It’s the busiest time of year for Cooked Glass Creations, so the long delay since my last post was due to Bruce and I galavanting off to craft shows here, there, and everywhere!
A short break from the action (while Bruce builds his stock back up) allows me to squeeze in another post:
The American Queen paddled us down the Missississippi River from La Crosse to Dubuque, Iowa, our next port on the journey. Having visited the area during a previous trip with my best friend, Laura, her step-brother, and his wife; I had a plan: Rent a car and visit Galena, where the four of us had thoroughly enjoyed our day.
The shore excursion office offered a premium excursion to Galena; however, after some quick research and calculations, I figured it was a LOT less expensive (and more fun!) to rent a car for a few hours from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and go on our own.
We asked our table mates if they wanted to join us, so after a quick look at Dubuque aboard the hop-on-hop-off bus (included with the cruise), a friendly Enterprise rep. picked the four of us up and took us back to the office to sign the paperwork. (The rep. who brought us back was also friendly and a fun guy to chat with during the drive back to the boat. I’ve had nothing but good experiences with Enterprise folks, so I concur with Consumer Reports and recommend them for your car rental needs!)
Galena, Illinois, located across the Mississippi from Dubuque, was a pleasant 25-minute drive, and well worth the visit. Bruce, Jacque, and Rick enjoyed strolling through the historic district as much as I thought they would, and it was nice to visit the quaint town (population less than 3,500), once again.
Unfortunately, it was a gloomy day, so my photos aren’t nearly as nice as the ones I posted in my first blog about Galena.
We enjoyed a tasty “flight” of root beer here:
Next stop on the cruise: QUAD CITIES