I took a day trip with a group from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Middleton. We rode the bus through pouring rain for a while and two and a half hours later arrived at the autumnal beauty of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Happily, the rain had ended. Under broken clouds we visited the grounds of the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe, located just outside LaCrosse. Following lunch we boarded a small sternwheeler for a ride on the Mississippi River. Returning to land, we traveled up to Grandad Bluff Park, 600 feet above LaCrosse and the Mississippi River for a satisfying view before returning home.