Wednesday, June 28, 1995

1995 Midwest Trip IV (6/27-28/1995)

Tuesday, June 27, 1995
Because we were up early the next day, we took the time to return over the St. Croix River to MN and drive up to the scenic town of Stillwater. Lots of brick antique shops, and a street lined with big churches.
John Wolf Brewery (c 1872 white building)
Main Street in Stillwater, MN
Stillwater Lift Bridge (1931), a rare surviving example of a vertical-lift
highway bridge based on the designs pioneered by Waddell & Harrington
Third Street N, Stillwater, MN
Historic Courthouse (1867-1870, by
Augustus Knight in Italianate style)
Back in Hudson, WI we toured the Octagon House. The shape was a trend at the time in the 1850s.
The Octagon House (1855, by the Andrews Brothers in
Greek Revival style: octagon mode)

We then drove through dairy country to the Wisconsin Dells. There we took a boat tour of sandstone rock formations in a gorge cut by the Wisconsin River.
Lower Dells Tour Boats
Cow in a Milk Bottle (the milk bottle is more obvious!)
A couple duck boats heading towards the farther Hawk's Bill
Wisconsin Power & Light Company Dam
Swallow nests in the cliffs
Grotto Rock
We stayed with the T family in Barrington, IL for the next two nights. Kent had played golf with Stuart Tanaka in high school, and had known him and his wife Cheryl when he lived in Columbus, Ohio. They now have 16-year old Cecelia, 12-year old Sonja, and 10-year old Michael.

Wednesday, June 28, 1995
On June 28th, Cheryl drove us into Chicago with Michael. We visited the amazing Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium. Saw a naturalist dolphin show, talkative beluga whales, an immense alligator snapping turtle, a white alligator, among many other marine animals.
Shedd Aquarium: Yellowtail Blue Damselfish
Shedd Aquarium: Delphinapterus leucas/Beluga Whale
We later had a taste at the Taste of Chicago Festival, between thunderstorms.
View of Taste of Chicago in Grant Park from a Ferris wheel
View back toward Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum from the Ferris wheel
Brynne in the T's swimming pool
At the T's: Brynne and Tamiko
Michael T and Brynne
I last saw the Ts when I was expecting Brynne.
Next: Midwest Trip V.

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