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Discover Delightful Spots in Wisconsin through My Visitor Guide

There are plenty of appealing places and things to see in Wisconsin. My section presenting photography of the Countryside can get your mind set on enjoying the ride. The section on the Great Outdoors tips you off to stunning parks in the state I have visited. This section will acquaint you with other delightful spots to visit that I simply felt compelled to show you.

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.”

Herman Melville

Mural walks

 Almost every town and city in the state has murals on the sides of buildings. I like them. They add color, often to otherwise drab locations. There are  two cities where murals are worthy of particular attention. 

Picturesque Harbors

I have a soft spot in my heart for quaint, pleasing harbors. I once owned a cabin cruiser, berthed in Annapolis, Maryland. I fear Annapolis spoiled me. I was also raised in the Northeast. My trips to New England revealed many charming harbors. That said, I will say I have found harbors in Wisconsin just as picturesque, some perhaps even more so. I will show you some I have visited and fallen in love with.   I plan to see as many more as I can.

Churches of our Landscape

When I drive through Wisconsin, my eyes are always alert, for what I often do not know. In browsing through my photos of the state, I discovered that my eye is frequently attracted to churches, especially those at a distance, those that seem part of the landscape. I have briefly explored why that might be. I am startled by how much is written about this subject. Richard Morris, an Englishman and an Oxford graduate in archeology has written a book, Churches in the Landscape. His objective with this book was to discover why churches are where they are. I present some photos of churches that are part of the landscape that I have noted.  Click on the photo below to see others.

Majesty in the valley

Baraboo - The Circus

Baraboo in Sauk County is often called “Circus City” because Ringling Brothers saw the city as its home from about 1884 - 1918. The Circus World Museum features many historical remnants of the Ringing Circus and also holds live shows.  Baraboo is one of the cities in the country where many varied commercial entities surround the courthouse in the center. One of those is the Ringling Theater, “America’s Prettiest Playhouse.” It opened its doors in 1915, has been restored, and now hosts plays, cinemas, and orchestras. There is a lot to do in the city and in the rural areas around it.

Granite Peak - Fun in the Snow

Rib Mountain in Wausau stands over the southwestern part of the city. Rib Mountain State Park and the Granite Peak Ski Area are there. Rib Mountain is not a mountain. It is a ridge. It is a four-mile-long chunk of very old quartzite, one of the hardest rocks known to humankind.  The land around it has worn down faster than this quartzite ridge. That’s why Rib Mountain stands out so much. The skiing area is known as Granite Peak, an understandable name. It advertises as the oldest ski resort in Wisconsin, “kicking around since 1937.” Granite Peak’s longest run is almost a mile. It has over 60 runs, “the state’s only high-speed six pack with two additional high-speed quad chairlifts, 7 in total!” It also is open for night skiing.

Dells Mill Museum

I have read that Dells Mill in Augusta is “the most photographed site in Wisconsin. I believe that. Dells Mill is a water-powered flour and feed mill built in 1864, the first flour mill in the Chippewa Valley, which still stands to this day. It is three and one-half stories high, called by many five levels. It originally ground wheat which at the time was the agricultural mainstay of the state. It is but of hand hewn timbers with wooden pegs joining the timbers together. It operated continuously from 1864 through 1968. The mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Covered Bridges

I have learned it is arguable how many covered bridges there are in Wisconsin.  Wikipedia says “there are five authentic covered bridges in … Wisconsin; only one of them is historic.  A covered bridge is considered authentic not due to its age, but by its construction. An authentic bridge is constructed using trusses rather than other methods such as stringers, a popular choice for non-authentic covered bridges.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; reported in 2018 that there were “8 picture-perfect covered bridges to visit around Wisconsin.” I’ll keep looking, but I have come across three, one of which all hands seem to agree is the only historic one: Cedarburg.

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