The vacationers traveled approximately 185 miles to Decorah and resided with staff members in townhouses on the Luther College campus. None of the resident travelers had been to Decorah before. In three days, the tour group experienced many of Decorah’s top attractions, including:
-Touring the picturesque Luther College campus
-Visiting a fish hatchery, where they saw one of the bald eagles made famous by the Decorah Eagle Cam webcast of the birth of three eaglets that drew millions of viewers
-Sightseeing at four scenic parks: Palisades, Phelps, Twin Springs and Dunning’s Spring, which featured a beautiful waterfall
-Touring the popular Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
- Browsing and shopping at the renowned Seed Savers Exchange
One of highlights of the trip for Edna Ozinga of Jefferson Place was the Seed Savers Exchange, where she picked out a few heirloom tomato plants that she brought home with her. With the help of team members, the plants were added to the courtyard at Jefferson Place, where they are thriving and expected to provide luscious home-grown tomatoes for residents in the near future.
Jefferson Place resident Jeanetta Olsthoorn most enjoyed the beautiful waterfalls and scenery, and visiting the museum. Though she was initially uncertain about making the trip, she quickly embraced the chance to travel and sightsee. In fact, she even wished for a flat tire on the last day, so the group could stay in Decorah a little bit longer.
“I thought I wouldn’t be able to go because I need too much help,” said Olsthoorn. “But they took good care of me. They treated me like a queen. I would recommend this trip to anyone. They should go—it was fun!”