|Dubuque's monument overlooking the Mississippi River|
Mines of Spain Recreation Area has actually been on that list for a long time now. Several years ago I was intrigued by the idea of finding the "Grand Canyon" of every state. When I lived on the east coast, the term was frequently used to describe natural features that were every bit as worth the visit as the actual grand canyon. While I didn't necessarily find the term used in every state, I was able to find 36 examples that more-or-less adopted the term "The Grand Canyon of...". Hence, long before I moved to the Midwest, I had learned of the Mines of Spain as the "Grand Canyon of Iowa".
|Some perspective for the canyon walls.|
|Overlooking the Mississippi River|
|From the bottom|
At the "summit", the Dubuque Monument offers some natural and historical perspective to the Mines of Spain. One can enjoy the view of the City of Dubuque to the North or the view of the massive river to the South. It was also a perfect lunchtime picnic site. We ate our tuna sandwiches and marveled at the view of America's river. Had we a world in time, we would have liked to have kayaked or made a road trip out of seeing the entire upper Mississippi River.
|Looking South from the monument|
My first trip into my 49th state was a great experience. I'm glad I was able to see a part of Iowa which abounded in natural tranquility. Anyone who calls themselves an outdoor enthusiast would be happy here. I look forward to coming back with a kayak/
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