Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Trip

On 07/20/10 we started on our first RV adventure.  The first stop on our initial trip was at Governor Dodge State Park, near Spring Green, Wisconsin.  Of course we had to make a detour on the way.  Stopped in New Glarus, Wisconsin to tour the New Glarus Brewing Company.  Phil liked their Spotted Cow beer.  The tour of the brewery was "self directed", which means you walk around the brewery and look.  While this gives some freedom, I would have preferred some more information about the brewing process.  

New Glarus Brewing Company
Being from Illinois, we had to purchase an out of state Park Sticker ($35).  The campsite was $22/night, however we had reserved a spot so that was an additional $10/night reservation fee, don't think we will do this anymore.  But it was our first time camping in over 28 years and wanted the assurance that we would have an electric site.  Spent 2 nights at Governor Dodge.

We averted our first disaster.  Made coffee in the morning.  As both of us watched, the coffee started running on the counter.  DAH!, we forgot to put the coffee pot underneath.  Grabbed a towel..major mess averted.  Whew!  (Mind went on vacation too???)

The Infinity Room
Went to Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wrights's summer home in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  The House tour was $42 each (Sr Rate) and was very good, our tour guide was excellent.  Highly recommend it.  Interesting how the name Taliesin means brow.  Wright built the home to be around the hillside.   From there we went to the House on the Rock.  Being built on a chimney rock the rooms were built around the rock.  The Infinity Room is "an unsupported length of 216 feet soaring over 156 fee of the valley floor."   The House on the Rock is amazing.  But the collections were overwhelming.   Not enough time to really look at everything, that being said I don't think we would go back a second time.  Cost - $53 for the two of us.

After our active day we were totally exhausted.  Went back to the RV, ate and could not get the TV working, so we watched a movie, "Nobody's Fool" with Paul Newman and went to sleep (with the air conditioning on as it was hot).

We got on the road in a slight rain, onto Merrill to visit Phil's sisters.  Celebrate "Christmas dinner" as Gigi & Bruce served the traditional meal of prime rib. Yum.  Gigi took us to Merrill High School so we could see the students artwork.  For four years they have been replicating famous art onto the hallway cinder blocks.  Their work is so impressive.  Friday night --  another WI tradition.  FISH FRY!!! at Ed & Sharons bar out in the country.  3 Old Fashions, glass of wine and a Sprite were $14.25.  We'd pay that for 2 drinks in Chicagoland!  Sat. trip to Medford for Andi's basketball games.  Sat. evening a cookout and visiting at Kerry & Rick's cabin.  Great visiting with family.

Anton & Tom
Sunday to River Falls WI.  Ellie's brother, Tom, and nephew, Anton were in Bye, Bye Birdie.  It was thrilling to see Anton as Birdie and my brother in numerous parts.    After the play we took Tom and Anton out to eat.  It was great to visit with them.  Stayed at Crystal Lake Campgrounds near Strum, WI for the night.  We  passed on taking the site where we could hook up the sewer.  Good thing as we would have been DWARFED with our little Roadtrek!!!  Big 35 footer RV's and 5th wheels were in that area.

Got home Monday about 1 pm.  A great First trip of 1035 miles.  WE DID IT!

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