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Jun 13, 2018 - Madison, WI

We had a 3 hour drive today from Illinois to Madison, WI. For the most part it was an easy drive except for the construction zones. We found a great place to stop for lunch with plenty of big rig parking. Unfortunately, the restaurant had closed, although the gas station was open. Bummer. So we went about 10 miles down the road and I found about 10 restaurants at the same address…. They were in a mall, which worked out great for parking. AND one of my favorite mid-west department stores was having a going out of business sale, so I just had...

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Jun 10, 2018 - Madison, WI

Sunday, June 10th The House on the Rock began in 1953 when a man named Alex Jordan had a vision to build and aw-inspiring retreat. He signed an agreement with a local farmer for a 40 year lease on a parcel of land that included Deershelter Rock and the land 100 feet around the base. The irregular table top rock 75 feet above the valley floor became the foundation for the House on the Rock. His vision went far beyond the House and he began collecting and building on a massive scale for the next 36 years until his death in 1989. In the end he...

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Spring Trip 2018

Jun 9, 2018 - Madison, WI

Saturday, June 9th Saturday we journeyed to the thriving small village of Mt. Horeb (population 7,000). The journey was half of the trip, with miles of rolling green hills of dairy farms with vintage white farm houses, huge red barns and metal silos. It was storybook land come to life. Small dairy farms thrive here. Mt Hebert is a vibrantly alive village claiming the only Trollway in the world, and by extension, the troll capital of the word. Scattered throughout the village are life size trolls that are sponsored by the local businesses....

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Spring Trip 2018

Jun 8, 2018 - Madison, WI

June 7-10, Madison KOA, Deforest Wisconsin It’s Sunday and Scott went to visit The House on the Rock, Bear and I volunteered to stay home so he could take the tours. It’s a 47 mile drive from our campsite and the last 3 days we’ve been on the road (8 hours to transit from Elkhart to Deforest and 2 day trips around the area). He’ll talk about his tour later. Friday, June 8th The forecast was rain so we started out early to visit the Western Green Area Park, a prairie restoration project between two housing tracts. Started in the 1990s and...

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Spring Trip 2018

Dec 11, 2017 - See You, In Baraboo

In a change from previous years, we were only going as far as Madison this first day, so we definitely did not leave the house at the crack of dawn. We checked and rechecked our “leaving for Mexico” lists, turned down the heat and hit the road around 11:30. Since we would not see them until well into the new year, our first stop was in Baraboo for a quick visit with Jill’s sister Beth and husband Terry. Beth is dealing with some significant health issues currently and it was good to see her feeling better. Once in Madison, I dropped Jill at...

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Jun 29, 2017 - Grilled Pound Cake Hot Fudge Sundae

Madison, WI The Henry Vilas Zoo is a really nice, medium-sized, FREE zoo that is very appreciated and used by Madison residents. The zoo was opened in 1911 but, despite being free, the zoo was not dated. They had some rather innovative displays. Although there was little in the way of animals we had not seen before, we enjoyed the lovely surroundings and did some people watching. Wisdom for the day – why are barns red? Hundreds of years ago farmers painted their barns with linseed oil to help seal the wood and keep it from rotting. Rust was...

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Jun 28, 2017 - House on the Rock

Madison, WI The House on the Rock opened in 1959. It was built as a private residence by Alex Jordan, Jr. but so many people asked if they could see the house, he opened it to the public. It is a complex of architecturally distinct rooms, streets, gardens, and shops designed by Jordan. The "house" itself is atop Deer Shelter Rock, a column of rock approximately 60’ high and 70’ by 200’ on the top. The house and rock are surrounded by a forest. The Infinity Room extending an unsupported length of 218’ and soaring 156’ above the valley floor...

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Jun 27, 2017 - A travel day

Madison, WI Today we needed to get from Point A to Point B. Unfortunately that took us right through the middle of Chicago while it was still rush hour. We painfully crawled along on the Dan Ryan “Expressway”. On an average day, up to 307,100 vehicles use the Dan Ryan. Our only other adventure for the day was a stop in Belvidere, IL where Jim had worked in ‘66, ‘67, and ‘68. He claims the area looked completely different 50 years ago! Where once there were cornfields, now there is a four lane highway. We found the plant and then worked our...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of 3: On to Rapid City, S. Dakota. Spent a day checking out Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Amazing how they carve the images out of a mountain. We will have to visit again in our next lifetime or the one after that to see the finished image of Crazy Horse! Also drove thru Wind Cave National Park spotting lots of buffalo, some antelope and a multitude of prairie dogs. Inquisitive little creatures. And finished the day touring the Mammoth Site. Parts of 61 mammoth skeletons, both Columbian and wooly mammoths, and bones from...

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Jul 19, 2016 - Madison, WI.

Again, another overnight stop. We are at the Madison KOA. It is outside of town, but has all the franchises around us. The cheese store is next door. We walked over and got some curds and a chunk of sharp cheddar. They had some 12 year old cheddar for a mere $35.00 a pound. We did not get any of that. No rain today, but Hot and Humid.

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Feb 24, 2016 - Pre - Trip Nepal II

Putting the finishing touches on our trip packing. We are bringing carry on only. I think we will manage though. We are used to packing light, washing our clothes in sinks, etc. We head for Chicago tomorrow. We will stay at a hotel there and leave our car and shuttle to the airport. The flight is about 15-16 hours - too long. One more day out of work.

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Nepal 2016 trip

Feb 23, 2016 - Pre trip Nepal I

Pam and I will be traveling to Nepal. I will be attending Travel Medicine conference in Kathmandu. Before that we will travel to Pokhara and after the conference probably somewhere in Kathmandu valley - Bhaktapur and Patan. We hope to do some mountain biking, trekking and possibly paragliding. We fly out of Chicago to Dubai to Kathmandu and back the same way. Neither of us has been to Asia and we are very excited about the prospect. We leave February 25 2016.

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Nepal 2016 trip

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