Beauty in My Own Backyard
Effigy Mounds and Latinos
Our country is so beautiful. In fact, there is so much beauty that often you don’t have to look farther than your backyard. I was reminded about this when we headed out to Effigy Mounds National Park.
The mounds preserved here are considered sacred by many Americans, especially the Monument’s 20 culturally associated American Indian tribes. A visit offers opportunities to contemplate the meanings of the mounds and the people who built them. The 200 plus American Indian mounds are located in one of the most picturesque sections of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.
My husband and I enjoyed the hiking, fresh air, and beauty of the park.
After a full morning of hiking we headed about 5 miles south along the Mississippi River to the town of McGregor, IA where we found Latinos Mexican Restaurant.
The salsa was really good. The restaurant was not very busy and the waitress was pleasant. After looking over the menu I went with the taco and enchilada combo.
My food was excellent. My husband ordered a steak and was not happy with it so if you stop in I’d stick with the tacos and enchiladas.
All in all it was a wonderful day enjoying the beautiful state of Iowa.
What are some of your state’s backyard beauties?
I live in Georgia, it is a beautiful state, from the mountains, to the plains, then the beaches. Great post!
Kim Henrichs says
I have the Hudson Valley in my back yard with the great mansions including FDR estate and Vanderbilt. I don’t really take advantage of the area like I should.
Mary Rose Benipayo says
I’m so jealous. You do have a beautiful sight any of the day, I wish I had the same spot as yours T^T
Dee Lafrenz says
What a beautiful setting. I lived in St Paul and spent many hours just sitting by the Mississippi River watching it’s beauty, especially around Fort Snelling. Thanks for this post!
What Breathtaking view! And you have me at Mexican food. I love it! So, so good….
Kellie Murray says
Gorgeous pictures!! I live just north of Houston, it is flat flat flat…unless you consider the overpasses on the freeway LOL. My son and DIL moved to Colorado and they post some equally gorgeous pictures on facebook. I am hoping to go up there soon. I’m dying to see the mountains….and some snow!! We don’t get snow here lol. One more thing, tell your hubby that you don’t go to a Mexican restaurant and order steak. That’s like going to an Italian restaurant and ordering a hamburger. LOL. =P
That is beautiful! You know it is easy to overlook the beauty in our own back yard. I know I live in a gorgeous area of the country, but rarely go out and enjoy it or even think about it. Thanks for the reminder.
KATE SARSFIELD says
What wonderful scenery! I’m in Ireland were most of the countryside is still unspoilt. As I’m looking out of the window all I can see for miles are green fields, trees and oops, there goes a pheasant!
Ireland is on my list of places to get to! 🙂
Looks like you live in a gorgeous area. Plus…I love Mexican food, so having a good Mexican food would make me really happy. I live in a tiny town and there is no Mexican food unless I go 40 miles away. 🙁