We went on our little mini vacation. When we got back, I got sick....thus, my absence here.
We went to Dubuque, Iowa, a place within 4 hours of driving and somewhere we have not been before!
We left on a Thursday and stopped at Jim's sister's house. They live in southern Wisconsin, so it was on the way...kind of. My plan was to take them for lunch, but she made lunch for all of us. We had a very nice visit! I am sure it was good for them to visit with some adults, as they have been taking care of their grandkids every weekend while their son recovers from a stroke. He is only 39 and works for the sheriff's department....the epitome of health! He was fortunate to have been working at the time, so his coworkers recognized what was happening, could start emergency services and rush him to the hospital! He is recovering well, but it will be a while before he is back on duty. Now he is a spokesman for Stroke Awareness...that it can happen to anyone! We are so proud of him!
I got side tracked. Our journey continued to Dubuque. It was awesome to see the change in landscape as we neared the Mississippi River! As we crossed and entered Dubuque, the bluffs are "in" and part of the city! Such magnificent views! Oh, and so much history and beautiful old buildings!
We went to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. We weren't that impressed with the aquarium, but the museum was interesting, although the squid was quite lively!. The most interesting thing I read was about a riverboat that exploded while carrying soldiers from the Civil War. They had survived the war, the POW camps, and because of the company wanting to make more money, the ship's boiler was patched instead of being replaced, and the ship exploded killing more than a hundred soldiers and
We saw a 3-D movie about Robots and how they are helpful with so many things that humans cannot do, like in entering the power plant in Japan to shut it down after the tsunami.
We went to the Hamm mansion built by a man who amassed his fortune in lead mining. He also was a farmer and land developer. He outlived two wives. He lost his fortune in a recession or crash around the late 1800's. His house was left to his youngest daughter, used as a cancer ward, and finally left to the city.
We also saw all about how the miners lived, brought the lead up, etc. It was hot. There were a lot of hills. We were tired, and hungry and it was a long day! Poor Dan was really exhausted. He has CP, and that much walking is hard enough, but then up and down hills?
On Saturday we headed home. I had to get a picture of the clock tower!
We stopped in New Glarus, where Jim bought some beer...only to find he could get it at Festival grocery store here cheaper!
Most interesting meal: Our son, Dan had a hamburger with peanut butter, jelly and pepperjack cheese! It was good....really!