What a bonus! It was 80 degrees this weekend. The Sun was shining, the Honeycrisps and pumpkins were ripe and the leaves were brilliantly colored. We weren't even planning one more trip to our favorite pizza place. The Nelson Stone Barn. But we were lucky enough to get a bonus weekend on the river. Our first stop was for apples. A whopping $50 for a big bag of Honeycrisps. Holy Cow. I guess you have to be a Millionaire to eat apples these days. Then we hiked on over to Maiden Rock bluff.
Princess Winona (Princess We-Noh-Nah) is the central Native American character in a "Lover's Leap" romantic legend set at Maiden Rock on the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin in the United States. Princess Winona leaps to her death from Maiden Rock rather than marry a suitor she does not love.There are several variations of the story. Winona's father is sometimes said to be Chief Red Wing of what is now Red Wing, Minnesota or Chief Wabasha (Wapasha) of a village identified as Keoxa, now known as Winona, Minnesota. Rather than marry a suitor she does not love, Winona chooses to leap from the cliff of Maiden Rock to her death. Who the suitor is depends on the version of the tale. Some versions featured him as a French trapper; others say he is an Indian of another tribe.
In the traditional Dakota language, "Winona" is not a personal name, but a general term for a first-born child of any class distinction who happens to be female.
The concept of the central figure as a "princess" is in keeping with a European-American stereotype about Native American "princesses." In fact, the Sioux do not have an equivalent title for "princess" in any of the major dialects.
Today "Winona" has become regularly used as a personal and place name throughout the United States.
Look at the sunset creeping down through the window of the old barn pilings. A bottle of vino, a romantic setting and a fantastic pizza just pulled from a burning hearth. Life is good.