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Jul '06

Days 41 to 50

Spent about 3 days back in Chicago going to places like downtown Chicago to meet up with Lia’s niece Pia who works in the Chilean Consulate, plus visiting Navy Pier and the Sears Building which is the highest building in Chicago.   We also visited the B’hai Temple, and learnt about their very interesting beliefs.    They believe that all religions are basically one religion and all the God’s such as Jesus and Mohammad who have been to earth are all the prophets of one God.

Then we were off again for more exploring with our friends Dan and Dalia to the Wisconston Dells, the circus musium and The House on the Rock.   Wisconston Dells are on a section of the Wisconston River that is fairly deep so naturally we did a river cruise and an amphibious duck ride/cruise.   The main street of the Dells has been turned into a giant amusement park with roller coasters, carosels,  mini-golf courses, crazy houses, etc.

The circus musium is at a place that used to be the winter headquarters of the Ringling Brothers and Barton circus.    Saw an excellent Chinese acrobat act and some great old circus wagons that used to be used in the grand parade that went through any town or city that the circus was being set up in.

The House on the Rock was just that.   A house that a man built around a big rock outcrop.   However this man also become a great collector and the house and accompanying buildings now house his collections.   The collections are many, varied and staggering in their size.   They include carosels, many large and small mechanical music exhibits, firearms, dolls and doll’s houses, model ships,  an old village street containing all sorts of shops with appropriate merchandise inside and posters outside, and many other things.   Overall, including a short lunch break, we were looking at the exhibits for 6 hours.   Staggering.

Back in Chicago again we went to the Museum of Science and Industry and saw an excellent exhibition of the inventions of Leonado Da Vinchi and the Aquarium that has a huge collection of fish from all over the world.

On Sunday 16th July we said goodbye to our friends Dan and Dalia who had looked after us so well for 3 weeks and flew to Pensylvania and met up with other friends Bob and Bette who live in the middle of Amish country and very near to where the film “Witness” with Harrison Ford was filmed.   Yesterday we spent driving around that area and today we went in town to see the market, the quilt museum (the Amish are famous for their quilt making among other things) and a number of Art Galleries.   Tomorrow it is off to Washington DC. 

Jul '06

Days 31 to 40

Took an 8 day drive around Lake Michigan going as far north as Lake Superior and Ontario, Canada.   The first time Lia has been to Canada and not even a stamp in the passport to prove it.   In fact the border security seemed fairly lax although perhaps they thought that 4 older white people not much of a threat.

The highlights of the trip for us where:

At Munising, Lake Superior, a boat ride to see the Pictured Rocks National Park.   The pictured rocks are sandstone and their shapes are the result of wave action, with colours in the cliffs caused by minerals and tannin leaching from the trees above.   We also went on another boat ride to see ship wrecks through the glass bottom of the boat.   Very interesting without having to dive into the cold water of the lake.

Return train ride from Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario Canada to Agawa Canyon where there are beautiful views and several spectacular water falls.   And about 400 steps to the lookout that our legs still remember.

4th July fireworks in St Ignace and a visit to Mackinac Island where cars are not allowed and all transport is by foot, horse and cart or bicycle.   We hired bicycles and rode around the island, about 5 miles.    It was an accomplishment that we really enjoyed.   Also it was on Lake Huron so that was the 3rd lake we visited on this trip.

On the trip we visited several small, beautiful little towns that border Lake Michigan.   Everywhere there is some small inlet or channel a small town seems to exist and they are all very pretty in there own way.