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Frank Lloyd Wright Road Trip – Day 2

Day 2 has us leaving Minneapolis and the Interstates to slow down a bit drive a part of the Wisconsin Great River Road.  on our way to our 1st tour at the A.D. German Warehouse in Richland Centre, WI. 

As we arrive in Prescott, WI and the visitor centre for the Great River road I start to learn how to use the Osmo Mobile and take several pictures and video clips. Sadly, the Visitor Centre has switched to winter hours and won’t be open until 10am, and we decide not to hang around for an hour.

Lots of interesting sights, towns and we travel along side the Mississippi River including several locks like Lock & Dam #4 – Alma, WI.  More pictures and video with the Osmo Mobile and we move along. 

At Genoa we turn eastward onto Hwy 56 & then 14 and begin heading over to Richland Center. We arrive at about 4pm and even though this is not an official tour day I’ve made arrangements with   for a personal tour with Lon Arbergust. We attempt to call Lon but quickly discover there is no cell phone coverage where we are. Try to find a pay phone in this day and age, not so easy. We end up at the municipal offices and ask to use the phone. When we explain why they say, “No problem, I’ve got his phone number right here, let me call him for you.” Wow, nice service.  We find out later that Lon works for the municipality in the tourism area, an he just went home. He lives 2 blocks from the warehouse and we hook up about 10 minutes later.

 A.D. German Warehouse

Lon gives us a close to 2 hour personal tour with lots of interesting details about FLW, A.D. German and the history of the building including a well produced video presentation.

Day 2 photographs.

After the tour we head over to Spring Green, WI and locate the hotel and grab some dinner in preparation for tomorrow’s tour of Taliesin

Stoicism and Anger


Some how I got interested in stoicism, perhaps just a little bit as its not making too much sense just yet. Anyway, I’m subscribed to the Daily Stoic emails and today’s email and my corresponding discovery is that when your angry, perhaps it’s best not to read this s***. 

This is something we have to remember when we get overwhelmed or puffed up. That none of this is new. All of this is running according to a tired script as old as time. Don’t let it go to your head. Don’t let it get to you. You’re just an actor playing a role. And soon enough they’ll be producing a remake of it and you won’t even be around to be in it.

This really didn’t inspire me at all.  A little depressing actually. 

Winter biking

I’ve been year round cycle commuting for 5 years now and of course the winter season is the most challenging. Studded snow tires certainly help, but this year I rode a fat bike for a few days, What a game changer. Seriously considering adding a new bike to the stable.

Specialized Fatboy
My rental ride for a few days. I’m hooked.

Christmas 2016

We had a great day with the family starting with Brunch and culminating with the traditional turkey dinner. Lots of action with Parker & Easton (4) and Clark & Dane (2), they really bring something special to the day.


Took a Mother’s Day road trip to Narcisse to see the snakes, us and hundreds of other folks!  The parking lot was jammed and people were parking on both elides of the highway for at least 1/4km in each direction from the enterance. 

It was a pleasant walk around the area between the various snake dens. Lots of kids seeing how many snakes they could catch at one time. This guy was one of my favourite shots.

I thing next year we’ll plan to take the Grandkids. I’m sure they would have a blast running around and playing with the snakes!

A few more photos over on Flickr