Rendezvous in Prairie II
By Emma Palova
Lowell, MI- I still have souvenirs from those 19 months of life from 2007 to 2009 when I lived alone in our house, while husband Ludek was working in Prairie.
These include trapper’s fur sacs, collector metal signs and the transporter bag for food and snacks.
But, what I find precious about the time on the Mississippi is that we made good friends. Brian and Sheryl Groen took us for a ride on the river that I will never forget.
We discovered a sunken ship that we called the Mississippi Titanic, and went under a bridge that was fixed with clamps.
Even though Prairie is isolated, the area around the river is hauntingly beautiful especially at night. It’s a wildlife paradise with eagles nesting and turtles in the river.
Ludek changed his lodgings quite a bit as he moved across the river to McGregor in Iowa.
I like McGregor a lot as it reminds me of European spa towns. There were some great finds in McGregor as well. I discovered a store with costumes owned by a gentleman who makes costumes for Hollywood.
He also built a Bed & Bath complete with a salon downstairs.
The Rendezvous, one of its kind in North America, takes place on the Feriole Island in Prairie on Father’s Day weekend.
I find it very authentic with trappers in teepees and real Indian food. There are plenty of treasures to purchase.
“It was a consolation for what happened to us,” I always say.
To be continued
Copyright © 2014 story and photos by Emma Palova