The Trip to Chippewa Falls and Back!

Trip Start Jul 04, 2009
Trip End Jul 30, 2009

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 8 The Wisconsin stop

We got settled in and set up today in the morning.  All the birdies had some out time and tried to mess up where we'd cleaned.  We decided to go to Chippewa Falls to see if we could find the Gower School (Historic) as it is listed on google.  I knew there was a Gower School there because my grandfather grew up there and I have a letter form his mother to him mentioning the school and some arguments on the school board between members "KKK brothers though they be."  That alone was enough to intrigue me—why was the KKK in Eau Claire-Chippewa Falls, WI in 1927?  Who were they afraid of—the Swedes in the area?  Lots of blondes up here then and now!  Anyway, so off we went—we stopped on the way to sample some Wisconsin ice cream which is VERY good, by the way.  We also looked for some local cheese makers and didn’t find the first—they fell victim to bad signage—no clear explanation of how to get to them on their billboard.  The second, Yellowstone, had nice directions on theirs and we found them just fine.  We were there on one of the two days that they put out fresh, squeaky cheese curds. I’d been told to have cheese curds though not the squeaky part.  The cheese curds were very good and then we flummoxed the poor girl running the shop by asking her exactly WHAT a cheese curd was.  How was it made?  She had no idea—despite the fact that the shop is about 20 yards from the dairy!  I hope she’ s going to college and finding a new career path.  She was very nice but gave us no enlightenment as to what a cheese curd actually was besides fresh and squeaky

We also saw a couple of unfortunately named establishments—Chubby’s Gentlemen’s Club??  I mean, seriously, if you are on the lookout for strippers is that the image you want?  How about Granddaddy’s Gentlemen’s Club—ewwww.  Just not well thought out.  Wisconsin is a beautiful place—so many lovely dairy farms and small, pretty towns.

We got to Chippewa Falls and actually found the road that was poorly designated on the google map.  We had to drive to 115th st. and then turn and go to the corner of 115th St. and 17th Ave.  Sure enough we found it and there was a vacant lot!  Well, ok, there was an overgrown tennis court and a baseball field but nothing else.  We drove around the block and decided to stop and ask in Jim’s Body shop.  The very nice young lady there said that yes, indeed, that was the site of the old Gower School which had been made into a police station and then torn down over 10 years ago! So much for the internet! So, I took a picture of the vacant lot for posterity—I figure I’ll title it “How Wisconsin loves its History!”

We came back to the trailer and then went out to dinner at the Great Dane and met Dan’s whole family who are very nice—Dan looks a lot like his father—I’m sure there’ll be pictures.  Jennifer’s new in-laws-to-be are very nice. 

July 9

Today, we’ve sat around, cleaned up the trailer, washed some clothes and we are waiting for Melissa to get here from Chicago.  She’s had a saga-type trip from China but aren’t they all? They were for us!  Tonight I think it is the bachelor’s party and whatever they call the drunken celebration for the bride.  Whoo hoo!
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