Visit the Jewel of the Driftless – Decorah, Iowa

Our coach nestled in its spot at Pulpit Rock Campground
Our coach nestled in its spot at Pulpit Rock Campground

Thanks so much to Russell and Anna for insisting that Storm bring me and the coach to camp in the Decorah City Campground at Pulpit Rock.  In addition to the warm hospitality of our hosts, we also savor the wholesome friendliness of this recreation filled small town.  Located in the “Driftless Area” of Iowa, the landscape is hilly and verdant with deep river canyons that you might not expect when you imagine a visit to Iowa.

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Norwegian Building Tour at the Vesterheim

Our first tourist activity here is a visit to the Vesterheim Museum which celebrates the Norwegians who settled this area.  On this warm, humid day we are most impressed by the hardiness and knowledge of our 90+ year old outdoor exhibit tour guide.  Since being out west, Storm and I have become humidity wimps and start to wilt when exposed to 10% or more humidity, but not our guide – we could hardly keep up with her!

We spend an afternoon in the vibrant Decorah downtown enjoying the old buildings and stores.  We come back the next day for the farmer’s market – fresh vegetables and sweet wine all in one place – outstanding!  As a grocery store aficionado I am extremely impressed with the Fareway Grocery where the customer to employee ratio is about 1:1 so there is never a checkout line and they insist that they be allowed to carry your bags to your car.  The employee standard uniform is black pants, white button down shirt and black tie and if you so much as glance at their bountiful meat counter, one of the well dressed meat counterpersons will promptly offer to assist you with your selection. To give you an idea how vast that selection is, they offer both Blueberry and Blue Moon Brats!

Sunny gets her daily walk on a town trail
Sunny gets her daily walk on a town trail

Well maintained walking and biking trails traverse this town and a meandering river for floating, kayaking or canoeing runs along the town edge providing plenty of refreshing summer fun just a few steps from our RV.  On Sunday we rent a canoe in the town of Bluffton a little northwest of Decorah for a trip through amazing bluffs.  I recommend Decorah for a summer respite, but beware of the winters here which Russell assures us are too brutally cold for a delicate southerner like myself to endure.

Storm prepares for lunch on the river
Canoeing above Bluffton
Canoeing above Bluffton

 

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow Stormy (my personal full time RV mechanic and repairman) and me as we travel all over the US in our Country Coach RV. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks we learn!

6 Replies to “Visit the Jewel of the Driftless – Decorah, Iowa”

  1. Not only are pictures, but your writing really flows. Good job.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Coming from you that means a lot – Thank you!!!!

  2. Beautiful! I want to vacation in Decorah!

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      You would love it there!

  3. We are so glad you came to visit our little corner of the world. And, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time here – thanks for sharing your experience on your blog! Come see us again soon!!

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      We are already looking forward to next year. Thanks for sharing your town with us!

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