We hit the road around 2:00 PM and picked up Doug and Gretchen. We had a small game plan of what we would like to see while in Chicago such as the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and the Cloud Gate (or what we call "the bean") and other than that we wanted to spend a little time soaking up whatever Chicago had to offer. We would not eat chain foods but rather something unique to them.
Captain George "Cap" Wellington Streeter
Born 1843 - Died 1921
"The eccentric resident to gave Streeterville its name."
We went down to the Navy Pier and checked it out.
It was amazing to see so many huge buildings!
We finally made our way to Willis Tower!
The Spry's on the see-thru ledge in Willis Tower!
(Not gonna lie... you walk easy when you see what's below you)
The Fifer's next to the ledge!
(Doug doesn't do stuff like this but he did awesome and faced his fear)
This is a picture of the picture they took at Willis Tower.
We all stood out on the ledge and looked up at the camera...
I still can't believe we talked Doug into doing this but it was awesome and the view was amazing!
We were told we needed to eat at Gino's East Pizzeria so that's where we went!
So in this way cool pizza place you get to leave your mark!
After searching for a place to mark I finally settled for the bar...
and the handrail!
This is the "Cloud Gate" or what we call as "the bean"
I've seen too many pictures of this to not see it for ourselves!
We even took an architectural tour via a boat which was really interesting to hear about the history and stories of some of these old and tall buildings! We were glad we did this!
Doug and Gretchen introduced us to this amazing dessert at McCormick & Schmick's several months ago and it just so happened when we turned the corner there was a McCormick & Schmick's here! We went in for dessert only and then hit the road and headed to Wisconsin!
Welcome to Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
I won't bore you with the details but we decided we wanted to go eat breakfast so I started looking for places to eat. Let's just say the suggestions that I came up with prior to using Trip Advisor (www.tripadvisor.com) was not good ideas as they put us in not so good areas and come to find out they were no longer open. After a 2 hour drive through town I found us a great little breakfast place!
I highly recommend you visit this place if you get a chance to go to Wisconsin! It's called Blue's Egg (http://www.bluesegg.com/) and it was awesome! The wait was almost an hour but the waiter and food were amazing!!!!
Welcome to Madison, Wisconsin!
We were going to eat somewhere good and find a hotel here but it was prom and graduation and you couldn't find a hotel anywhere around here and every good place to eat was booked and couldn't take any more guests. Bummer.... it was a beautiful town!
And this is where the real adventure starts.....
So as we are driving down the road we come to a road block. We drove around it and as we were heading up the hill there sits a Iowa County Sheriff....
Of course he turns on his lights and pulls us over. As soon as he gets out of the car he says "I'm gonna have to write you a ticket". We began to explain why we were there and Doug and I got in the back of the Sheriff's car to explain what was going on because outside there were tons of huge mosquito attacking us like crazy.... seriously it was something the Sheriff couldn't even believe! We explained that we were told to go through the road closed as they were just a few miles up the road. He was super nice and after a good 10 minutes he took out his map and showed us how to get to where we needed to be. We totally talked our way out of a ticket and what we figured out what the lady thought we were already in Dodgeville and we did have to drive through signs that said "Road Closed in 4.5 miles" which we had to drive through and the driveway to House on the Rock was literally just before the road was closed. (Apparently Gretchen and Brandon thought this was all funny as they were taking pictures in the truck. It's hard to find people that appreciate others getting them out of trouble... just sayin') :)
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It was a very interesting place. I am glad we went and still trying to figure out this guy. Alex Jordan Jr. was a very interesting guy and a creative imagination. His bio is here http://thehouseontherock.com/PDFs/PR/Alexbio.pdf
This room is 300' long and at the entrance is 30' wide and at the end is 1" wide. This room is 218' cantilevered over the adjacent valley with no vertical support. You could feel the floor move under your feet!
Number of Lights: over 20,000
Number of Chandeliers: 182
Number of Animals on the Carousel: 269
Width: 80 feet
Height: 35 feet
Weight: 36 tons
Premiered: Easter 1981
Value including the House on the Rock collection of carousel animals: $4,800,000
These animals are among the most unique collected from all over the world
Note: There is not one horse on the carousel
We headed back home and went through Iowa to see some more country we haven't seen before. A huge storm was on our tail but never really rained until we got home around 9:00 pm. It was a fast paced trip but full of adventure and laughs! Awesome time!