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Dec 15, 2019 - Goodbye Christmas - Hello Madtown

Faithful readers will recall that my lovely bride is one of the people the fictional Yogi Yorgesson may have had in mind with his old song, “I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas”. While very tastefully and beautifully done, to say that our house is well decorated for Christmas is a bit of an understatement. Truth be told, my primary responsibilities in creating this beautiful holiday home revolve around my height and my strength (clearly a relative term in my case). I would estimate that Jill has about 15 large tubs of holiday decor and my sole job...

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Apr 16, 2019 - Crossing the Mississippi for the Last Time

This will be another quick day, not much expected... we again got off and running by 8:10am and it was a nice sunny 49F. It wasn't long before Mike stopped to have a pee at a rest stop, and since it we were driving into the sun, Mike found he had to quickly clean the windows of bugs and smudges. Traffic yesterday and today has begun to get heavier. As we travel these last few interstates, we have definitely left the back-roads of the USA behind. We were now on a road that we had traveled almost 20 years ago. Back then we took the kids in...

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Winter In Phoenix

Dec 10, 2018 - A Short Drive

Monday, December 10 One of the “fun” things about going away for 4 months of the year is working with the local pharmacy to secure that large a quantity of the prescription meds we both take daily. Then, when we are dealing with 2 different policy years for insurance AND one of Jill’s pain meds is a controlled substance, we move from a dog and pony show to a full blown three ring circus. Our pharmacist is just wonderful in trying to work through all the red tape, but invariably we can’t get everything finalized until the last minute and...

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Mexico 2018-2019

Jul 14, 2018 - Madison...again!

Our three hour drive from Chippewa Falls to Madison was uneventful, which of course, is always nice. The drive was really pretty with lots of farmland and tree views from the freeway. We hit some rain but it was mild, which was nice. The main reason we came back to Madison is that we wanted to attend the Art Fair on the Square in the city which is running for 2 days. Due to the drive today, we planned on going to the fair tomorrow, however, it was raining off and on and the predictions for tomorrow, when we planned on attending, sounded...

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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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