Saturday, Mr. Muse and I headed north to Cornucopia, WI, to see the Ice Caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. They are as good as people have claimed. If you can get there in the next week – I encourage you to go. Pictures will come later!
1. You can give a person a map, a GPS and written directions and they will probably still get lost.
There were everywhere. People from within the state, people from out-of-state, even people from out-of-the-country. Maps across the steering wheel. Tapping away at the GPS on the dash. Stopping in the road as if to turn and then changing their minds just as you start to pass them on the right. Everywhere.
2. In the Winter in Northern Wisconsin you have to watch for deer and snowmobiles. Mostly snowmobiles.
The snow was piled up on the sides of the roads, in excess of ten feet in some places, which meant that driving any time of day involved paying a lot of attention. We saw a lot of deer and we saw a lot of snowmobiles, but it was only the snowmobiles who seemed to want to cross the road in front of traffic.
3. In Ashland, Wisconsin, there is a group of people who race cars on ice. No really.
Mr. Muse and I were leaving Ashland after lunch and as we were looking out over the bay we noticed many cars on a plowed off track, racing. We had to stop and watch for a little bit. It was HILARIOUS and pretty cool.
4. North of Highway 8, I get looked at like I’m a Hipster.
I asked for Gluten-free menus, beer, hard cider and bunless hamburgers. I only found one place where they didn’t look at me like I had a second head on my shoulders, The Norske Nook, in Hayward, WI. They had a gluten-free menu as well as english muffins, bread and hamburger buns. It was the last place I expected to find a gluten-free “anything”.
5. I need one of those pillows with the cut-out for my tailbone.
Years ago, when I came off the horse on my back onto the road, I messed up my pelvis and tailbone pretty good, among other things. Sitting for extended periods of time means that I’m uncomfortable for extended periods of time. I think it’s time that I actually invest in one of those cut-out pillows.
Here’s hoping that your weekend was filled with exploration and adventure!
Of course this is all miles away from me, but I do remember going into a tunnel drilled into a glacier in the Swiss Alps, and the bluish colour you could see through the ice has lived with me for evermore. It really was beyond beautiful
That would be very cool, indeed! Our Swedish friends have invited us to take a trip to Iceland (namely Reykjavik) and I know seeing glaciers would be on the “To Do” list. Of course, we want to go to Alaska in 2016 – so glaciers are on the list for there, too!
Years ago, I broke my tailbone slipping on ice in a storm while doing last minute Christmas shopping . . . ever since then, I can’t go more than 2-3 hours sitting. This makes the legendary road trips that much more difficult.
I’ve stopped getting strange looks when ordering a burger without the bun . . . sometimes. But I just can’t get into gluten-free bread – I’ve YET to find something that I’ve enjoyed.
Oof – I feel you on the tailbone. I’ve been testing out new desk chairs for the office and found one that I could sit in without having an aching tailbone. Now I just have to wait for my workspace to arrive and be set up so my back will stop hurting from leaning into a too narrow table to type.
On the GF bread – I’ll have to report back on the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook my mother in law got me. The bread recipes are appealing.