I’m in La Crosse. . .

. . . and it was a gorgeous day to be heading south along the Mississippi in my Mita (with the top down. of course).I get off on a good start, beginning with a stop in New Trier, where the Catholic Church catches my eye.

Further along I come across Vasa Lutheran Church, the simple spire set off by fruit trees in full blossom.

Now it’s on to Red Wing, passing the antique malls and quaint downtown to cross the river into Wisconsin.

It is a gorgeous spring day and — since most of the shops and restaurants I had hoped to visit are still closed for the season — I have some time to just sit back and enjoy the greenery.

I cross back over at Wabasha to visit the historic downtown.

This would be a fun place to do some shopping, but I have dawdled too long and I have come here for a purpose! See, little Wabasha has a kimono gallery that is supposed to be amazing and that is what has brought me here today.

Wind Whisper West Kimono Gallery IS amazing, more amazing than I ever could have imagined. Every space seems filled with a gorgeous kimono and the helpful staff patiently explains what I am seeing. Together we marvel over intricate stitching and bold designs. They are all so beautiful!

But now it is getting late and I need to be in La Crosse for a meeting yet this afternoon, so the time has come to end my spring time rambles along the Mississippi and get to where I need to be.

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