Andrew and the broken heart
alongside US-12 at Forevertron in Wisconsin.
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The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
Taking a practice swim.
Eating a sandwich on the banks of the Mississippi near Lake Pepin.
Waterfowl begging for scraps on a bluff overlooking Lake Pepin.
The beach at Hok-Si-La Park north of Lake City, MN.
Andrew's taking a dip in Old Muddy where she is cleanest in Minnesota.
At the Sea Life Aquarium in the Mall of America, Bloomington, MN.
Every Lego you ever lost is carefully filed on this huge wall in the middle of the mall.
A huge, menacing robot made of teeny tiny Legos.
The amusement park inside the Mall of America seems to have shed its local Charlie Brown association.
Downtown Minneapolis from the Stone Arch Bridge.
Observing Lock & Dam #2 from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, MN.
Most of the area around the former St. Anthony Falls was delapidated cereal and flour mills.
Mill Ruins in downtown Minneapolis.
As we walked across the bridge, a huge, auick summer storm passed overhead.
The rainbow of the summer storm, making the flour mill look like a million bucks.
Minneapolis' old Pillsbury factory on the Mississippi.
A great shot of the Minneapolis riverfront along West River Parkway.
The Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI.
After the tour, you are welcome to free samples from this tiny cup.
You are not allowed to drink the beer from THIS cup, though.
While we were sitting around Leinenkugel's Brewery, a Memorial Day parade happened down the street.
Welcome to Wisconsin Dells, kids!
Climbing a huge, wet pillow at Knuckleheads in Lake Delton, WI.
We visited Brat Fest in Madison twice, despite the prediction of potential tornados because.... because brats.
The gates to Forvertron were closed, but what we found otuside really whet the appetite.
These strange garbage-made men beckoned me to return again.
Squak! in North Freedom, WI.
May 25-28, 2012
Explored: Minnesota's Lower Mississppi
Valley and Wetsern Wisconsin
Transportation: 2009 Dodge Grand
Jessica, Andrew, & Scott
Notes: We had to get away from a rough
school year and so headed northwest aimlessly, along US-12, into
Wisconsin and into a rainy, stormy Memorial Day weekend.
We sailed into Madison in time to enjoy a few
Andrew called, "the hot dog party." The place was packed and there was
an impressive lineup of grills working overtime. It was Wisconsin
From here we passed
Sauk Valley and past the mysterious Forevertron, which disappointedly
was closed. We followed I-90 then through the driftless hills and
weathered stone buttes, stopping at
Mill Bluff SP.
Crossing the Mississippi at
Dakota, we headed north along the river enjoying sandwiches at
Park in Lake City. The park sits on top
of a bluff overlooking a natural harbor alongside the Mississippi.
Crowds swarmed the beach and swam in the brown water. We couldn't resist
and followed them.
Soon enough we came to the
Mall of America in Bloomington
and spent the half-stormy day indoors at the aquarium, Lego store, and
riding rides in the amusement park in the center of the massive mall. As
the sun began to set, we went to downtown Minneapolis to see the old
site of St. Anthony Falls under Lock&Dam #2. The area was striking as a
storm blew in quick and furiously. The river is narrow here and is
walled on either side by delapidated cereal and flour mills. They sit on
top of 19th century stonework which was the inspiration for the name of
Old Mill Ruins Park,
where we walked halfway across the river, sightseeing as we went.
The next morning we sped over to the Northwoods into
Chippewa Falls where the clear water of the Chippewa River is used to
brew Leinenkugel beers. We stayed for
a tour of the small, well-run brewery, since Andrew had become
factory-obsessed after yesterday's walk past the ruins of Minnesota's
industrial past. After the tour, we watched a parade go by and drank
flavored beer and ate pretzels. Life is always good in Wisconsin, it
On the way home we stopped at Wisconsin Dells and
jumped around at
Knuckleheads in Lake Delton before heading one last time to Bratfest
to enjoy brats, rides, and music. Unfortunately, the storms returned and
put us back on the road where we stopped twice: once to admire
huge garbage beasts and once to check on the old family homestead near