Day 2 Travelling

Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
Trip End Jul 29, 2010

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J.R. Watkins Company Museum and Store

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

We began the day near LaCrosse, Wisconsin, enjoying breakfast at Nutbush City Limits, a local hang-out and bar with gambling games along the walls, high tables with bar stools, and delicious breakfast food. I had the stuffed french toast which sounded a little weird and different: "green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and lots of cream cheese, sandwiched between two layers of hash browns with cheddar cheese on top," but which was actually quite good. Mom had the Nutbush Sourdough Melt which was basically a really good breakfast sandwich on sourdough toast. We split one of their popular "beer-battered hot cake" -- also very yummy.

After filling up on brunch and coffee, we were ready to set off toward Pepin. Or so we thought, first we needed to stop at a Target to pick up a few things. We got fold-out chairs so that we would have something to sit on while we watch the Little House Pageant in Walnut Grove tomorrow night and water bottle cozies to keep our (very cute) bottles from falling out of the not-so-spring-loaded drink holder in the dash. They cozies didn't really work to keep the bottles in the holder but they did work to keep them from sweating so much condensation all over the car.

After Target we were ready to head to Pepin... but first, Mom noticed a sign for the J.R. Watkins Company Museum and Factory, so we stopped there too. According to their website, "Watkins has been America's pioneer in natural living since 1868," so it seemed appropriate to include this stop on our pioneer experience. The administration building was surprisingly beautiful with a Tiffany Window, dome ceiling, and a pristine replica of a J.R. Watkins delivery wagon for the late 1800s. The museum was very cute with lots of Watkins' memorabilia, including ads and household calendars from the past century, original apothecary materials, a 1940's stove and Hoosier cabinet, and a model railroad and town depicting Winona. It was certainly and unexpected but enjoyable stop.

Ok, we were then, finally, ready to head to Pepin!
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Vern Crawford on

The breakfast sounded wonderful. Side trips and distractions like the Watkins Product Museum are what make for my kind of great road-trip!


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