Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wisconsin Adventure April 2017

 Wisconsin Adventure April 2017

 We hopped on a plane and made our way to Wisconsin in the spring of 2017. We spent a week exploring the fine state and even made a side trip over into Minnesota. We had a fine time and saw all kinds of cool places.

“The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, serves the spiritual needs of all, especially those who suffer poverty in body and soul.” This place was well worth the trip! 

Bald Eagle and Nest near Bells Coulee, WI
 Wisconsin Maritime Museum

“The Wisconsin Maritime Museum engages and educates the public about the maritime history of Wisconsin in the Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin’s World War II submarines and USS Cobia, by collecting and preserving artifacts and archival materials; creating interactive exhibits; promoting research; and developing and implementing maritime history and marine natural resource environmental educational programs.”

 “Guided tours of the submarine are offered daily, weather permitting, throughout the year and are included with your museum admission. Tour times are approximate and subject to change.  Allow three to four hours to fully explore the Museum and tour USS Cobia.”

 “Located in Manitowoc, Wis. along the shores of Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a great place to explore and learn about the rich maritime history of the Great Lakes region. Tours of Cobia, a restored WWII submarine are offered daily.”

 “We are proud to participate in the National Blue Star Museums program which offers free admission to active military and their immediate families (spouse and minor children). This program runs annually Memorial Day through Labor Day.” What a cool museum this was and the Sub tour was fantastic. Definitely worth the drive we took to get there!

 Fisherman's Road – Lake Winnebago, WI

Home to the Fisherman’s Road Fishing Club and the Fisherman’s Road Lighthouse. A fine stop on our trip!

 National Eagle Center – Wabasha, MN

“Climb in an eagle’s nest or test your strength against an eagle’s, discover how eagles soar and view wild eagles on the river – visit today!”

“Experience the thrill of meeting our live bald and golden eagle ambassadors in daily programs and special events throughout the year.” Wow is one word to describe this cool place. All of the birds have been injured and are unable to return to the wild. They are well cared for. 


The Riverside Museum and Visitor's Bureau – La Crosse, WI
“The Riverside Museum is filled with history on logging, steamboats, pearl button making, settlers, prehistory artifacts from the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, and more! Self-guided tours are available during our open season, and guided tours are available year round by calling ahead and scheduling your trip.” Small museum, but well taken care of. Very interesting seeing the history of the La Crosse area;

Myrick Park Center – La Crosse, WI
“The Myrick Park Center is nestled into a beautifully unique location showcasing La Crosse’s blufflands, wetlands, woodlands, and native prairies.  The center is located in Myrick Park on 789 Myrick Park Drive, directly bordering the La Crosse River Marsh, stunning bluff views, and trail access to Hixon Forest.  This beautiful location makes it easy to forget it is centrally located within the city La Crosse, only 5 minutes from downtown.” The trail and surrounding area never disappoints. We saw muskrats, birds, geese, ducks, an eagle, and more!

 Wisconsin Veterans Museum - Madison, WI

“The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is dedicated to the citizen-soldiers of our state. Employing ongoing and temporary exhibits, displays, and presentations, the museum's main galleries tell the story of Wisconsin men and women who served in America's conflicts from the Civil War to the present.”

Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial – Madison, WI
“The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial’s mission is to remember & honor Wisconsin law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.”

“The Memorial is located on the Capitol Square in Madison, WI
(Corner of Pinckney Street and Mifflin Street)” Very humbling and well done memorial.

Wisconsin State Capitol – Madison, WI
What a cool building and grounds here!

 Evans-Bosshard Park – Sparta, WI

“6 acres -The Park has exercise stations along the trail,  2 picnic shelters, picnic tables, grills, fixed benches, playground apparatus, band shell and a canoe launch site on the south side of the La Crosse River near East Avenue.  This park is home to “Concerts in the Park” every Wednesday night during the summer and the Holiday in the Park during the winter months.   Vehicle entrance to the Park is from East Avenue.” This was a fun park to explore. Love the walking trail, creek and covered bridges.

 American Legion Post 51 – West Salem, WI

“The West Salem Berg-Hemker-Olson Post 51 is located in West Salem, Wisconsin. Post 51 was created in 1918 and has been serving West Salem veterans, and their families ever since. The names Berg, Hemker, and Olson come from three West Salem natives who have been honored for their service, Private Alex J. Berg, Private First Class Adolph Hemker, and Corporal Thomas Olson.”

“The Post 51 Legion Family consists of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Junior Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion.”  We ended up eating here three times during our visit. Great food and even better people.

Veterans Memorial - Chilton, WI
“This site is operated for the sole purpose of honoring veterans from all branches of service who honorably served the nation during their lifetimes.”

“While the Memorial is now completed and fully funded there remains a need for continued support. Future donations will be placed in a maintenance fund which will insure, for years to come, that this fine facility will continue to be in the pristine condition it was at the time of dedication.”

“Veterans names will be added on an annual basis. The annual signup period to get your veteran included on the Memorial runs from November 1 through March 1.” This was one of the best military memorials I have visited! Very well designed and presented.

 Le Coulee Cheese Castle – West Salem, WI

“Stop by Le Coulee Cheese Castle for some of the best tasting cheese to be found in the state! Le Coulee Cheese, in business since 1981, is located in historic downtown West Salem, WI. We offer you over 50 varieties of Wisconsin cheese, from Colby to Mindoro Blue.”

“We take pride in having the freshest of Wisconsin cheese and sausage. Our gift boxes have always been of exceptional quality and value and make wonderful gifts.” They also have a great selection of ice cream and cheese curds! They were yummy and we visited more than once during our visit to say hello to Nick.

 “THE PICKWICK MILL was built from 1856 to 1858 by Thomas Grant and Wilson Davis and is one of the oldest flour mills found in southeast Minnesota. The mill was the first water powered gristmill constructed first as a sawmill, and later converted to a flour gristmill, on the banks of Big Trout Creek located in Pickwick, Minnesota. It is the first commercial flour mill west of the Mississippi river. The mill ran 24 hours a day during the Civil War and produced 100 barrels daily for the Union Army. After the war, the mill became a flour-milling center for most of southern Minnesota and portions of Iowa and Wisconsin.”

“The mill was built from locally quarried limestone, with a timber frame that was so closely fit, that nails were not used (outside of the floor). The six-story building was severely damaged in 1907 when a tornado took off the roof and top storage room. The mill was then retrofitted with a flat plank roof. The mill has been restored to a gable roof that is reminiscent of the original design.” It was not open, but this place is neat.

Neshonoc Swarthout Park – West Salem, WI
“Neshonoc Lake is a 606 acre lake located in La Crosse County. It has a maximum depth of 11 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings, a public beach. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Catfish. The lake's water clarity is low.” Fun local park that has a fun feel.

 Angelini’s Ristorante – Onalaska, WI

 Elsie at LSE
La Crosse Regional Airport

MSP Delta Terminal

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