|Mississippi River bridge at La Crosse, Wisconsin - MMSikes|
|American Lotus and duck weed - MMSikes|
The American lotus was in full bloom all along the river. The boat captain guided the vessel in so we could get close up views of this showy water plant that is the largest wildflower in the United States, blooming in July and August.
|Barges under the bridge - MMSikes|
The river is forever changing. Great lines of barges passed by as we dined along the river bank. How very important this river is and always has been. Paddle wheel boats, steamers, timber floats... So much history lies along the mighty Mississippi--the nation's first interstate highway.