Jurustic Park

On our way home from the Northwoods, we stopped in Marshfield to see Jurustic Park, a collection of sculptures created by Clyde Wynia. Clyde likes to claim he didn’t make them but found them in the nearby marsh where they went extinct during the “Iron Age.” Clyde gave us a tour filled with jokes we could have done without. We stayed about half an hour.

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Clyde himself with two Hobbits. His wife makes glass jewelry in the “Hobbit House.”

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More pictures on Red Chair Road Trip here and here.

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Reflections

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The Wisconsin River

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Sunday Afternoon

We didn’t do much on Sunday afternoon. Karen started a fire in the pit by the lake and we sat around and enjoyed the beautiful view and beautiful weather while getting updates on the Packers and Bears games from Jacob who kept running back and forth to the cabin.

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The cabin

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Muskrat

I was standing on one of the four docks near our cabin watching the sun rise. I spotted a Muskrat swim along the shore. It rounded a point and I lost sight of it, but a couple minutes later I saw it again swimming right towards me. It disappeared under the dock I was standing on, and I didn’t see it again.

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About 10 minutes later I was sitting on the couch in the cabin with Sally when we spotted a Mink walking across the deck not 15 feet way. I grabbed my camera just a few seconds too late.

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Last Light, First Light

We arrived at our cabin on the Rhinelander Flowage of the Wisconsin River just after sundown when there was still a bit of color in the sky. Before I unpacked or even went inside, I walked down to the shore and took a photo.

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I woke up the next morning before sunrise and walked down to take another shot.

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M. Schettl Sales

This place is out in the country west of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I guess you can buy sinks and light fixtures and that sort of stuff here. But I wonder if anybody ever has. The buildings and grounds are packed with weird. I’m not going to attempt to explain any of what follows.

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Wade House

On our way to a short weekend trip to Northern Wisconsin, we stopped at the Wade House Historic Site. We took a short carriage ride to the house and were guided through those parts of it not packed with school groups.

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In the blacksmith shop, an enthusiastic man showed us how to make a hook. I think it was probably the only thing he knew how to make. His talk included this line: “Notice the items on this table. Each of them has a shape.”

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We caught a the carriage back to the visitor center and toured the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum. The vehicles were beautiful, the room was dark, the photographs are grainy.

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Those short runners are called “bobs,” which makes this a bobsleigh. Now I know.

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Candies

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Louisville, Kentucky

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Louisville

I spent three days at a conference in Louisville. I was busy most of the time, but I had an hour here and an hour there and I used those hours to wander about and see stuff.

My hotel. My room window is somewhere up there on the 12th floor.

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Here was my view looking over the Ohio River. The Falls of the Ohio were right about where the bridge is. If you enlarge the panorama, you might see a pale area on the right beyond the bridge — that’s what’s left of them.

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Another view of the same scene from river level.

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The beautiful scenery along the river walk. I was nearly flattened by a clown riding a motorcycle along here.

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Along the river to the east. Somewhere along here there’s supposed to be a plaque celebrating the writing of “Happy Birthday” in Louisville. In two visits to the city, I’ve gone in search of it and haven’t found it yet. So enjoy some bridges.

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I walked inland at lunch one day and passed the Kentucky Derby Clock. There’s a race every day at noon and six p.m. I didn’t make there for any of them, but if I go back next year, that’s my goal.

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The Brown Hotel is across from the clock. I went there for lunch to try the famous “Kentucky Hot Brown” — toast stacked with turkey, bacon, tomatoes and cheese sauce. It was very good.

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Walking through downtown, I happened upon a building that has a row of red penguins on the roof.

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And some random historic plaques.

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They don’t tear down old storefronts in Louisville. They just prop them up and put other things behind them — like parking lots.

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On a building just east of downtown.

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On the front wall of a pizza parlor. Yep, a pizza parlor.

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In the window of an army surplus store.

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And finally, inside an antique store.

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Mickey’s Diner

After the conference, I drove over to tour Fort Snelling, but it was closed. The web page said it would be open, but it was closed. A lot of other people were there to see it, but it was closed. I headed into St. Paul and ate lunch at Mickey’s Diner.

Mickey’s is a funny place. It’s an authentic diner, built in 1937 and brought to this spot where it has operated ever since. Unlike Fort Snelling, it’s never closed “except when it needs repairs” — and it isn’t very clean.

The locals eat there. Near the end of my meal, three people wandered in who were obviously very high on some substance. My waitress and the bus boy stood behind the counter in front of me and discussed the arrest of a shirtless man that was taking place across the street. Three college students at a nearby booth were talking about a Bible Study. And yet it’s been around so long that it’s also a tourist attraction. Others, like me, were there just to see the place and enjoy the atmosphere. It’s been featured in several TV shows and served as a location in several movies. The menu lists all the famous people who have eaten there.

I ordered a bacon cheeseburger, which was decent. My waitress talked me into hash browns — “they’re really good here.” And they were good, but a bit weird with a cheeseburger. My chocolate shake was very good. I didn’t hang around long, I didn’t want to get towed.

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