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Manitowoc Lincoln Park Zoo


8-19-16

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We were in Manitowoc for the day for Al’s class reunion. It wasn’t until evening so we went to Lincoln Park Zoo for a few hours.

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Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted here.

Donation box at Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc

The walk through the zoo was fun, and the animals looked well cared for, many were taking a nap when we were there  🙂

Cougar at Lincoln Park Zoo

Asiatic Bear at Lincoln Park Zoo

Scattered throughout the grounds are footprints of many animals on concrete squares. Great idea!

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The zoo also has a fish hatchery dedicated to Dean H. Heili, a man dedicated to preserving Great Lakes sport fishing.  He also invented the diving plane for lures.

Fish Hatchery at Lincoln Park Zoo

In the structure is a monitor  linked to an underwater camera so you can see the fish.  It also gives water temp. Sorry, it is difficult to photograph.

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Fish Pond sign at Lincoln Park Zoo

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A beautiful gazebo too.

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There also is a platform overlooking a wetland, you might be lucky enough to see a crane or heron here!

Viewing Platform at Lincoln Park Zoo

Platform view at Lincoln Park Zoo

A look at some of the other animals here.

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We went into the Education and Animal Care building last.  In here are reptile exhibits and an aviary.

Animal Care building Lincoln Park Zoo

 

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Also a honeybee home. The Queen is painted white, I tried to find her but couldn’t.

Honeybees at Lincoln park Zoo

There is also an inner room for classes, etc. Also an exhibit of fish in Lake Michigan.

Fish display at Lincoln Park Zoo

We enjoyed our visit here, what took us so long? Enjoy the park too.

Cabbage White butterfly at Lincoln Park Zoo

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Bay


6-24-16

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum lighthouse

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has an important mission, to educate the public about the ships that sailed the Great Lakes over the centuries. Also to honor the sailors that have given their lives while serving aboard their ships when the weather turned deadly.

Our first connection to this museum occurred on February 24th when we went to the Mad City Model Railroad Show and Sale in Madison.  There was an Edmund Fitzgerald model there and the museum was mentioned also.

Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit at Train Show

We got there just before they opened so we looked around awhile. There is a historic marker for the lighthouse.  To see everything, allow yourself 3 hours.

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Coast Guard Lookout Tower sign

Coast Guard Lookout tower

You can even stay overnight here!

Overnight Accomodations at Whitefish Point

The museum opened and we took the optional lighthouse tour too. Our guide Kate was wonderful and was enthusiastic in her delivery.  the view was amazing at the top. You could also see the mouth of the St. Mary River from here if it is clear enough.

View from Lighthouse

View of beach at Whitefish Point

View of St. Mary River from Lighthouse

Visibility was real good that day, this is the view from Google Maps of what you are seeing here.

Map View from Lighthouse of St. Mary River

A fishing trawler was also visible.

Fishing Trawler

The light itself, impressive!

Lighthouse light at Whitefish Point

She even took a selfie with us afterwards, thanks!

Selfie with Katie Beth at Shipwreck Museum

The video also has some of the other exhibits we saw.

We did the lighthouse tour first, so now it was time to explore the other exhibits. The first building was the Coast Guard Surf Boat House.

Coast Guard Surf Boat Building at Whitefish Point

In here is a rescue surfboat on display, this model has enabled rescuers to save many lives.

Surfboat info

Coast Guard Surfboat

Inside surfboat

Next door in this building are Edmund Fitzgerald exhibits. The song “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” specifically mentions Whitefish Bay so it was still surreal that we were there.  There was a model of the ship made of Legos® (video) on display.

Lego Edmund Fitzgerald

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Edmund Fitzgerald plaque

In this building is also a wood cut-out to take a picture with.

Cut Out st Shipwreck Museum

And now for the last building with many more shipwreck exhibits, and artifacts from the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Main exhibit building at Shipwreck Museum

Panorama of inside main building at Shipwreck Museum

Edmund Fitzgerald large display, there was also a video playing showing all of the 29 crew members who died in the deadly November 10, 1975 storm.

Edmund Fitzgerald Display at Shipwreck Museum

The real ship bell.  You could not help but to feel sadness thinking of this brave crew and their sacrifice.

Edmund Fitzgerald Bell

There were many other ships represented too along the wall on the right side of the room.

Wall of shipwrecks at museum

Other displays..

Niagra Ship's Bell at Shipwreck Museum

Independence Shipwreck display

Lighthouse and ship display

After exploring the exhibits here we went down to the shore.  You accessed it on a boardwalk and stairs down. It was sandy with stones worn smooth by the water.

Boardwalk to Lake Superior shore

Lake Superior sand and stones

There were also dedications to the Edmund Fitzgerald shore side too, we could almost imagine the storm that sealed their fate.  This one listed the 29 crew members.

Dedication to Edmund Fitzgerald

On the shore were three more for three of the crew men, resembling gravestones.

Memorial to crew of Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior shoreline

The summer shoreline is quiet and peaceful, the piles of driftwood showed the results of when conditions get rough.

Lake Superior Shoreline at Shipwreck Museum

We took a solemn self-portrait here among the driftwood, remember all the sailors who passed on.  We are glad we came here during our one day in the U.P. of Michigan.

