Our Midwest trip actually began on June 20th, 1995 when immediately after Brynne's graduation from Kindergarten, we hurried to the airport to send Kent on his way to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI) trade show.
Wednesday, June 21, 1995
Then very early the next morning, Brynne and I started out by car. We passed through Providence, the state capital of Rhode Island, and the first of 8 state capitals we would see. Our next stop was in Albany, New York for a short walking tour which took us to the State Capitol building.
|Albany, NY Skyline|
|Quackenbush House (c 1736 in Dutch Colonial style) is the oldest|
intact building in Albany and is known as the home of
Revolutionary War officer Hendrick Quackenbush
|Brynne in the Colonial Garden|
|Albany City Hall (1880-1883, by|
Henry Hobson Richardson
in Richardsonian Romanesque)
|First Church in Albany/North Dutch Church (1797-1799, by Philip Hooker)|
is the fourth building of the church but also the oldest on Albany
Thursday, June 22, 1995
We stayed the full day of June 22 in Buffalo.
|Brynne creating her own shower|
(Photo by GJT)
|Brynne on a Sit 'n' Spin (GJT)|
|Mark in Barbie's pool|
|Leah, Brynne, and Mark|
|Grandpa T reads Uncle Wiggily stories to Leah, Brynne, and Mark|
Friday, June 23, 1995
The next day we joined the Ws in a caravan across Ontario, Canada to head for Michigan. My sister Kathy, her husband Mike, and their two kids were going to a wedding in Detroit, MI. All the girls were in our car, and the boys followed. We stopped in Ingersoll, Ontario to see the museum complex: a cheese factory museum, a community historical museum, and a community sports museum. All very nicely done and small enough to hold Brynne's and Leah's attention.
|Ingersoll Cheese Factory Museum|
|Ingersoll Community Museum: March of the Drunkards diorama|
|Leah, Brynne, and Mike|
|Mike rescuing a flip flop|
|Michigan State Capitol (1873-1878, by Elijah E Myers in|
Neoclassical/Renaissance Revival style)
Saturday, June 24, 1995
On June 24th, we drove to St. Joseph, MI overlooking Lake Michigan. (Yesterday we had seen three other Great Lakes: Lake Erie from the Peace Bridge, Lake Ontario from the St. Catharine's Skyway, and Lake Huron from the Port Huron Bridge.) There we went to the Curious Kids' Museum, a delightful children's museum with lots of hands-on activities. Brynne levitated with a magic mirror, picked apples, generated electricity, and even typed her name on a Braille typewriter.
|Brynne measures up|
to Magic Johnson
|Brynne levitating at the magic mirror|
|Brynne cycling to create electricity|
|Wisconsin State Capitol (1906-1917, by|
George B Post & Sons in Beaux-Arts style)
|Brynne in the Willows Motel room|
|Dragon's Den Mini Golf course|
Next: Midwest Trip II.