After a full week away from Radio traveling through the Rockies (more pics to come), it was great to be back in Dubuque. In fact, I managed to make it back to Iowa just in time to catch the final day of free fishing weekend.

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My girls wanted a lazy day at home after the nearly 30 miles of hiking in Colorado, so my wife, son, and I headed to Dubuque for fishing at the Mines of Spain area and Catfish Creek.

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I caught the only fish, a Sheepshead a.k.a. the Freshwater Drum, out of Catfish Creek, but the day was full of Dubuque beauty with snakes, turtles, and loads of wildlife to enjoy.

Credit: Tom Drake Dragon Flies, Butterflies, Black Rat Snakes, Northern Water Snakes, and even an Ouachita Map Turtle. Our day was full of wildlife spotting even if I only caught one fish.
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Dragon Flies, Butterflies, Black Rat Snakes, Northern Water Snakes, and even an Ouachita Map Turtle. Our day was full of wildlife spotting, even if I only caught one fish.
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It was a bright sunny day, and this is where the title of my article comes in. What do you do after 4 hours in the sun fishing? That's right! You go for ice cream. Usually, we would go to Dairy Queen, hit up Wendy's for a frosty, or maybe a McFlurry if they could ever keep the ice cream machines working... but I digress, today's trip was more eventful and full of "flavor" as my family discovered a new icy, sweet-treat location in Dubuque.

Credit: Tom Drake Apparently they have been up and running for about 2 months now at our local Dunkin' Donuts location. I had no idea.
Credit: Tom Drake
They have been up and running for about 2 months at our local Dunkin' Donuts location. I had no idea.
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As a kid each weekend I had to travel to Cedar Rapids for allergy shots and every time we drove by a place called Baskin-Robins: you know, the one that boasts 31 flavors of ice cream (I think they are well past 31 flavors now...). I always begged to stop, because who wouldn't want to try 31 flavors of ice cream? We never did stop, but now Dubuque has one right here in Plaza 20.

Credit: Google Maps The original look of Dubuque's Plaza 20 Dunkin' Donuts.
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The original look of Dubuque's Plaza 20 Dunkin' Donuts.
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What was once just a Dunkin' Donuts, is now a half-and-half store featuring that childhood elusive 31 flavors. So, we had to stop for a cold treat.

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Amidst the many different flavors, my son opted for a new movie-inspired flavor called Blossom's Berry Twirl: Strawberry & Sweet Cream Ice Creams with Rainbow Sprinkles & pink Sugar Cookie Dough Pieces. My wife grabbed a Cookie Monster: Sweet Cream Ice Cream stuffed with Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Pieces, Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces & Cookie Dough batter-flavored Swirls.

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I went for the other movie-inspired (If) flavor called Blue's Boardwalk Bash, and it did not disappoint. Blue Raspberry flavored Ice Cream with OREO Cookie Pieces & blue Cotton Candy Swirls. YUM! It was the perfect treat to end an even better day out with my boy and wife.

Credit: Tom Drake A single-scoop sugar cone.
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A single-scoop sugar cone.
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That being said there is one catch, 3 sugar cone, single scoop ice creams will run you just over $13. So that's a little over $4 bucks a scoop. Yes, there are more economical choices when it comes to ice cream in Dubuque, but if you're looking for what I would call a more decadent treat, Baskin-Robbins has the flavors! And while you're there, make sure to grab some donuts for breakfast the next day.

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And did I mention, they also offer ice cream cakes and other goodies for at home later? Curious about Iowa's favorite flavor? Check it out here!

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