Selfie at Whitefish Bay

Shipwreck Museum front

 

Prairie du Sac – Village on the Sauk Prairie Waterway


3-5-16

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Sauk Prairie Riverway sign

After our fun morning at Wollersheim Winery, we crossed the Wisconsin River to have lunch and see more of Prairie du Sac and places to shop downtown.

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And of course, watch the eagles during the winter. We saw only one at Eagle Island, but it is now nesting season.

We began our visit with lunch at the Sauk Prairie Eagle Inn, our first time there.  The food was delicious and we would definitely go back!

Sauk Prairie Eagle Inn

Time to see where the locals shop!  Next door to the Eagle Inn is Sauk Prairie Power Equipment where they can repair motors for you.

Sauk Prairie Power Equipment

Across the street is Luck’s Antique Mall, where we got an early start on Christmas shopping.  Stop here to find a unique gift or antique for that special someone.  It used to be a Ford garage 100 years ago.

Luck's Antique Mall in Prairie du Sac

Luck's Antique Store Formerly Ford Garage

If you cross the street at the bridge and walk far enough, you will see a HUGE eagle mural on the back.  Artist Randy Koenecke did a great job showing off the village mascot, the American eagle. The mural was painted in 2014.

Eagle Mural in Prairie du Sac

Visit the Tripp Memorial Museum to learn more about the Sauk Prairie (Sauk City and Prairie du Sac) area.

Tripp Memorial Museum in Prairie du Sac

Buy or rent or watch the latest movies at the Bonham Theater and Video in the Bonham building. You can also get video games here.  The building might date back to the 1920’s. It has an interesting historic feature in the lower left corner above the blue door, a cornerstone that says “air-conditioned”.  Neat!

Bonham Theater in Prairie du Sac

Air Conditioned cornerstone

Be sure to take a peek on the eagle-watching platform overlooking the river.

Eagle lookout platform

Eagle lookout platform

The viewing scope is free to use, compliments of the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council and other sponsors.

Viewing Scope in Prairie du Sac

The Ruth Culver Community Library is another place to seek out Sauk Prairie history if the Tripp museum isn’t open.

Ruth Culver Community Library

Sauk Prairie Bait and Tackle will take care of your fishing needs for bait and tackle.

Sauk Prairie Bait and Tackle

Two shops are in the building to the right of the tackle shop. DMarie Knit and Fiber  has great knitted gifts yarn to make your own. Also needlepoint supplies.  Prairie Pet Styles next door to get your pet groomed.

dMarie Knit and Fiber and Prairie Pet Styles

What community doesn’t have a Masonic Lodge building?

IMasonic Temple in Prairie du Sac

Another bright mural downtown brightened up an otherwise drab day.

Butterfly mural in Prairie du Sac

River Arts on Water is the community’s art gallery. It also features live performances throughout the year.

River Arts on Water

Our last stop was down by the river at the Prairie du Sac VFW Post 7694. On display is a helicopter. There is also a campground at VFW Memorial Park with 25 sites available, open seasonally.

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Veteran's Memorial Park in Prairie du Sac

From here you could see a boat launch and the dam beyond on the Wisconsin River. It was loud today with the sound of rushing water. Saw several fishing boats too.

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For great shopping and eagles too, visit historic Prairie du Sac!

Downtown Prairie du Sac

Lake Mills Knickerbocker Ice Festival


2-6-16

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2016-Poster Knickerbocker Festival

This was the first time Al and I went to the Knickerbocker Ice Festival in Lake Mills.  We started the fun at Rock Lake by taking a look at Icehenge, a take-off of Stonehenge. We made the mistake of not stopping by right after they finished it in late January, the warm weather over the last 5 days took its toll. Read more about it here.

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The Fisheree was going on too, somebody was drilling a hole in the ice nearby to fish in. We found a cute fishing shack downtown promoting the Fisheree.

Ice Fisheree Shack

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After visiting Icehenge we went downtown to the square (actually a triangle) to see all the activity going on there.  We could hear the sound of multiple chainsaws as the ice sculptors were making their creations. Lets watch them!

We enjoyed a great lunch at Cafe On the Park, under new ownership as of 2015. They are open 6-2 daily. Al had a prime rib sandwich and I had a breaded chicken sandwich. Delicious!

Cafe on the Park in Lake Mills

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The park sure was busy by 12:30!

Commons Park gazebo

There was a big ice skating party going on in the park, small children were being pushed in chairs.

Ice Skating party in Lake Mills

There was also target practice with tennis balls for safety. Also to aid the kids to throw snowballs with greater accuracy  🙂

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Some other kids were building a wood castle, complete with flags.

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It was now 1:00, and it looks like most of the ice sculptures were getting finished. My personal favorite 3 carvings.

Favorite Ice Carvings

The Lewis carving even had little wine bottles, cute!

Ice Wine bottle in Lake Mills

The Eskimo was especially fun, since this one was interactive and we could take a fun selfie with it.

Eskimo Ice Carving selfie

Other ice sculptures of note.

Knickerbocker Ice Sculptures Collage

We had a wonderful time at this festival and got further reinforcement that Wisconsinites love festivals in any setting the whole year around.

I Love Lake Mills