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will send them out again to wait. As they are being milked, the milk is checked, & if not up to standard, due to sickness or whatever, it goes into a separate bucket. It was amazing & most interesting. So much has changed since we use to help Barry & Pauline at their Camperdown dairy!!!, Next was Spring Green in Wisconsin, where we visited HOUSE ON A ROCK. It is difficult to describe this place to do it justice. It is a house built by a totally eccentric Alex Jordan, and it opened in 1959, he built it on a rock, then added a series of rooms and sheds & collected and built the most amazing & bizarre things
easily & made our way to the entrance gates. WELL, this is where Michaels mind goes into overdrive as NO WAY did he want to go to the end of the queue, about a mile down the road & round the corner. We mingled with some people near the entrance for a while, then worked out they were all the volunteers gathering together ready to control the crowds, etc. There were team leaders & everyone had a particular job assigned them. By this stage we couldn't see the end of the line, but going by the amount of people streaming past, we knew it was getting longer by the minute! We had our tickets, which did not guarantee a seat, and they were expecting over 30,000 people to listen to the speech. So now what do we do?......one of the groups of volunteers started moving into the stadium,
their names being marked off a list, collecting their badge to wear. SO, we get on to that line.... We reach the lady with the clipboard who asked for our names......to which they replied, 'Sir you are not on our list, Who is your team leader'? Mike replied ......'Julia Gillard' They looked at him rather blankly saying 'Who'?.....'Sorry sir, I don't know her'....He acted rather shocked saying 'You DON'T know Julia Gillard, I can't believe that'!!!! (for those that don't know, she is Australia’s Prime Minister). So we were not allowed in as a volunteer, but that didn’t stop Michael......
people selling Obama badges near the front of the line, Using tactics like Mr Bean, he sidled in & nestled amongst the crowd, bought a $3 Obama badge, chatted to the sellers & just somehow we stayed there at the front of the queue. Ha! About an hour later, the gates were opened, we were frisked as we went through security, & bags were checked. We got an amazingly good seat about 10 meters from the front, under cover and had a good view of the platform. We took lots of photos & film.The security was amazing....helicopters, policeboats on the lake, a major bridge in front of the
stadium was closed to traffic, manned by police, security guards everywhere with earpieces, police among the crowd, media, cameras, and more people than they were expecting, at least 30,000+ loud cheering, clapping, chanting, flag waving Americans, a lot of African Americans & 2 Aussie boogles in among them, just there for the experience. Even before Obama arrived, people were cheering & chanting. Then finally a hush descended
on the whole stadium, and a gentleman stood out the front & commenced the proceedings with prayer!! Amazing!! We listened to some speeches by the Mayor, the Governor, a Senator & finally The President made his grand entrance & at once the crowd stood up & went wild! People hung on to every word he said, clapping & cheering enthusiastically as he made
promises of a bigger & better America in the future under his guidance
a roof, the rain came in the sides. We decided to leave 5 minutes before it ended to get out before the crowds, and couldn't believe the amount of people out in the rain, watching it on the big screen, there were more outside than in the actual stadium. A great experience. Next it was on to INDIANA DUNE STATE PARK - 1 & half hours out of Chicago, Illinois by
train. It was a very nice RV park, the train station 4 minutes away. The next 2 days we travelled into Chicago on the train and visited the best museum we have ever been to...... the Science & Industry Museum. It was even better than Smithsonian in Washington. It was very 'hands on' & just SO good, and for me to say that is amazing, as I am not usually a museum person.We went to the Sky Deck of the Willis Tower, it used to be called the Sears Tower & went up to the 103rd floor. A lovely clear day, so the views were fantastic & standing out on the glass floor looking down at the street was quite scary!! At any one time, we could see at least 7 planes coming from one direction to land at the very busy Chicago airport, we stayed up here to see the sunset. The next day we went to Navy Pier & on the Architectural Speed Boat tour of Chicago city. We went through a lock & along the river as the knowledgeable tour leader, who had a good sense of humour, recounted the history of some of the buildings, & how Chicago was burnt to the ground in the late 1800's, & how it had all been rebuilt to the city it is today
finally found our way to the park, and wow, dodgyville is all I can say!! It would be the dodgiest park we have stayed in. The office was a cigarette pit with a rough looking woman at the desk. She told us where to park, and 4 fellas directed Mike as he reversed into the smallest site, breaking a bit of concrete trying to do this. After 3/4 hour, we were in, then the owner decided we could move to another spot, so up with the jacks, and to a better site. One chap with hair to his waist, spoke to me & was excited to know we were Aussies. We wondered if we would get out alive! Up early next morning, it was so quiet in Dodgyville, everyone except us are sleeping in! We start up the bus & the car & reverse which starts the beeping noise. Off to the aviation museum, which was actually very good. Went on a tour of the ex presidents Air-force 1 planes, which is in a working military base & as they wouldn't accept a foreigners drivers license, we had to get passports. Back to the museum and spent the day looking at everything to do with planes, jets, aviation, war, bombs, space etc etc. Very interesting.We then hooked on the car & drove to Saint Clairsville, where we stayed the night in the Walmart carpark. Anyway, I think that's enough from me, Bye for now, thanks for reading the blog, and we LOVE
reading your comments ...keep safe and well, God bless....Miss you all. Next blog: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia & Blue Ridge Parkway. Only 1 more blog before the family arrive!!!