Called MINI in Minneapolis on Thursday and they arranged to have the car towed from Rochester to Minneapolis under warranty. They even managed to squeeze me in since they were open on Saturdays. MINI was towed back to Rochester all covered under warranty. You wouldn't believe how quiet the car is now.
I planned journey today is to mosey our way on back roads to Milwaukee, WI with some stops along the way. Right across the street from my brothers house and where they dropped off the MINI is the George Stoppel Farm listed on the register and also the Olmsted County Historical Society.
From here we are heading south into Iowa. On our last National Park Tour we didn't make it to Iowa but headed south toward St. Louis from Illinois. Now MeAsWe can say she has been to Iowa.
On my first National Park Tour I had Effigy Mounds National Monument on the path, but getting behind a bit I ended up skipping the site. Since we were out here figured it would be a good time to grab another park.
Effigy Mounds sports over 200 mounds left built by Native Americans that are shaped like animals, such as bears and birds. Prehistoric earthworks are pretty common in the Midwest, however the ones shaped like animals, call effigies, only exist in southern Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and parts of Minnesota. While you can't really see the mounds that good in the picture they are there.
Not too far away we stumbled on Pikes Peak State Park. Recollection is that someone recommended we visit maybe where we had breakfast.
Great view of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.
Stopped in McGregor Iowa for lunch. This was a pretty neat town. McGregor was founded by Alexander McGregor in 1847 and operated a single ferry across the Mississippi between Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and the town. When the railroads came it completed a transit route between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. McGregor became a major transportation hub and commercial center for grain.
At lunch MeAsWe got hit on by the female chef in a big way. It was fun to watch.
At lunch MeAsWe got hit on by the female chef in a big way. It was fun to watch. A picture of the joint where MeAsWe lit the fire of desire.
Stopped at wildlife refuge to get a stamp in our Blue Goose book but they were closed.
Had to stop for this guy, Pinky the Elephant. Pinky is on the Roadside America site.
The bridge over the Mississippi showing the impeding weather coming at us.
|Marquette Joliet Bridge|
In Wisconsin and heading toward Spring Green where Taliesen, Frank Lloyd Wrights estate. We had stopped at the visitor center on the way out and did not have enough time that day to make the tour. I have always been a fan of FLW and decided we would take the tour. At $45 per ticket it is not cheap, however I am sure the cost of upkeep to the estate is not cheap either. We spent the next couple of hours walking about with our guide and the group. It was worth the price. One can take all the pictures you want on the outside, however inside they have you leave your camera in the entrance way area. You have to put on slippers over your shoes and you are not allowed to touch or lean on anything in most parts of the house.
A little about Taliesen. This is the third home that FLW built on the property. The first 2 burned down and his wife Mamah Borthwick was murdered here by a disgruntled employee alont with several other persons as well. At this location in the studio, FLW designed some of his most memorable buildings including the Guggeheim Museum, Fallingwater, Johnson Wax Museum and the Imperial Hotel.
Only a few pictures are shown here, however I have included a link to a slideshow which has more a larger collection of pictures. SLIDESHOW
Back on the road heading for Milwaukee, but of course I had some other stops in mind. In Columbus we stopped for a National Historic Landmark, the Farmers and Merchants Union Bank that was designed by Louis Sullivan. This location was used in the movie Public Enemies with Johnnny Depp. Louis Sullivan was an architect considered the "father of skyscrapers" and "father of modernism". He was a mentor to Frank Llyod Wright.
About 3/4 of the way to Milwaukee was another National Historic Landmark, Aztalan State Park which was the site of massive earthworks created by Native Americans from the 10th to 13th centuries.
On the way into Milwaukee stands a Wauwatosa, a suburb. The Dr Fisk Holbrook Day House also called Sunnyhill House is located in a residential area and we stopped for some pictures of the place. The guy Day was an amateur naturalist who played a key role in the 19th century in American science, specifically geology in his case. It was folks like Day that assembled collections of natural history specimens, made scientific observations and were willing to contribue their findings to the professional scientists that advanced the studies in the US. His house was designated a National Historic Landmark.
The whole time I was standing in the driveway there was a lady next store yelling at me that I was on private property. This unnerved MeAsWe, however I contiuned to take my pictures. I was there maybe 10 minutes and I am sure I provided that lady with something to talk about with her friends.
We had other places to stop, however at this point we lost the sun so we headed to our hotel. We got a great price from Priceline on the Hilton Garden Hotel. This was a classic old hotel that has been refurbished by Hilton and probably the poshist place we have ever stayed at.
Close out the night with a boot of Miller, hey it is Milwaukee.
The trip. Click here for and expanded Slideshow