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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #45 on: June 25, 2019, 08:49:54 AM »

Thanks so much Izzy and Glog
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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #46 on: June 25, 2019, 09:53:50 PM »

You're welcome, NWargo.  Hybrid bikes cost $20 to rent and that also includes the helmet.  That's for 4 hours.  The Electric Bikes cost $40 for 4 hours.   Here's another video giving you an idea of a good part of the bike trail.  Around the 4:00 minute mark is where we pass by N2B which will be on the left-hand side, then you make a left turn and cross over the bridge on Siewers Springs Road, the one we see in our camera view sometimes during panning.  Then we're at the hatchery, our half-way point.  This video is a "Handlebars View" done in 2011. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBDeUJET3OM
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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #47 on: June 26, 2019, 09:30:10 AM »

You're welcome, NWargo.  Hybrid bikes cost $20 to rent and that also includes the helmet.  That's for 4 hours.  The Electric Bikes cost $40 for 4 hours.   Here's another video giving you an idea of a good part of the bike trail.  Around the 4:00 minute mark is where we pass by N2B which will be on the left-hand side, then you make a left turn and cross over the bridge on Siewers Springs Road, the one we see in our camera view sometimes during panning.  Then we're at the hatchery, our half-way point.  This video is a "Handlebars View" done in 2011. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBDeUJET3OM

Thanks for the info and video link glog!  I did recognize the areas of the trail we rode on last year.  I'll probably rent the hybrid bike this year due to back issues.  I'm fine with just level surface pedaling, but would probably not do well this time on the inclines.  Really looking forward to seeing everyone!  We may not have fledglings to view, but it's a beautiful place to visit all the same.  :)
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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #48 on: June 26, 2019, 02:03:33 PM »

Izzy has previously said that there will be an auction this year.  Details yet to come!!!

I am waiting also as I have several items to donate for the auction.


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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #49 on: June 28, 2019, 07:12:32 AM »

AtF bikers: Here is why Glogdog and Gardengirl go the other way on the bike trail! But a short jaunt up along the river, as far as the bridge you see here and beyond it through the campground to near Luther, is flat.
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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #50 on: June 28, 2019, 07:58:04 PM »

Iverburl - what a great photo!  Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  Beautiful too!   
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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #51 on: June 29, 2019, 08:56:32 AM »

about the Auction: is there a way to be on a list for getting details of how to contribute? I would like to donate some of the classic Three Little Eagles and How They Grew book and the stuffed bald eagle toy that goes with it.
Thanks!  ~Mary Jo
First book on Decorah eagles: "Three Little Eagles and How They Grew!Jacob's Story"
8.5x11",softcover,43 pg.
100%proceeds now go to Friends of Fish Hatchery-Order: www.amazon.com or  www.eaglechildrensbook.com
All ages love Decorah eagle photos/story in book+plush toy BE:$12.95 each,$25 bk&toy

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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #52 on: June 29, 2019, 11:22:56 AM »

 ;D ;D ;D Hiya everyone! ;D ;D ;D  Thank you all so much for your interest in the auction!!!!

                              ~~~~~~INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ONLINE AUCTION~~~~~~



Please do not send anything to Decorah just yet-here is what I will need from you:

-name, chat name, and how you would like it to appear
-a brief description of the item
-estimated value(anything related to Decorah will be listed as priceless)
-At LEAST one decent photo

You can send this information to me in one of two places-either send me a private message here in the forum, or you can email the information to [email protected]

We don't have much time left, so please send them as soon as possible-Thanks y'all!!!!!!

 8) 8) 8) Izzy 8) 8) 8)
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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #53 on: July 03, 2019, 06:21:28 PM »

Izzy, I sent you an email via RRPAFT email address.  Did you get it?  I would appreciate a response.  I am our of country on vacation July 5-13.  Then in a couple days heading to Decorah.  I would appreciate an answer so I know what to do.  Thanks a bunch!!

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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #54 on: July 03, 2019, 08:22:11 PM »

;D ;D ;D Hiya everyone! ;D ;D ;D  Thank you all so much for your interest in the auction!!!!

Izzy - I don't know how to send a message on the Forum (or how to attach photos) so I sent info to you at the RRPATF gmail email address. Since I had unplanned surgery 3 wks. ago & not yet up to speed, I only have a dozen items to donate this year - sorry.  :-[

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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #55 on: July 04, 2019, 12:35:33 AM »

Afitz and TPA, I got your emails, you should get my reply tomorrow morning-sorry for the slow response, I'm getting up to speed on exactly how to compile all of this info...Thanks for your patience my friends! :)
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« Reply #56 on: July 06, 2019, 06:30:36 AM »

It seems there will not be much eagle-watching at the hatchery. While gathering beneath the trees at beautiful Siewer's Spring is a fine way to spend a summer weekend, perhaps this is a year to explore some of what Decorah and The Driftless Zone have to offer? Here are some of my recommendations. Anyone is welcome to reply with ideas I have missed. Each of my suggestions is likely to leave you with memories and often photos to treasure.

