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Jul 18, 2014 - Packing for Maine part 1

Today I am going to talk about the stressful long process you all know as packing. A few days ago my mom gave me a suitcase and exclaimed, "it's time to start packing!" The first thing that popped into my head was, oh crap. I simply had no idea what to do first. So, today I will give you all some helpful tips on packing... First of all my mom made the mistake of telling me to pack about nine days before our trip. Believe me, you do not want to do this. It will just waste your precious time trying to figure out what things you will need in...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Chicago be Gone

Passed through Chicago with no problems!! Lots of friends traveling through with us, but the traffic moved well and most drivers were courteous. This was followed by fifty miles of road construction which got a bit crowded with narrow lanes and lots of trucks, but we just kept moving along. The best news is that when we were through the traffic and enjoying a picnic in Wisconsin, I didn't even owe an apology to Linda for anything I had said or done. Now that's amazing!!! The rules in Wisconsin say you must eat cheese, so we found a batch...

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Westward Ho

Jun 6, 2014 - Lost in Minnesota and Chicago

Apologies to all - forgot to label pictures last post. Will do better. Drove thru Minnesota on our way to Madison, Wisconsin. Never saw so many corn fields in all my life! Not many farm homesteads so these tracts are massively owned. Took a side trip to Mystery Cave and went for a mile and half hike in a cave system – which is actually 13 miles of passages and caverns. Usually do not like dark, small places but was ok. Wish the docent had not mentioned we were under 100 feet of rock! Very poorly lit as we did not want to disturb the bats...

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On the road 2014

May 30, 2014 - Madison

Well today we had an experience like no other. We went to see House on the Rock. It was started by a man who died in 1989, was a collector of things, had a girlfriend for at least 50 years, and transformed a house into a museum of his things and imagination. He collected "things" and when he started he didn't stop. One was never enough; he collected many. Among his collections were doll houses, dolls, circuses, circus posters, carriages, model ships of all kinds, heads of ladies that were pictures, cigarette lighters, you name it and he...

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May 30, 2014 - Madison, WI - Tour of State Capitol Building

(Ron Writing) This morning we took a city bus to the very crowded and congested downtown area of Madison to take a tour of the Wisconsin State Capitol building. That seems to be a very popular tour with school kids – about half the 30 or 40 people on our tour were children and there were two other tours given simultaneously, both with many children. The tour guide did a very good job of keeping the kids quiet while he told us all about the capitol building during the tour. The Capitol is located in an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake...

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May 28, 2014 - Madison

Today we visited the Wisconsin State Capitol. It is built like a cross, with the four sides called North, South, East, and West. (Who'd have thought) It was really beautiful and was restored to it's original splendor in 2002 when the restoration was complete. There was so much gold leaf decoration, as you can see from the pictures. There were too many 4th graders around, so we opted not to take a tour and went to the 4th floor observatory. We climbed a flight of steps and then a one was circular staircase and we came out on an outside...

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May 28, 2014 - Madison, WI - Mustard Museum

(Ron Writing) We had a nice relaxing morning and then drove a little north to the adjoining town of Middleton, WI to visit the world’s only mustard museum. It’s another one of those small museums with a very specific focus and we found it very interesting. Check out the photos to perhaps learn a few things about mustard - we sure did. Later we took a walk around Middleton’s old central downtown area where there are many nice shops and restaurants and a very pleasant atmosphere. In fact Money Magazine has rated Middleton as one of the 10...

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May 27, 2014 - Madison, WI - Celebrating Our Anniversary

(Ron Writing) We had a very enjoyable day celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary! For starters I prepared one of our favorite breakfasts; waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. Then we headed north a few miles to Spring Green, WI to tour Taliesin, the 600 acre property where Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) built his home and architecture school. We took the 2-hour “Highlights” guided tour of the property, the home (Taliesin), and the school (Hillside). It was interesting but frankly a little disappointing. The property is now owned by...

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Aug 28, 2013 - Celebration

Temperatures dropped a little and it was rather pleasant this morning. We drove into Madison to the Farmer's Market which is right down the street from the capitol building - very impressive. It was an amazing looking Farmer's Market but not the place if you were looking for a bargain. I did manage to buy a jar of spicy pickles. On the way home, we stopped at Authentic Wisconsin Cheese at Edelweiss Cheese Shop. I purchased some lovely cheeses and can't wait to try them. http://www.edelweisscheeseshop.com/ Susan and I drove to Miller and...

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Aug 27, 2013 - Smile, It's Free!

Another wonderful day in Verona. Everyone had something to do in the morning, so we were very busy. The boys went out looking for cheap gas.Susan went to the library with Christine and Addison to get books. Aunt Rose and I stayed home and prepared beef stew for dinner. The four of us went to Menard's because Garry and I had never been to one. I think it's Garry's new found store. Unfortunately, they are based in Wisconsin and have only moved as far east as Delaware, OH. Whenever any sales associate asked Garry if they could help him find...

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Aug 26, 2013 - HOT Monday

A wonderful relaxing breakfast at the kitchen table in Verona, WI. Off to Madtown (short for Madison) Twisters Gymnastics with Addison Rose, her mama, and her Nonna. What fun to watch little 3 year olds jumping, rolling, and bouncing. Home for lunch and then off to the nail salon. After three weeks, I was desperately in need of a manicure. Garry, of course, reminded me that manicures are not in our budget. Aunt Rose and I knitted, while Susan read and the boys did a little house job. Dinner consisted of barbecued ribs (Tim), fried...

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Aug 25, 2013 - The Dukin's

Our campsite was only 2.5 hours from the Dukin residence so we arrived at 11am today. It was so nice to see everyone and I can't believe I'm here with them in their home in WI. Had you told me 5 or 10 years ago I'd be visiting my pseudo sister and her mother in WI, I would have said you were crazy. How did this happen? Their home is great, the neighborhood is awesome and we're already enjoying our first day here. More adventures tomorrow.

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