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Madison, WI –Gardens-Gardens–Church–Garden

I’m having a great time in Madison.  Friday was the zoological garden

I guess they weren't interested in us.

I guess they weren’t interested in us.

and biking along the lake to Muir Woods and Picnic Point.


Saturday was a the very crowded downtown Madison Farmer’s MarketFarmer's Market, a solo bike along the lake and the Olbrich Botanical Gardens with butterflies in the conservatory.

Julia butterfly Madison Olbrich Garden Conservatory


Today we toured the Frank Lloyd Wright designed First Unitarian Church of Madison

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and Allen Centennial Gardens at the University of Wisconsin. AllanCentenial Gardens

ACG houseandgrassThe Madison finally was walking to campus and having a beer at the Memorial Union on Lake Mendota.


Wisconsin Capitol Building

Wisconsin Capitol Building


Drive to Madison

Reststop newton MI

Rest stop Newton, MI

It took me about 9 hours to get to Madison.  I did make three stops: one rest stop, one lunch stop and one gas/coffee stop.  I arrived in Madison about 5:30pm.  It was like a replay of last year: find parking, find Leigh, find dinner. We did visit the most high-end Target I’ve ever been to. lunch cedarvilleMI


It’s nice to be here and Madison is very fun and beautiful at least in the summer.


Sailboats on Lake Mendota

Sailboats on Lake Mendota




Kechum/Craters of the Moon


7-17-10 Sunday  We drove to Ketchum for lunch and did a bit of a walking tour.  It’s a upscale resort town if ever there was one.  I had a salad for lunch that featured an entire head of lettuce I think.  We found Hemingway’s grave but did not add a bottle of whiskey nor did we site Muriel but we didn’t really know where to look.  We arrived at Craters of the Moon about 2pm.  On first approach it looks like a terrible accident with asphalt.  We easily secured a campsite but it was too windy to safely put up the tent.  We took a long hike, TOO LONG for me.  I quit & walked back the campground about a half hour before D.  We did the auto tour at sunset and attended the ranger’s “Critter Talk” at 9:30pm.  We learned that foxes mate for life and sometimes hunt in pairs.  A wolf print is bigger that a St. Bernard but has no claws.  We were more tired than the little kids attending in pajamas.

Craters of the Moon Caves and All

7-18-10 Monday   We did three hikes in the park.  Using our 50 cent wildflower guide we are actually making some botanical progress.  It helps when your choices are limited.  At least we are always sure of Dwarf Buckwheat.  Dennis liked the cave hike best.  There are four caves and we entered the two easiest.  I like the hikes best when they allow you to walk over the fields of basalt.  I also really enjoyed running up the cinder cone yesterday at sunset.  I fade in this heat. 

We spent the night in a motel in Burley.  It felt fantastic to have a shower and wash our clothes.  We also located a steakhouse on the Snake River for dinner.

Last night Hell’s Canyon. (again)

Just to prove we are tough we hiked over 5 miles and back up Hell’s Canyon.  Some discussion about whether the name refers to the temperature.  We started with an overcast sky at 83 degrees about 1pm and returned about 5pm with the sky sunny and the thermometer indicating it was 102 degrees.  Dennis said he had the best beer he ever had in the tiny piece of shade we found.  I think it was 7:30pm before we could even think of cooking dinner or setting up our tent,  Due to the fantastic weather we had the walk-in campground to ourselves. 🙂   I jumped in the Snake River right after our hike, water is a little chilly, but I was comfortable the rest of the night.

We fled our comfy campsite by 9:30 am due to excessive head.

Anonymous historian

Anonymous historian

As I put the pictures together for my presentations it is great to remember all the wonderful things we saw and all my friends in the BUTE Modern Langage Department. 

Slide Shows 

Surviving and Surviving in Budapest
Battle of the Reading Rooms


Saturday 5-17-08  We took the early morning train to Vienna.  We arrived arrived 11am found our pension, only getting lost a few times.  I had to drag my suitcase over large cobblestones.  We began touring Vienna about 12:30pm. 

Our Pension in Vienna

Our Pension in Vienna

Walking tour around Der Ringstrasse looking for tourist information.  There were some frayed tempers as everyone was tired and we didn’t seem to have a clear plan for our tour.

Secession Museum and saw the Klimt Beethoven



 We walked to the Church  of St. Charles Borromeo (Karlsplatz) which was spectacular as we rode up a lift and walked up some shaky stairs to the top of the dome. 

We walked through the city park (Stadtpark) with its statues and  a pond and went to St Stephens church which seemed less impressive after the Charles.  We were able to sneak in just before they closed for mass.

About 7pm we settled in the for real schnitzel and gelato in a pedestrian area near St. Stephens. 

Sunday 5-18-2008 After a hardy breakfast at the pension we walked up Rathhausplatz to the townhall and past the Parliament. 

Next we walked to the  Kunsthistoriches Museum where we saw a staggering number of paintings the most memorable of which were the Velazquez and the Bruegels.  After lunch at the museum we went to the Belvedere Palace and more paintings.  The palace and its grounds were more the attraction here.  The Schiele and Klimt’s were highlights here along with some gothic religious sculptures. 

For dinner we took the tram to Spittleburg quarter.  The transportation system in Vienna is really great.

Monday 5-19-2008 Arrived as early as possible for  a tour of the Hofburg castle.  The unexpected highlight for me was the table service collection.  The audiotour was excellent and the table services were spectacular.  Every new prince or princess seemed to need a new one commissioned that was more spectacular than the previous.  The Sisi portion was interesting about a reclusive Hapsburg queen but a bit much.  Next we toured the royal apartments seemed rather pedestrian compared to Verasailles or other more richly decorated rooms even compared to the Belevedere.  After lunch nearby, pizza and a tomatoless minestrone soup, we went and saw the jewels, robes and crowns in the Vienna Treasury where we learned more about the history of the different Habsburg kings and princes.  The audio tour was also interesting here.  Afterwards we had a nice walk along the Ringstrasse including the Danube and dinner near our Pension at a café, fried calamari and potato salad. It was raining on and off mostly ON all day so it was a bit cold and depressing.  We didn’t get to the Freud apartment but again the cold clammy weather left tempers frayed and we were in need of family therapy.  I think sugar delivered in the Viennese tradition via a slice of sacher torte after dinner improved everything.

Tuesday 5-20-2008  We then went to the Butterfly house and saw some tropical butterflies and to the Leopold museum where we focused again on Klimt and Schiele.  We had lunch at the museum and rushed to catch the 2pm train and returned to Budapest and a dinner at home. 

Butterfly house

Butterfly house

Pictures of Vienna