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Summer 2017


 

We had a wonderful summer this year. We were having so much fun going to so many great events around Wisconsin we didn’t have time to write about it yet, let alone spring!  Our South Dakota and Wyoming trip took us 4 months to write about we saw so much!

Meanwhile, enjoy our video of Summer 2017. More details coming later about what we did. We never run out of things to do in this great state!

 

 

Madison Summer Concerts – 14th Annual Opera in the Park


7-25-15   The Madison Opera

Opera in the Park banner

 

The show began at 8, we arrived by 5 because we knew even then a lot of people come to this. We did get a good spot just off-center. The lawn and hill behind us looked like this just before the show.

Opera in the Park crowd

It’s time!

Stage and crowd at Garner Park

Opera in the Park Andrew Sewell

 

Here is the program. click to enlarge.

Opera in the Park Show Program

 

The Madison Opera also provided a Guide on their website giving more details about the music and give you a chance to listen to the music they played.  Before the show they were selling light sticks, and you will soon see why.

First, let me introduce the talented soloists.

Kyle Ketelsen-Eleni Calenos-Meredith Arwady at Opera in the Park frame

Anna Loreno text Opera in the Park

Calenos and Meers at Opera in the Park

After intermission is has become quite dark outside.  You can see people’s light sticks begin to dot the hillside with light.  The moon is photobombing the scene too, contributing its own light.

Opera in the Park Lightstick Show

And now the finale, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (State Fair)  with full audience participation!

Wow! What an exciting evening with 16,000 other enthusiasts of Madison’s fine art scene. We hope to come back next year, it will be on July 23, 2016. This will be their big 15th Anniversary celebration.

Upper Dells Boat Tour – Wisconsin Dells


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Dells Boat Tour – Tickets and Pricing

The last time we took this tour was June 30, 2002 and it was time we did it again. This time we were armed with a better camera (mine) which also shot HD video. Al also had his own camera and he sat in the lower deck, giving another point a view. We arrived at the Lower Dells Dock parking area, the first Upper Dells ride was at 10:00, a shuttle bus took us to the dock stairs to catch it. These are the boat rides available in summer this year.

Dells  Boat Tour ticket Office

Dells Boat Tour Schedule 2015

The view from the top of the stairs of the boats. Our boat is the Red Cloud, on the left back.

Upper Dells Dock watermark

Before you board, you have the chance to get a souvenir picture taken, available upon return. It is $20, includes a 8 x 6″, 2 – 4 x 6″ and three wallet-sized prints, plus a photo key chain for the wallet picture. What a good deal, here is our picture. You can get the same done at the Lower Dells. Just like what H.H. Bennett used to do over 100 years ago.

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Now we are on board and on our way!  We were lucky to have such a beautiful day. We are visible from the bridge to passersby as we go around the bend to the left, heading to the Gateway up ahead.

Bridge View 2852 WM

Upper Dells Boat Tour leaving WM

We approach the “Gateway of the Dells”, Romance Rock and High Cliff.

Romance Cliff and High Rock - Upper Dells Watermark

The dignified Chief Black Hawk’s Profile.

Chief Black Hawk's Profile watermark

The Giant’s Shield

Giant's Shield watermark  in Upper Dells

This majestic rock is called “Signal Point”, the entrance to Witches Gulch.

Upper Dells Rock formation WM

It is time for our first stop at Witches Gulch. We disembark and walk the path between tall rock formations, you can see the forest above you. Very beautiful!

Red Cloud boat at Upper Dells

Witch's Gluch Path WM at Dells

On our left is Witches Bathtub.

Witch's bathtub in Witch's Gulch in Dells WM

Spooky Lane,  and then…

Witch's Gulch Narrow Passage WM

It opens up to a wide area and concessions/restrooms are available.  We had 20 minutes before we had to get back on the boat.

Concession Stand at Witch's Gulch at Dells WM

There was also this plaque attached to the side of the rock on our right.

Witche's Gulch Plaque

Back on board, we crossed the river to our next attraction, the dog jumping across Stand Rock to re-create Ashley Bennett’s jump that made the Dells famous.  We assembled in the small amphitheater with this great view.

Stand Rock in Dells WM

The picture on the sign showing the jump.

Stand Rock Jump in Upper Dells

The dog jumping is a German Shepherd named Radar. Let’s watch!

How exciting that was!  Radar is perfectly safe, there is a net below to catch him if he fell.

We continue along the trail, seeing other beautiful rock structures and scenic views of the river.

Toadstool Rock Upper Dells WM

There is another concession building at the end of the trail.  There is another sign explaining how this area came to be.

Concession Building collage at Stand Rock in Dells WM

Sign at Stand Rock in Dells

Scenic View of the river, on our way back to the boat, now docked on the other side opposite of where we dis-embarked.

Scenic View  3187 WM

Pointed ledge at Stand Rock WM

Path to boat in Upper Dells from Stand Rock WM

Stand Rock area  - Upper Dells WM

Tall Rock formation 3204 WM

It was regretfully time to go, so beautiful here.

