28 by 28: See the eagles fly
Check one off of my list. Yesssss.
If you’re not following, don’t worry. I’ll become comprehensible in a minute.
In the meantime, here’s some more eagles.
This is a little blurry… because the further you zoom, the more each shake is seen in the photo.
Alright, now to make sense of all this.
Earlier, I published my 28 by 28 list, the 28 things I want to accomplish before I turn 28 in February 2015.
The list isn’t really in any order… but seeing the eagles fly was the first thing I thought of when I wrote down the list.
I had already scheduled and booked the hotel room for the weekend in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where they hold their annual Eagle Appreciation Day in late February.
I got there late Friday night, and barely found my hotel. I get no data service in Driftless Wisconsin, so I had to rely on smoke signals and whatever people used before GPS existed. It was a crazy three minutes in my car.
I woke up early Saturday morning, the day of the event, ready to get started. I drove into the city and immediately saw those first three birds.
They congregate on rivers and open water because they LOVE fish. (But also rabbits as I found out later.)
So I parked my car and walked back to the bridge where I first saw the eagles and took some photos.
The sky was clear, the weather was brisk, cold, freezing, but it was beautiful. And it was quiet. I was expecting a lot more people around for the event. Maybe the weather kept them away. I don’t know.
It was just peaceful to be there. (I just liked the look of this bar… I didn’t go inside. It was 8 o’clock. The rest of the downtown is also gorgeous.)
Yes, I was alone. But not lonely. I had a really good time. I drove around for a while, spotted a few more eagles perched on trees, then went to a few of the speakers the city had scheduled.
One of the speakers had a little tiny screech owl and some type of desert hawk.
The next speaker had a full grown bald eagle, and she fed him a hunk of rabbit while she talked to us.
It was so cool.
After all that, I went over to Iowa.
Can you believe I’ve never been? Iowa is even more quiet and peaceful than Prairie du Chien was. I don’t know if it’s the frozen river or what keeps it so beautiful, but I loved it there.
I went to the Effigy National Monument… couldn’t tour because of the snow, but I will go back (it’s on a secondary bucket list) in the summer.
Then I went to Pike’s Peak state park. That’s where that tree was.
In Marquette, Iowa, there’s a stop over or something for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and that was too cool to see.
I’m not fascinated by trains at all, but it was still interesting. I think I was just in the right place at the right time… at the right height.
There are tons of scenic overlooks in the area. I guess people like to stop and look at the Mississippi River from up height.
Even frozen, it was beautiful.
On to more adventures!