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Jun 3, 2014 - Baraboo, WI - Off To The Circus World Museum

(Ron Writing) Due to inclement weather the past few days, we spent some time at home catching up on things and also found a nice laundromat and did our laundry. But today we had beautiful weather so we went off to seek a new adventure. Baraboo, WI is where the five Ringling brothers teamed up to start a little circus 130 years ago in 1884. They started with just a few farm wagons to take them from town to town in the area. But with a lot of hard work, excellent business practices, and good management they grew to become the Greatest Show on...

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May 31, 2014 - Baraboo, WI - Farmers Market in Madison, WI

(Elena Writing) Once again, we took the city bus to downtown Madison. It’s the most convenient mode-of-transportation since it’s hassle free. The well-known farmers market is held weekly at the State Capitol Square. It’s a unique one-of-a-kind market where hundreds of people walk slowly counter-clockwise on the sidewalk around Capitol Square. You don’t dare walk in the opposite direction. About 200 vendors from as far away as Milwaukee participate in this event to sell their locally grown produce, delicious baked goods, food made to order,...

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Aug 28, 2013 - The Cheese Factory

MOO...Got Cheese?!!! We started out to visit a local cheese factory. It was advised that we arrive early as the "cheese makers" do their work first thing in the morning. After being told that The Carr Valley Cheese Factory was just a short drive, we set the GPS and off we went! First of all...we need the locals to define a "short drive"! Second...trying to get our GPS to accept these rural addresses is a real challenge! The address is S3797 County G, LaValle, Wisconsin and our navigation system reacted as if we had entered a foreign...

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Aug 27, 2013 - Baraboo, Wisconsin

Our drive this day took us from the eastern border of South Dakota through Minnesota into Wisconsin. It was approximately 380 miles and took us about 7.5 hours...including fuel and lunch stops. We like to get these long drives out of the way and then lay over in one spot for about 4 days. We picked this area because of the multitude of choices for an RV Park. We are located near an area called Wisconsin Dells, which is a geological wonder of layers of granite rock forming tall caverns through which flows the Wisconsin River. We suspected...

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Aug 20, 2013 - House on the Rock and Circus World

Our next stop was in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Our plans here were to visit the House on the Rock and Circus World. We also wanted to visit Taliesen, the estate of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in spring Green, but we found that would cost more than our budget would allow, so we just visited the Visitor center and took a few photos from the road. The House of the Rock is both exceptional and very unusual. Built by the grand vision of Alex Jordan Jr., The House on the Rock has been open to visitors since 1959. It is a giant complex of...

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Jul 27, 2013 - Ringling Brothers Circus

In addition to the normal Circus Performance, today was the day the Circus held it's annual parade in downtown Baraboo. The parade gave us an opportunity to see many of the old circus wagons that are brought out once a year for this parade. The Wild Bill Hickock Wild West Show was also in town this weekend. Mostly a show for kids, as lots of the shooting performance was obviously faked. Not many photos as cold weather killed the camera battery before rain ended the performance about 5 minutes early.

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Jul 25, 2013 - International Crane Foundation

Probably the greatest success story in the efforts to save endangered species, and the start of all of them, has been focused on the Whooping Crane. Once down to 20 birds in the wild, there now about 600 of them, and a second flyway has been successfully established. The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin is the center of activity to save all endangered cranes, and the only place where all 25 crane species are present. We used free time before the Crane Foundation tour to visit the Train Museum in Baraboo. It's an...

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Oct 7, 2012 - Woodpecker, Cranes, Circus World & Vultures

Got down to 37 last night. And today it only got up to 50 with a light wind. It’s cold. Shortly after getting up this morning I saw a pileated woodpecker on the tree about 30 feet from our trailer. He was up the trunk of the tree only three feet. I grabbed the camera and got lots of pictures besides a movie. He was very busy trying to peck stuff out of a rotted spot on the trunk. Have wanted to get some good shots of one of them since I first saw one in a Williamsburg campground two ears ago. Success! Today was WONDERFUL. We started out...

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Oct 6, 2012 - Apple Valley, MN to Baraboo, WI

We stopped and got gas this am and the station had air for the tires. We filled up the Tahoe tires but the air would not go into the trailer tires. We were about to give up when I noticed the Discount/America Tire store across the street. All of our tires were purchased there and I knew they would fill them. We laughed that we had not noticed it to begin with but them we were looking for gasoline. Sure enough they filled them up. Then we drove over to Byerly’s market, that my brother had recommended, to get some wild rice and other...

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Jul 31, 2012 - A visit to the International Crane Foundation July 31, 2012

July 31. Another beautiful day and a great ride through the pastoral rolling hills and farmlands of Wisconsin. Our first exciting adventure for the day was a 3 hour stop at the International Crane Foundation. Here we took a very informative 2 hour guided tour and saw all 15 species of cranes from all over the world, including the endangered and rare Whooping crane. A most fascinating story is about the Whooping crane. The Foundation was trying to establish a new nesting area in the U.S. for the cranes. They were given 2 eggs from a Canadian...

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Sep 19, 2011 - Devil's Lake State Park

It was cloudy when we got up but the forecast was for good weather by noon so we drove to Devil's Lake State Park to take a hike. This lake is at the end of two terminal moraines and does not have any outlet or inlet to or from any streams or rivers. It is about 45 feet deep at its deepest. A terminal moraine is the ridge of rocks pushed ahead of an advancing glacier and when the glacier retreats, the ridge or moraine is left behind. We hiked the East Bluff Trail; about a 3.5 mile loop. The way up afforded spectacular views. The trail...

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Sep 18, 2011 - International Crane Foundation

Today, it is very cloudy and a little drizzly but, we decided to go to the International Crane Foundation for a tour anyway because as most of you probably know, taking photos on grey days is better for emphasizing the colors of the suvjects and you don’t have the harshness of the sun to contend with. The International Crane Foundation has on display all 13 species of cranes that exist in the world. They also have a breeding program that is dedicated to making sure the cranes do not become extinct. You have, no doubt, seen the surrogate...

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