Wow We Produce A Lot Of Corn

Trip Start Sep 19, 2011
Trip End Oct 30, 2011

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Today's drive was from just outside of Akron, OH to Wisconsin Dells, WI.  Before heading out on the Ohio Turnpike, I stopped briefly at Cuyahoga National Park.  The weather was perfect for the one mile hike, cloudy, mid 60s, and a bit misty.  This park is one of the newest national parks and offers many types of activities.  I would have loved to explore more of it, but the drive ahead made for a short visit. Brandywine Falls is one of the most popular attractions in the park and is easily accessible by a wooden boardwalk.  The boardwalk trail has an upper and lower viewing area of the 60 ft waterfall.  Due to rain last night the falls were very full.

By 8:45am I was back on the road heading west.  Once you leave the suburbs of Cleveland and Akron there is nothing but farmland.  For over 200 miles it was nothing but corn fields.  When I got to South Bend, OH the sun finally came out and lit the drying corn fields to a deep yellow.  It was quite pretty.  After passing through Chicago and its suburbs it was back to corn fields till I reached the Wisconsin Dells.  I was really hoping for more trees with fall foliage, but the trees I did see I would have say that maybe 10-15% of them are starting to show some color.  Mostly black sour gums and a few sugar maples. Two more weeks and the trees in the Dells will be spectacular. 

The Wisconsin Dells are known for two things, the scenic boat tours along the Wisconsin River and the numerous indoor and outdoor waterparks.  The Dells are home to the nation's largest outdoor and indoor waterparks, yet anyone who visits here will find a waterpark that suits them.  Since I was staying at the Best Western, it came with free tickets to the Chula Vista Indoor Waterpark.  As soon as I was checked in I was on my way to use my free passes.

Chula Vista Resort offers both an indoor and outdoor waterpark.  I checked out the Los Rios Indoor Waterpark and found it to be well themed.  I enjoyed floating in the lazy river, soaking in the hot tub and just walking though the water playground.  When I got back to the hotel, I Skyped some, found dinner at Denny's, and spent some time on my blog.

Tomorrow I am headed to the Black Hills of South Dakota. I will be traveling I-90 and will cover another 700 plus miles.  I hope to stop at the SPAM Museum in Austin, MN, the Jolly Green Giant Museum in Blue Earth, MN, and the Badlands National Park.  Weather for the drive should be in the 60s and lots of sun.
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Natalie on

We loved the badlands. Can't wait to hear about your adventure there.

Tim on

Very pretty! Would have loved the Cuyahoga National Park and the falls.

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