We are at Linda and Greg’s house near Milwaukee having a great visit. They were so nice to take us into the city yesterday and show us some of the sights. It was raining and cold so we went to places where we could be indoors. We drove by Lake Michigan but couldn’t see it due to a light fog. Downtown Milwaukee looks very appealing and it would be nice to someday spend a few days walking the city when the weather is warmer. So we went to the Mitchell Park Conservatory where there are three domes: Tropical, Desert, and Flora Show. These domes and their gardens are a big jaw-dropping wow!
Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee
Each dome is about 1/3 of an acre under glass and is 7 stories high. These are the world’s only conoidal (not geodesic) glass houses; the shape allows a better angle for solar heating and more height for tall trees. Each dome has 2200 panes of wire glass that were imported from Germany.
And lastly, since everybody who is anybody, has been clamoring for a picture of the author of this blog, here it is. But only because Linda got into stealth mode and captured what no one else has been able to do for quite some time.
Winnebago View. Get it? Tulip (the Views’ name) has been doing great ever since we bought her new 4 1/2 years ago. Other than one failed turbo resonator and a lost hubcap, which happened just yesterday, she has had no problems. And the gas mileage keeps improving. We had always averaged 17.5 mpg but 3 out of the last 4 tanks she got 18.5, and the last tank was 20.4! Maybe the gas is better in this part of the country or maybe it’s because we are mostly driving 50 mph on the back roads. And no, Tulip is not for sale. Especially since I finally have a bed that is so comfortable.
The two pictures were taken in Stoughton, WI. Afterwards, we finally found a campground in The Dells that was open but had to drive 60 miles to it. The upside of being such an early bird is that we had our choice of 150+ empty campsites and the rates are $20 less a day then they will be come May 15th. Here for two days before going to visit Steve’s sister. Then it’s north to Canada!
Wisconsin relatives, who we are on the way to visit near Milwaukee, suggested a few towns in the southern part of the state to see. So far, Mineral Point and New Glarus are my favorites. “The news of the discovery of lead in Mineral Point in the 1830’s reached Cornwall, England, and the Cornish miners and their families started arriving in Mineral Point. The immigrant Cornish miners brought advanced hard rock and deep mining skills along with a distinctive stone building tradition to the area. The Cornish character of the town remains to this day with many building made of limestone and sandstone.” Mineral Point definitely looked “Old World” and was my #1 favorite. Sorry, no pictures, but tomorrow we will visit the Norwegian town of Stoughton and maybe it will become #1.
New Glarus is a “Little Switzerland” town south of Madison with too many good things to eat. At least the chocolate store was closed, thank goodness. We bought some locally made sausage and cheese at a shop in town and also had lunch. I had Wurstsalat and it was very good.
We drove many county roads enjoying the countryside of rolling hills, patchwork fields, and small dairy farms where most had red barns. Many had the black and white cows outside but I didn’t try hard enough to capture them in a picture.
We are having a hard time finding campgrounds that are open yet. Last night Wal-Mart, tonight Wal-Mart.