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Visiting the circus [Circus World, Part I]

Before video games, before the Internet, before TV and radio, and even before Hollywood, there was the circus. Initially circuses had a reputation for fraud and crime.  But five of the surviving six sons of Wisconsin immigrant Augustus Ringling, were … Continue reading

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Whooping it up in Wisconsin

A brochure in our motel in Baraboo, Wisconsin for the International Crane Foundation caught our attention.  It calls itself “the only place on Earth where you can see all 15 of the world’s crane species.” Stopping in on our way … Continue reading

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A ride back in time at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Scenery in the Wisconsin Dells did for the town what Dolly Parton did for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Both towns grew up kitschy, tacky, wonderful for kids and fun.  The Dells, however, are just beautiful and worth a visit by anyone.  … Continue reading

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The creek rises: North Freedom, Wisconsin.

An American phrase dating to the 18th century says “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” meaning the person will do something unless extreme circumstances prevent it.  Growing up, I thought “Creek don’t rise” meant flooding, but later learned it … Continue reading

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Big things for Casey, Illinois

Signs in Casey proclaim “Big Things In A Small Town.”  Pronounced “kay zee,” it is another place like Helen, Georgia and Columbus, Indiana, where people acted to transform their hometown. A farming community, Casey struck oil in the early 1900s … Continue reading

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2018

Fellow Red Cross volunteer Dave Bobel became a hot air balloon pilot in 1973 when there were only four other licensed pilots in Indiana.  This was Dave’s 39th year flying at the Balloon Fiesta [started 47 years ago] in Albuquerque, … Continue reading

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Columbus, Indiana: a small town transformed.

Our blog page Sights Listed by State needs updated when we get home to add new information and correct some errors.  But we found it useful on our fall 2018 trip.  It took us to Yellow Springs, Ohio which I … Continue reading

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