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In and near Decorah ..

Decorah's parks are our crown jewels.
Phelps Park is the largest, with lovely Depression-era stonework and stunning views of the river valley below. Some of you have been here for a SOAR eagle release.  From the blufftop you will see the Decorah Prairie and community gardens along the river below, including the mowed replica of a peregrine falcon effigy in the prairie. If you are at all mobile, walk the trail beyond the pergola and gazebo overlook as far as the first footbridge, which is amazing.
Just below Phelps you can ride or walk the Dug Road Trail along the river, part of the bike trail loop. Access it by following Main Street (not the "main drag" Water Street, but rather one block uphill) toward the river from downtown or behind the Whippy Dip.
Pulpit Rock in Will Baker Park is a short but daunting climb up a series of stairs, including some hewn right through a cliff. Those joining Tulsaducati and I on the river will be right across the road to rent our boats. The trail goes up the hill to the left, near the road.
Dunning's Spring is Siewer's bigger and colder cousin. It is a pleasant refuge on a sweltering summer day. The drive up to the park is narrow and offers limited parking. If you find it crowded, consider parking at the entrance and walking the 100 yards into the park. If you can do the climb, go across the stone bridge on the left and up the wooden trail to the spring. The trail up the hill to the right of the parking area is a rigorous challenge but rises to a nice view of downtown. Amazingly you might encounter some of the area's more intrepid mountain bikers, but most stick to the trails along the river or do their climbing at neighboring Palisades.
Ice Cave is down the road, and I believe the road is closed. Probably not worth the hike. Not much to see, but it is an interesting spot. The cave entrance usually remains icy all summer.
Palisades is mostly a drive-through visit, with plenty of space to park up top.  Worth a visit mostly as another vista. Many of the shots you see of Decorah are taken from up there.
Twin Springs is another nice little water getaway. It used to be the sister facility to the Siewer's Hatchery, and some old raceways still are within the foliage at the upper portion of the park. The trail across the stream into the pines above is nice.

The Vesterheim Museum downtown can be well-covered in a couple of hours. We plan to stop in for a quick look at their new exhibit Tattoo: Identity Through Ink. They are having a free open house for the exhibit, sadly at the same time as Meet and Greet. We hope to get in free just before. On other days the museum is open 9 to 5. Remember that the museum includes not only the big red brick building, but also most of that block and also the village behind it.

The Porter House on Broadway is a classic Victorian home with some striking collections and furnishings. Perhaps most impressive is the stone wall surrounding the grounds, which is the owner's collection of rocks from his travels. They are offering a guided tour of the wall ... as luck would have it at the same time as our main event at Luther on Saturday afternoon. But visit at some other time, and check both the inside and outside of the wall at your leisure. And the Porter House says you are welcome all day Saturday to sit on their porches to imagine a Victorian summer weekend.

While visiting the Porter House, take a stroll or drive through the historic district that extends up the hill on Broadway and around the curve along Upper Broadway ... in total of about half a dozen blocks long.

Give yourself a bit of time before the Saturday event to explore the Luther College grounds and buildings.

Saturday is Ridiculous Day downtown. Some merchants set up street displays and dress goofy. Not necessarily great bargains. but kind of a hoot in a hokey small-town way. Some unusual shops downtown include the Decorah Hatchery (outdoor gear in a former chicken hatchery), Sugar Bowl ice cream parlor, Red Roxy quilting, Blue Heron knitting, the Oneota Cooperative grocery, Broker Leather (smells great too) and Agora Arts. If you never have been inside the Hotel Winneshiek, do walk through. Go upstairs to see the rotunda from above, and when upstairs walk over to the connecting Steyer Opera House.

Coffee! Java John's, the Magpie, and Impact all are coffee houses downtown. My favorite is Impact, which offers brewing styles the others do not. They have just moved to a new location right on the main drag that I have not visited. Try one of their Nitro pours over ice.

Breweries! Toppling Goliath of course is the one that put Decorah in the national brewing spotlight when they were named the nation's best brewery and one of their brews got best beer. But I have heard that many believe Pulpit Rock, which includes one of the TG founders, does even better. (TG has an established history of neglecting their skilled brewcrafters which then go on to create good brews elsewhere.) Also good is Pivo just south in Calmar. Pivo is the only one to include ciders; they are made with my dad's apples! Canoe Cider is named for the area around his farm, but honestly I prefer their Jackson Junction Pear Cider.

