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Jul 4, 2016 - May-June 2016

We left Florida on April 28th for Wisconsin where we spent the month of May & first week of June. We were anxious to get there to spend quality time with our good friend Joe Martens so we definitely broke our two rules of driving more than 200 miles a day and driving on interstates. The trip up was eventful in that we hit wind gusts and rain on our second day out driving through Illinois. We were forced off the interstate when the wind caught our awning in such a way that it uncoiled it from the spool causing it to flap up and over the top...

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Sep 24, 2013 - Beautiful Wisconsin

8/19/13 Even though we lived in Wisconsin for 40 years, it wasn't until this trip that we have taken time to realize all the beautiful lakes, farmland and forests in WI. While visiting friends, Joe & Judy Martens in Waupaca, we looked up another of Larry’s classmates Kay Lauritzen. She and her husband Mike have a large pickle and potato farm. What a great opportunity for us to learn about that type of farming operation and spend a day with them. We finished the day at Clearwater Harbor Waterfront Restaurant. It is located on the Chain of...

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Sep 24, 2013 - The Art of Wine Making

Larry’s brother Lenny, after visiting the Napa Valley when our son Heath got married, became intrigued with vineyards and wine making. He purchased some land along the Mississippi bluffs outside of Keiler WI. He now has 7 acres of vines containing many varieties of grapes both red and green. From those grapes he produces a number of wine varieties from dry to semisweet. Larry & I arrived in Platteville during grape harvest. While picking grapes in the heat and dodging bees was a challenge, we along with many others picked over 8 ton of...

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Sep 24, 2013 - The Platteville "M"

On the Platteville Mound is a large “M” fashioned after the “M” in Golden Colorado. The University of WI, Platteville originated as a school of mines as well as a teachers college. Some students from UW-P worked at a Colorado mine in the summer of 1936 where they saw a large letter “M” on the side of a hill signifying mining. They believed that a larger “M” should be written on the Platteville Mound to represent Platteville miners. The letter “M” was selected for the School of Mines at the university. Seniors surveyed the letter to make...

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Sep 24, 2013 - Belmont

9/14/13 I grew up on a farm attending country school for 8 years and then rode the school bus into Belmont to attend High School. At that time, the population of Belmont was approximately 400+. We had 37 in our class. Belmont is known as the first state capital of Wisconsin. They also just celebrated their 99th Belmont Community Fair. After being gone for the past 27 years, it was good to attend the parade and festivities. I saw many of the Belmont Alumni. The common observation is that we are all older, a little heavier and have less hair....

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Sep 12, 2013 - Update to Glass Travel Blog

Hello from Larry and Mary, Our welcome message summarized our activities from 7/15 when we closed on the house to arriving in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We left Green Bay on 8/15 and went to Wapaca, WI to see some friends (Joe and Judy Martin) and on to Wautoma to see more friends (George and Susie Louthain). The best part about good friends is you can see each other infrequently, but when you get together, you can just take off in conversation without missing a beat. From there, we drove on to our hometowns of Darlington and Platteville. We are...

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