Into Bear Valley

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End May 29, 2010

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 12 & 13

On our feet all day yesterday and probably walked ten miles, so no energy to sit in front of the computer. We did drag ourselves over to a Margarita party with Texas friends Rick and Renee Jacquier. Renee has an amazing Margaritaville machine that makes great drinks that mellow you out quickly, especially since she's using Ray’s Thunderbolt Margarita recipe. I’ll attach a photo of Rick and Renee with their terrific machine.

Forgot to mention the $200 bag of chocolate chip cookies we bought this week. Possibly as a result of the wet, freezing conditions in Minnesota, we wound up with a jagged crack in the windshield of the Odyssey. We called the insurance company on Monday and the windshield was replaced that morning, for which we paid the $200 deductible. The installers were friendly and efficient and, to help ease the pain of taking our money, gave us a complimentary bag of Famous Amos cookies. For $200, I was hoping for cold milk, at least.

Today we drove to scenic Bear Valley in Wisconsin, north of Spring Green and not far from Sauk City. We will spend the next three days here with our old friends the Martens. We plan to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home and school, Taliesin, and the famous? House on the Rock. Best of all, we’ll get to spend time with old friends in a bucolic country setting. We’re in an old farmhouse with wooden floors and a steep staircase to the bedrooms on the second floor. But it also has internet and satellite TV, so we’re set.

On our way to Bear Valley on country roads, we passed a tiny chapel called the "Expellees Shrine" near the town of Plain, Wisc. The shrine remembers Bavarians who lived in the German Sudetenland east of the Oder and Neisse Rivers (the Oder-Neisse Line) who were expelled when the territory became part of Czechoslovakia after World War II. The names and ages of the “expellees” from two Sudetenland villages are listed on the wall of the shrine, noting that many of the residents of the Plain area are of Bavarian descent.

May 14: I added a couple of photos of Carolyn judging May 12 in her "battle gear."
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croxandlilt on

You guys are doing an excellent job with your first blog. Very impressed! Want to let you know in case you are not picking up emails, I am now in Seoul for two weeks. Working with our team here on a project.

Suzie on

Not only are you seeing alot of this country but you are also seeing alot of old friends. I think that is great. Lucky you. Yes I agree. Chocolate chip cookies and no milk? Come on.

Ben on

I thought the Martens were in Florida?

Alan Freitag on

It would be a shame to be that close and miss a side trip to the Circus World Museum in Baraboo. You look quite "bundled up" in the photos. For perspective, it's been around 90 here in Charlotte.

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