For anyone interested in flower and/or vegetable gardening, or simply inspiring bucolic beauty, Seed Savers Exchange on Heritage Farm just north of Decorah is a must-see. I cannot oversell this place. The response from folks I send there is a nearly-unanimous "OMG Iverson, it was so much better than I imagined." As one of the founders of the now-popular heritage seed movement, SSE is a world leader. Heritage Farm is as beautiful a spot as you ever will see. AtF weekend is also their annual conference and campout (many guests camp at the farm). Most events are free, but it can be crowded. If not attending conference events, I suggest you go sometime other than Saturday. They have an excellent website at seedsavers.org.

How about supper on a farm? Luna Valley Farm just north of Decorah serves up excellent wood-fired pizza every Friday night. They serve great gourmet pizzas with local-sourced foods and beers as much as possible. You eat outside on picnic tables beneath a tent, much like at Meet and Greet. Except your neighbors are goats and wildflowers. Luna Valley also is one of the glamping spots mentioned in the current issue of Inspire(d) Magazine, available free all over town.

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Within a short drive of Decorah ... get inspired before or after your viewing of Decoding the Driftless!

County Fairs are the essence of small town midwestern living. Decorah's fair is the week before, but two neighboring counties have their fairs during AtF. The Allamakee County Fair in Waukon is on the way to the Mississippi River for anyone going on the Sunday cruise. For a more scenic drive there, instead of taking Iowa 9, go straight past WalMart from the hatchery, follow the first curve to the right as you approach an industrial area, and follow that road to Waukon. You might see Nora's eagles!
The Fillmore County Fair in Preston MN is at the heart of the sinkhole region featured in Decoding the Driftless. If you turn left off Highway 52 at Burr Oak, and then right again when you reach a stop sign, you will return to Highway 52 in Harmony MN. You will have driven right over the top of Coldwater Cave from the movie.

While in Harmony MN, maybe take a tour of Amish farms? Or just a drive on any county roads there will take you through Amish country, so watch for buggies and wagons.

Interested in the invisible? Niagara Cave near Harmony is cool (literally) but kinda touristy. And lots of stairs down into the cave. Mystery Cave in Forestville MN State Park near Spring Valley is more natural, and is wheelchair-accessible. The park also includes the historic Forestville Village, preserved and staffed as it existed in the 1890s.

Bily Clocks in Spillville just south of Decorah houses a collection of huge hand-carved clocks made by a couple of farmer brothers on long winter nights.

Especially if you go on the river tour Sunday, you will find downtown Macgregor charming. The antique mall in the old Marquette school is a good stop too.

Or just drive. North and east especially take you into the best of the Driftless Iowa. Use GPS to take aim at Bluffton or Highlandville (visit the Highlandville General Store and check the Inspire(d) article on the Highlandville dances) or Dorchester or Marquette. Turn off your route on purpose, take gravel roads and go slow.

Also a stretch from Decorah but recommended is the National Eagle Center in Wabasha MN.

Thanks for visiting us!

-Scott "Iver" Iverson
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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #57 on: July 06, 2019, 08:31:41 AM »

Hi Iver, thank you for that interesting list of things to do.  Now I have to stay for a month lol.  Some of these I have promised to do each year and then I can't pull myself away from the Hatchery  ;).  So many more things to do from your list  :).  I love that info about the wall built from stones collected during travels and the concept of a Ridiculous Day :).   You have given us great detail here.  Thank you to you and Becky for your friendship to RRP and all of us.  You are our Decorah Ambassadors and we are grateful.   8)
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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #58 on: July 06, 2019, 08:55:01 AM »

Iver, I join eaglesrock in thanking you for sharing this fascinating information!  I also now want to stay for a month and explore!
So grateful that you took the time to share this with the forum.

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Re: After the Fledge 2019
« Reply #59 on: July 06, 2019, 01:15:59 PM »

Thanks, Iverburl, for that amazing list of things to do. Two more suggestions:

If you go to see the clocks in Spillville (around 12 miles from Decorah), you can also visit the Antonin Dvorak home where he spent the summer of 1893.
The NY Times wrote an article about Dvorak in Spillville: (quote) The two chamber pieces he wrote here -- with their bouncy syncopations, five-note folk scales and open textures -- were subtitled "American" and "Spillville?. The idea for his opera, "Rusalka," came most likely from the Iowan water nymph he encountered by accident as she bathed nude in the Turkey River. (end quote)

And don't forget Effigy Mounds.  You will pass them if you are driving to McGregor. 
I still haven't seen them, nor the Dvorak house, but they are on my bucket list the next time I visit Decorah. Have a great ATF, everyone!