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Cave of the Mounds

Cave of the Mounds

Cave of the Mounds

Cave of the Mounds

Cave of the Mounds

Rock Garden

Little Norway

Little Norway

Little Norway

Little Norway Trunks

Norwegian Ceremonial Dresses

Norwegian Ceremonial Dresses

Norwegian Stave Church

Barbara and the Gnomes

Jim and a Gnome


Day 9 – Cave of the Mounds

Today we went Blue Mounds, WI (the highest point in southern Wisconsin) to the Cave of the Mounds, underground caves discovered in 1938. There were lots of stalactites and stalagmites beautifully lit for viewing. See pictures for some of them. There also was a beautiful rock and flower garden going up the hill behind the visitors’ center.

We also went to Little Norway. This was originally a homestead for a Norwegian family in the 1800’s. It was in sad repair when bought in 1927 by a man from Milwaukee who refurbished it and filled it with antiques from Norway. The houses were very interesting and some of the antiques were unique.

History Trivia: Do you know why some Norwegian settlers preferred round top trunks to flat top trunks when coming over on the boat from Norway? The trunks were stacked in the cargo hole of the ship with the round top one on the top for obvious reasons. The people who owned them could get to their things in the trunks more easily that those with flat tops.

Lunch was at Culver’s Restaurant which is a chain but has very good burgers.

After lunch, we wandered around the town of Mt. Hoerb. It’s a small town protected by gnomes who are a Norwegian folk tradition. We also browsed in Duluth Trading Co.-the Land’s End of the Midwest.

We also went to Wollersheim Winery and tried a few of their wines. Some were good, some only so-so.

Almost all of our travels were on red line and blue line roads. What a good way to see working farms, cows, and fields of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa.





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