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6/30/11

Road Trip to Illinois








Roger and Ray at the Elks club


Playing stand up Lightning


Out on the boat




Ray is 89 years old and has spent a lot of his life entertaining. Him, and his late wife have one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever heard. He is very lost without her. Here he played us a concert for about 25 minutes. Very talented and great voice!





Mexican Coke in a glass bottle


Farmers Market...I bought some fantastic cheese and yummo olives.


Fox River





















Eastern Painted Turtle






Escorting the turtle home


The girls also found this soft shelled turtle.





They both loved driving the new golf cart...spend a lot of time riding on this!





Lesson in bulk mailing at the post office.


I LOVE the Gail Borden Library!


Their summer reading program is amazing! The whole library, which is gigantic, is decorated with castles and dragons.









They also had a great display of gargoyles by a local sculptor.


Cousin L. came for a visit.


Making Swedish Pancakes. Of course we also had salt pork and lingonberries!








Geese chasing
It is a long ride to Illinois.

Castle Rock is a great stop for a hike.

6/28/11

Circus World Museum Baraboo, Wisconsin

We stopped here on the way home from Chicago. This museum is owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society. In 1884 the Ringling Brothers began their first circus tour here, and it continued to be their wintering grounds until 1918. There are several buildings with exhibits, daily shows, and a large collection of circus wagons.





The Baraboo River

It was three bucks per person for a ride....we walked.




















The show in the Hippodrome






This guy's family has been in the circus for nine generations. The show with the Pekingese was started by his mother 70 years ago.


Live music for the show.

They were all spinning!












I think they liked it.


Hanging from her neck up in the top of the Hippodrome.


You could take a photo with the snake for ten bucks, or pet it for a dollar.











This wooden rail car has stalls for 30 horses.





You could see the names of the horses in each stall.



















A dress up area!


Tom Mix is an ancestor of ours!

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