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Revisiting Highway 61

Here are some late September views from the Minnesota side of the Mississippi River along good old U.S. 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.”