, and a pond with ducks, geese, and fishing for kids. Plus, they have two playgrounds that are awesome. And once back to normal they have a waterpark. Totally worth a visit for everyone in the family.

3. Discovery Park- during normal times, they have an indoor center to see interactive wildlife features and even take classes. Currently, you can still see all they have to offer outside. There are numerous trails to walk, most paved, through gorgeous views, wildflower patches and even see wild animals. They have a butterfly garden and owls outside to view too. They also have a pond where you can fish!

4. Muscatine River Front- plenty to do down here, even distantly! You may not be visiting the pearl button factory museum right now, and even the splash pad is not turned on yet, but it’s still a beautiful, relaxing, and even entertaining area of Muscatine. You can walk the gorgeous river front, even stopping to read the plaques about the city history. You can play at the play ground. You can even take photos with the clam digger statue. And there are a few downtown restaurants up the block that offer outside dining!

5. Swinging Bridge- you have to drive about 15 minutes out of town for this one, but worth the drive. The Swinging Bridge in Columbus Junction is a sight to not miss. We visit each year for the views and a photo. Read about the bridge’s history, walk across if you dare, snap some photos, and even hike the lower trails. You will love this one!!

While you are out in the Columbus Junction area, you can see the historical marker for Convict Highway! 😉 Just a super old road, but you can read about how the convicts of the time built it!

Muscatine also offers several parks with awesome playgrounds, a skate park, and a disk golf course. Plus plenty of sites indoors once that is safe again!

We also love to camp and boat. I can recommend places for that too! Enjoy! 😉

XX,

Jess

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Kitchen Cabinets!

April 21, 2009 at 7:33 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

They are done.  Yes, they are done!  I love love it!  Remember, as you look at the pictures, though, that the old white on white counter-tops look won’t last long.  We will be getting the new dark counter-tops in a few weeks.  Also,  notice the new cabinet in between the stove and the fridge- now the dog food can be hidden!  (It will also get a counter-top!)  A before to freshen your memory:

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Here you go:

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Well?  What do you think?  I think it feels so nice and new and clean in there!  Remember, things will keep changing for a while.  In addition to new counter-tops there will be a hood where the old microwave is, and the cabinet above the fridge will change.  We also have a few more projects for in here… like new lights and something to do with antique rolling pins… so let me know what you think, and stay tuned!

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Kitchen Sneak Peak

April 16, 2009 at 8:55 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The kitchen is almost done!  I’m exhausted, but it was totally worth it.  Here is a little sneak peak for you until I am ready for the final reveal:

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If you like these little snap shots then stay tuned for the rest…

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