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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

Jul 27, 2015 - FMCA Rally

A short 29 mile drive and here we are at the Aliant Energy Center in Madison WI. Parking went pretty easily and we're in a grass field at the far end of the park from the area and exhibit areas. The shuttle buses run fairly often, but it's much easier to just accept a ride from a passing golf cart. While here we decided to look into having the patio awning replaced. The vinyl awning is starting to show it's age. We decide to go with a new awning, but wait for another time to add window awnings to the street side of the coach. It's amazing...

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2015-2016

Jun 20, 2015 - Madison, WI

We only stayed one night at the Token State Park in Madison, Wisconsin. Nice campground with huge, private campsites. Luckily for Brian, there was a disc golf course. He really likes to play that. For those who don't know, it's like golf, only with a Frisbee, and you use baskets instead of throwing a disc in a hole.

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Our Road Trip

May 14, 2015 - Reflections Three Months Out

Food was a huge concern each and every day of our trip. We looked forward to it; we doted on it; we laughed about it; we complained about it; we celebrated it. It was different than our home-cooked meals. It was Asian food. But Asia's foods are changing...quickly. As the Standard American Diet (SAD) takes hold around the world, we have to wonder if our American influence is all that great for Asia. For the past six weeks, I have taken three courses through Cornell University in Plant-based Nutrition. We've looked at all of the research...

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May 14, 2015 - Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin - state capitol and home of those sneaky, mean critters known as Badgers. Some of us call them politicians. It's also home to the sprawling University of Wisconsin-Madison where the mascot was apparently named after the politicians. In addition, Madison is a lovely town, ensconced on an isthmus between two lakes. Stunning glacial waterways make the City of Lakes one of the more picturesque state capitals in the country. "Madtown" is an agreeable, engaging, oddball mix of students, octogenarian progressives, aging...

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Mar 19, 2015 - Time Travel

Good morning to my blog friends and family, Due to the lack of RSVP notifications, Rich and I are canceling our gathering on March 28th, 2015. We expect that at some later time we will have another opportunity to gather and celebrate the joys of travel and blogging, but this time appears not to be it. Maybe it will be this summer or next winter vacation if Ellery decides to come back to the U.S. That does not mean, however, that, in the meantime, we do not want to see you. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Please get in touch with us if...

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