Hikes & Excursions

UW-BSC Continuing Education offers a variety of hikes and excursions for students and community members.



(Trip is Currently Full.  Please call 355-5220 to be placed on our waiting list)
LeClaire, Iowa, is a historic town on the Mississippi River that most recently became famous as home of the American Pickers show. William F. Cody “Buffalo Bill” (1846-1917) was born in LeClaire, IA. While visiting LeClaire, we’ll explore the Buffalo Bill Museum, which also includes The Lone Star Stern Wheeler (built in 1868, decommissioned in 1967), the only surviving example in the United States of a wooden-hulled boat built in the traditional Western Rivers fashion. Of course, we’ll get a chance to stop by the American Pickers Antique Archaeology Store and check out their amazing collections.
For lunch, we’ll visit The Crane and Pelican Café located in the Dawley House, a brick Italianate-style house built in 1851 by a riverboat captain and featuring
Victorian-era chandeliers, a curved staircase, and a metal fireplace. You’ll choose from Chicken Salad Sandwich (diced chicken with almonds, cranberries, bacon, onion, and celery in a creamy dressing on a croissant), Asparagus Sandwich (asparagus spears, roasted red peppers, arugula, and cream cheese on pumpernickel bread with lemon aioli), or Cody Road (a huge slab of homemade meatloaf on a brioche bun, drizzled with Cody Road Bourbon glaze garnished with fresh parsley and topped with onion straws).
After lunch, you’ll have free time to explore the shops in downtown LeClaire. Choose from Unique Gift shops, Salsa, Sauce and Spices shop, antiques and art stores as well as the Shameless Chocoholic Shop with 80 exquisite handmade chocolates and sweet treats and a stroll down memory lane with the selection of nostalgic candies you ate as a kid.
We’ll wrap up with a tour of the Mississippi River Distilling Company. The Distillery purchases farm fresh grain, directly from nearby farmers who grow it. You’ll get to see the entire process of spirit making from beginning to end. Mississippi River Distilling Company is one of only a handful of distillers in the U.S. who take the “grain to glass” small batch distillation approach. You’ll be able to see the entire process, from the cleaning, milling, and cooking of the grain, to the fermentation, distillation, blending, aging and bottling of spirits. We finish the tour in the grand tasting room for samples.

Wednesday November 5, 2014
Departure 6:15 am Reedsburg and 6:45 am Baraboo Return to Baraboo approximately 6:00 pm
Fee: $69 (includes tours, lunch, and motorcoach)