Saturday, June 22, 2024

Let's Go Places: Spring Green, Wisconsin

It's now Friday and exactly one week into MegaVacay 2024.  Our travels are now taking us about an hour west of Madison to the small town of Spring Green.  How small?  Population 1,500.

What's in Spring Green you ask?  If you said Frank Lloyd Wright, then give yourself a gold star.  His ancestors emigrated to the area in the 1800s, and ended up owning a bunch of land here.  In 1911, FLW moved here and built his dream house on a hill, which is called Taliesin (Welsh for "shining brow" as in "the shining brow of the hill that the house is built on").  Spring Green is the ultimate FLW destination.  But wait, there's much more.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Let's Go Places (And Meet People!): Madison, Wisconsin


Picking it up from last time...we're on MegaVacay 2024 and it is now Wednesday afternoon.  We're zeroing in on our final home base of the trip.  But it's only Wednesday and we're not going home until Monday, so we've got quite a bit of stuff left to see - and people to meet!

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Let's Go Places (and Meet People!): St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota


Let's pick up the story of MegaVacay 2024 where we left it last time.  We were headed somewhere four hours away from Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Specifically we're going across state lines to the twin cities of St. Paul & Minneapolis, Minnesota.  But why?

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Let's Go Places: Two Rivers WI


Friends, it's time to continue with the story of Mega Vacation 2024.  We've just spent a few days in Rockford IL and now it's time to go three hours north to the town of Two Rivers WI.

One of the hardest puzzle pieces to fit into place was the Still Bend Schwartz House in Two Rivers, WI.  Two Rivers is about 90 minutes north of Milwaukee, and it is only open three days a week for tours, so I couldn't fit it into my Milwaukee trip last month.  The only reason that I was able to go on this trip is because I had an entire day to devote to getting there and moving on to my next stop.

I had driven too far not to go there, but also I didn't want to go to Two Rivers just to see one Frank Lloyd Wright house.  I hoped that I would find something else to do there as well, but there were so many moving parts to this trip that I had planning fatigue and didn't do any research before I got there.  Spoiler: in this case failing to plan did not mean planning to fail.  I found that special extra thing to fit into the trip.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Let's Go Places: Rockford, Illinois


Friends, it's time to start dishing the deets on Mega Vacation 2024.  If you're new here, the rest of my family spends all of their spare time at Boy Scouts, so I have a lot of solo time on my hands.  When they go camping, I go "glamping" - aka I take solo trips.

In the summer they go on an extended camp, so for the second year in a row, I've gone on an extended vacation.  Last year I did an island bender, and this year I'm doing a Frank Lloyd Wright Binge/Cool Blogger Meetup in northern Illinois and Wisconsin, with a bonus stop in Minneapolis.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Weekly Round Up: Vacation Mode


A weekly round up: eats, workouts, watches, and reads or at least as many of the above as I can coherently tell you.  The big news is that Mega Vacay 2024 is underway!  On Friday morning I kissed Hubs and Doggo goodbye, loaded everything and anything that I could possibly need for the next week into my car, and hit the road.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Weekly Round Up: The Graduate

A weekly round up: eats, workouts, watches, reads, plus the usual puppy brags.  In this week's edition we had a family party, I'm reading the latest It Book, and everybody in my house now has a diploma.