Our trip from Stevens Point to Dodgeville, WI was 163 miles of pretty good road (mostly Interstate 39) except for about 15 miles just south of Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, where they have the road under heavy construction. The countryside became more and more agricultural with lots of cornfields and dairies. They are much smaller than we are used to seeing, looking to be only 40-50 acres though they may be much larger in reality.
We are staying at Tom's Campground a few miles east of Dodgeville, WI. We have what is designed as a small side-by-side hookup site but they only put people in every other site so it works out OK. We have a 50 pull-through with water. The dump is on the way out. Surprisingly, Verizon is very strong, though the data is very erratic, and the satellite was an easy sighting.
Today we had a long day visiting Taliesin
and The House on a Rock
. We had reserved at Teliesin for 10:15 so it was up bright and early to be there on time. Taliesin was the main home of Frank Lloyd Wright and was referred to as Taliesin East since he also had Taliesin West
built in 1937 in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also called Taliesin III since the first two burned in the early 20th century. We could only take pictures of the external structure so not many pictures. The tour was great and was led by a very knowledgeable guide. It took a little over two hours and a good bit of walking to see it.
We then went to House on the Rocks about 10 minutes away and spent over three hours going through it. There are three tours going through separate parts of the estate. One actually explores the house itself and was pretty exhausting going up and down several stairs over an hour's time. The other two were also very long exploring the different memorabilia the owner has collected over many years. All of these exhibits are very large and take up floor to ceiling in 20-30 feet high rooms. Many of them are music machines which can be activated in some cases with tokens received with your ticket or purchased extra. Some just play on their own as viewers get close. One was a full concert orchestra of about 50 pieces. These display rooms had just about anything you could imagine from dollhouses to Gatling guns. By the time we got through all of these, I know we had walked at least four or five miles around all of these huge rooms. I was tired and Doris was exhausted and barely making it to the end. We came back to the Mothership and just collapsed.
Tomorrow we head for northern Illinois so we can see some stuff in south Wisconsin. I know that doesn't make much sense but the best campground we could find in the area just happened to be over the line in Illinois. We will be staying at Rock Cut State Park and, though it is in a metropolitan area, are not sure how good of cell service we will have since the campground is in the middle of it.