Long ago, massive glacial ice dams gave way to release vast volumes of water defining what would create the awesome beauty of Rushford Peterson Valley; a distinctive natural habitat and a legacy for generations to come. Surrounded by impressive bluffs of limestone outcroppings, hardwood forests and prairie, the lush, pastoral Valley is linked by watersheds and waterways feeding into the meandering Root River. Achingly beautiful and environmentally fragile, the Valley provides habitat for much of the state’s plant and animal species listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern. Bypassed by the last glaciers, the truly special Valley has been described as, ‘a fragment of the past, a small piece of what once was’. This four-season setting is a photographer’s delight with outdoor pleasures for all ages. It is a secret laughing place for the soul.