On our way!
The very comfortable common room at the HI Hostel in Chicago.
A Van Gogh self-portrait at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte at the Art Institute of Chicago.
A detail of Marc Chagall's America Windows at the Art Institute of Chicago.
We enjoyed the variety of architecture.
The Art Deco fixtures in the Signature Room Lounge were pretty spectacular.
Closer detail on the light fixture.
The view from the lounge wasn't bad either.
One of a series of sculptures in Millennium Park.
Cloud Gate, aka the Bean in Millennium Park.
Pickle Family at the Bean.
We returned to the Art Institute; this is a detail of the former Chicago Stock Exchange trading room, which was preserved and rebuilt in the Art Institute.
Ceiling detail in the trading room.
The view from our hostel window. I guess we were far enough from the trains to not hear them at night.
A German U-505 submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry. We've read the book Shadow Divers, about a group of deep sea divers who discovered a previously unknown U-boat wreck off the coast of New Jersey. One of the men spent a lot of time exploring this submarine as they were trying to figure out what they had found, so we wanted to see it too.
Inside the U-505.
The Red Sox were in town playing the White Sox, so we had to take Matthew to the game.
As you can see, he was happy with the outcome.
We had really good seats for the price - upper deck, but right behind home plate.
Chicago at night.
We took an architecture river cruise. It was cold and cloudy, but still interesting.
Mr. Pickle's ancestral manse. No happy little tire swing out front, though.
The butterflies wouldn't land on us, but this one held still long enough to get a picture. Milwaukee Public Museum's butterfly room.
Milwaukee Art Museum. We didn't go in, just took pictures of the outside.
Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
Lots of badgers in the state capitol. I had a Redwall flashback.
Pendarvis, a restored Cornish mining town at Mineral Point.
I'm sure this is another former miner's house. It's across the street from Pendarvis. We loved the landscaping and how pretty it is.
Frank Lloyd Wrignt's hillside studio and theater at Taliesin, near Spring Green. He originally designed this for the school his aunts ran. Now it's an architecture school.
Outside the theater.
At The House on the Rock. One of many, many, many ships Alex Jordan collected.
The Infinity Room, which is cantilevered out over the forest, was pretty cool.
There are a lot of over-the-top displays at House on the Rock, but this one may have been the over-the-toppest.
The Infinity Room from below.
One of many, many, many automatic musical displays at House on the Rock.
We hiked a bit of Perrot State Park near Trempealeau. It rained most of the day, so we didn't get to do all we would have liked to along the Great River Road.
Given my screen name, we had to stop here.
I've been a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan since I was a girl, so we had to stop at the former site of her Little House in the Big Woods outside Pepin.
And there it is - well, a recreation, anyway.
We drove across the Mississippi at Winona so we could say we had been in Minnesota.
The Wisconsin Dells. It is difficult to find places to hike close to town!
The Wisconsin River in the Dells.
This was along the lone hiking trail we found in the Dells. I'm sure there are more, but they weren't on our map.
Yes, this is a hotel in the Dells.
This is some sort of attraction. You can't see the overturned limos and the dinosaurs in this picture....