Back on the boat after Stand Rock 3210 WM

On our way back to port, what a wonderful ride! A last look at The Palisades rock formation.

The Palisades at Stand Rock 3212 WM

As we headed back to our home port, Brendan offered us copies of the Dells Boat Tour Official Guidebook for sale for $5, a great memento of our tour.

Official Guidebook of Dells Boat Tours

Saw a PT-109 shark boat on the way back, cool!

PT-109 3251 WM at Dells

Also saw a Jet Boat.

Jetboat Upper Dells Coming Back Al Kutil WM

Almost back, view from the bridge.

Upper Dells Boat Tour  Returning WM

Returning to dock Upper Dells WM

The crew secures the boat to the dock at the building.  On the dock is the stand where we pick up our picture.

Upper Dells Boat Tour Station Building WM

Photo Pickup at Upper Dells Dock 3292

Captain Bob and Brendan wish everyone a great day and hope you enjoyed your tour!

Captain Bob and Brendan Upper Dells Red Cloud crew frame WMDells Boats Come Back in Fall

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Maple Bluff-A Village Within the City of Madison


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Maple Bluff Signtree city usaBird City Wisconsin sign

Incorporated as a village in 1931,  Maple Bluff is a community with beautiful homes and where the home of our state Governor is located. Learn more about Maple Bluff’s early history here.  Also about activities in the village in their newsletter. It is also a certified Tree AND Bird City too!

Governor's Mansion in Maple Bluff

In Maple Bluff is also the historic home of Robert M. LaFollette, still occupied today by a private citizen.  You can see more about his life at the State Historical Museum in downtown Madison.

Bob LaFollette house in Maple Bluff

For the golfers, the Maple Bluff Country Club. They also have an on-site restaurant.

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There are many beautiful parks too in this village. here are a few of them.

 John A. Johnson Memorial Park has a gazebo and disc golf course, and a water fountain.

John A. Johnson Memorial Park Plaque

 

John A. Johnson Memorial park in Maple Bluff

Neal H. Stoddard Park

Neal H. Stoddard Park in Maple Bluff

Beach Park

Beach Park in Maple Bluff

Also Maple Bluff Marina for boats and other water craft.

Maple Bluff Marina

Maple Bluff Marina

The houses here are pretty too, I especially like this pink stucco. A few more.

Maple Bluff pink house

Maple Bluff Houses

One of my favorite reasons for coming here is the beauty of the changing seasons. This is how it earned the designation of Tree City. Here are the trees in spring.

Spring in Maple Bluff

And autumn, my favorite!

Fall in Maple Bluff

Take a break in Maple Bluff,  fun in any season!

Water Sports off Maple Bluff Marina

 

 

Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – Come Grow With Us!


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We discovered most big cities to the small towns we have visited  have at least one public garden for the public to enjoy. Dubuque is no exception. The Dubuque Museum and Botanical Gardens is quite beautiful in mid-summer and was well worth the visit.

Dubuque Botanical Gardens

 

Be sure to stop in the Visitor Center for a map of the huge grounds. You could easily spend the day here. They also have apparel and souveniers.

 

Dubuque Garden Visitor Center

Dubuque Garden gazebo

There are gardens of different themes…

Japanese Garden

Dubuque Japanese Garden

 English Garden

English Garden in Dubuque

Rose Garden

Dubuque Rose Garden

 

Even waterfalls are here.

Waterfall at Dubuque Garden

Just some of the beautiful flowers here at the garden.

Dubuque Garden Collage

We had a wonderful visit here. Could not see it all this time but perhaps on a return visit we can see the rest.

Dubuque Botanical Garden Stone sign

Madison Summer Concerts – The Dean House Back Porch Concert


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 The Capitol Chordsman

Back in January we took a tour of the Nathaniel Dean house and now we are here for their summer concert.  Quite a few people attended.  They have 5 concerts each summer on Thursday evenings, this is the schedule for this year.

Dean House concerts     Dean House concert crowd

It’s time!  Let’s enjoy the show!

 

They performed a great one-hour program for the audience and had us wanting more.

Capitol Chordsman

 

The Dean House has many exciting events throughout the year. The Capitol Chordsman do also, and learn more about them and their next performances here.

 

Madison Summer Concerts – Warner Park


Warner Park Summer Concert BannerSummer Concert sign

Supporters Collage

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Warner Park in Madison is just one of many outdoor music venues for all to enjoy.  It’s main sponsor is The North/Eastside Senior Coalition (NESCO). Concerts are free but donations are encouraged to keep funding the concerts. Either donate there at the concert through a food purchase or online. They present a large variety of music, spread over 6 concerts during June and July.  We attended #2 of 2014 on this date. Tonight was a group I heard of but never saw perform,

“Ladies Must Swing”

Ladies Must Swing

And swing they did! Here is a sample of the show.  Plenty of people danced, I would have if I knew how 🙂

Enjoy this collage of fun moments of the show.  Everyone really seemed to have a good time! This couple dancing appear to be a fixture here, great dancers!

Warner Summer Concert Collage

     We had a great time at the show, every week the program is different so click on NESCO to see the current schedule.