Outstanding In Their Field

Outstanding in their field Stng Head-WEB

If you like antiques, collectibles, long walks and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture among scenic valleys and farms, I recommend you visit House on the Rock in Wisconsin.

A dry spell had parched crops at home, so it was time for a little recreation to the north, the land of cheese curds, Culvers and the Green Bay Packers.

The southwest corner of Wisconsin is known as a driftless area. The glaciers thousands of years ago did not scour the hills flat and produce prairies and flat topography like our landscape in Will County. Traveling through Dane, Iowa, Lafayette and Green counties provided many wonderful views of farmsteads with bank barns and grazing cattle. You could easily see the Karst areas, where the soil profile was very thin over the rock exhibited by the severe stress in the corn crops that were growing in drought conditions.

It was easy to beat the heat and humidity with a trip into the Cave of the Mounds near the town of Blue Mound. This took us through Mt. Horeb to view the trolls and enjoy a late lunch. Thanks to our phones’ navigation and a desire to go nowhere fast, we took some amazing roads through beautiful valleys in rural Wisconsin to our overnight stay at the House on the Rock Lodge near Spring Green.

That night, we checked out many sites associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, visited the Wisconsin River and ate ice cream at a Wisconsin original, Culvers.

The destination in the morning was the creation of Alex Jordan, House on The Rock. His house built on a 75’-foot-tall rock is best described as a combination of Frank Lloyd Wright, Fred Flintstone and genius. I marveled at the infinity room with its 2,500 windows and 150’ cantilever over the valley.

As tourists paid money for decades to tour his unique house, he used the income to build several large buildings and filled them with some very interesting attractions, such as antiques and collectibles, as well as one-of-a-kind creations.

The giant carousel does not even have a horse. A second carousel was only for dolls. A circus room had too many displays to count. Many displays featured music that played when you inserted a coin. There were countless model ships and even collections of guns for those who support our 2nd Amendment.

With displays of creepy Gnomes, Medieval, Chinese, Japanese, British royalty, art and history, my curious mind was overloaded with knowledge.

I highly recommend you visit. Perhaps allow an extra day or two. Also use a map and a wingman since cell signals can be spotty. With all the bends in the roads, it is not safe for the driver to view the beautiful scenery, so it advised to take turns at sightseeing.

Surprisingly, the trip home from House on the Rock in the middle of Iowa County goes right through New Glarus, Wisconsin. While Wisconsin is known by all for their prolific cheese factories, many beer drinkers know you cannot go to Wisconsin and not buy Spotted Cow beer produced by the New Glarus Brewing Company.

The tour of their brewery, with massive buildings built to resemble huge barns on top of hill of rock was the cherry on top of relaxing 2-day trip to the Badger State.

 

 

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