by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"
... that timing, they say, is everything in life.
I thought about that as I went to Lansing one day recently to make my gift to the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center south of the city, at what we used to call Columbus. I took the highway from Waukon because the area had been subjected to very heavy rains the day before. I expected to see signs of flash flooding along that wadi which eventually turns into Clear Creek as it nears Lansing. And the evidence was there, in spades.
Still, I guess I was not prepared to see the Mississippi in the condition I found it.
When you make a contribution to the center, you are given a brochure which shows what the outside and inside will look like when completed. There are also photos of the river taken from the location, looking up river toward the city and the bridge. It’s a beautiful photo, with a single boat moving over a calm, beautiful blue river.