Nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism. Supported by readers.


Revisiting Highway 61

After a couple of day trips down past Lake Pepin earlier this year, I’ve grown to like the scenery and little towns on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River. But when I drove from Minneapolis to Winona Sunday, I took in the more familiar views from the Minnesota side along good old U.S. Highway 61.

I gave myself a little extra time, knowing I would want to stop and shoot a few photos. Late September in Minnesota and Wisconsin “bluff country” means cool, sunny days and the first fall colors beginning to take over the green, tree-covered hillsides and valleys. This is a gorgeous time of year, and the weather that day did not disappoint.

I’m glad I don’t have to choose which side of the river is a nicer drive, because I can’t. Bob Dylan’s song popped into my head on Sunday. The lyrics have absolutely nothing to do with what I was doing, but at that moment I was very happy to be “out on Highway 61.”

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Mike Schleif on 09/29/2011 - 06:44 pm.

    I’ve most of the length of the Mississippi at least once, some stretches many times over the years. That stretch joining four states Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois is always wonderful for me. But, this time of year through October is always the best!

    The river is peaceful and powerful. It puts so much in perspective after months of city mumbo jumbo. I hope I get the time to do as you’ve done this year. Great job bringing this to the attention of those who may never have experienced it.

    Best Regards,


  2. Submitted by Tom Miller on 09/29/2011 - 07:43 pm.

    Excellent series of photos. Thank you.

  3. Submitted by Steve Date on 09/30/2011 - 11:16 am.

    Thank you. Glad you liked the photos. It is a beautiful area. I hope everyone takes time to enjoy the views (wherever you are) during the changing seasons.

Leave a Reply