Day Thirtyseven
Day Thirtyseven

Lake Geneva, WI to Mount Vernon, IA
July 19th, 2004

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Brian & Theresa - Morning in Lake Geneva
Brian & Theresa - Leaving friends
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
Miles Theresa Drove
221 (2550 Total)
Sunny, with a few clouds, low 80's and a little humid
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Cows and horses
Palisades-Kepler State Park
Rapid City, IA

Daily Didactic
Again, our morning began in the disorienting comfort of a real bedroom. We had our second home cooked breakfast of the trip, before walking to the P-A-R-K to exercise the children. Walking around the town of Lake Geneva is great fun for fans of old houses, which Brian and Theresa are, as house after house has very cool architecture and detail to look at. The historic homes are mostly late 1800's and early 1900's and many have been beautifully restored. We eventually made it to the P-A-R-K, which is right next to the school Joey has just transferred to. Joey now has a three block walk to work, and Theresa let him know it was about time. We took a quick school tour, met his new mentor teacher who was inexplicably in her room on July 19th, and hit the playground to work some energy out of the kids. After Brian had explored all of the new playground equipment, we headed back to the house for our last home grilled meal before hitting the road west. Joey and Anissa are two of the most gracious hosts we have yet had the pleasure of intruding on, and saying goodbye was sad. It is clear that we will have to intrude again and we genuinely hope to be intruded on some day soon.

When we finally left Lake Geneva, we headed west on Wisconsin Highway 50, crossing the Mississippi River and the Iowa border at Dubuque. We then angled southwest on Iowa 151, through wildy clean little midwest town after wildy clean little midwest town, finally stopping for the night at the extraordinarily well kempt Palisades-Kepler State Park, just southeast of Rapid City. We headed back into nearby Mount Vernon to upload some web pages and grab a little dinner, eventually returning to our camp site for the night.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

Morning in Lake Geneva, peering out of that top window Part of a large and very pretty garden on the way to the P-A-R-K
Brian explaining some finer horticultural points to Joey Who's having the most fun?
Same question Brian and Theresa in Alaska
Alaskans in Wisconsin They had to update their plates when Jonas came along
We came pretty close to just parking and staying for good Delevan, Wisconsin, ''19th Century Circus Capital of the Nation''
Delevan main street OK county. They're OK, we're OK.
A kinder, gentler, Industrial Park Corny roadside shot
The bridge over the Mississippi, just east of Dubuque The Mississippi River
Due to the sun, you'll have to take our word for it. Iowa welcomes us. A none too scenic shot of an otherwise presentable Dubuque
Ahhhh... Grant Wood country... ...with a sense of humor

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