House on the Rock
Trip Start May 01, 2010
29Trip End May 29, 2010
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Well, House on the Rock is amazing. It's also awe-inspiring, scenic . . . and creepy. Imagine a guy with significant resources who collected almost everything and built a huge series of structures to display it all. The house itself is unique, especially the Infinity Room, which seems to stretch 200 feet over the valley below it without apparent means of support. Our guide at Taliesin yesterday told us that HoR creator Alex Jordan was turned down by Frank Lloyd Wright when he applied to enter his school of architecture at Taliesin. Wright allegedly told Jordan he should concentrate on what he did best: partying. Jordan allegedly resolved to build a house that would outshine Taliesin. HoR is remarkable, but no architectural masterpiece.
The house is like a cave of many rooms
There are hundreds of exhibits about ships, from Roman galleys to Russian submarines, all strung together without apparent order. In a room the size of a barn is a tableau with a full-sized whale battling a giant octopus, both frozen for eternity and constructed of fiberglass or plastic. Just below, two tokens will earn you a concert by a seafood band of the Beatles’ “Octopus’s
It is all overwhelming, and after a couple of hours inside, we were grateful to emerge into daylight and head back to Spring Green. Enroute, we stopped at a scenic overlook and captured a photo of the Infinity Room thrust out over the valley.
In Spring Green we joined Ray’s brother Pete and his friends Scott and Sabina from nearby Madison.Pete actually lives in Eatonton, Ga., but was visiting Scott and Sabina and doing some bathroom refurbishment. The Spring Green General Store (recommended by AAA) offers fresh quiches and soups and sandwiches.
We’re spending the rest of the day packing and doing laundry in preparation for our launch tomorrow for our long leg to Sioux Falls, S.D. Then on to Rapid City on Monday.