Yesterday we went to the House on the Rock, which is a famous house which was built in 1945, but has only been open to the public since 1960. Alex Jordan used to come to a picnic area called Shelter Rock when he was a little boy. His family liked the area so much he bought the piece of land it was on. Afterwards his father purchased all the surrounding property and began building this monumental house. Alex continued the work after his father passed away and had loads of quarry rock brought in and this is what the house is made of. Just walking through its dark and cavelike area is extraordinary. We took the section 1 tour which was the original house, infinity walk and the Japanese gardens. It was amazing to see this.
Afterwards we went to Culvers, our favorite fast food place. Love that culvers. Then we went to the Circus Museum, Barnam and Bailey was quartered here in Baraboo. Seeing all the old circus things was wonderful, they even had shows there and live camels and elephants.
Today, Friday we drove to the Dells, which is the tourist area to take a boatride on the lower dells. This is an hour ride. The upper dells is over 2 hours and it was very warm and extremely windy so we arranged for the lower one. A shuttle brought us to the dock and we had almost an hour before boarding so we had some mexican food for lunch at a real nice place right on the dock. The water level was too low to launch from there, so a Duck, amphibious vehicle shuttle picked us up and took us to a higher level dock. There were only 6 of us on the tour, and so relaxing. We chose to sit below because the wind on the upper deck could blow you away.
Anyhow it was a nice ride, we learned about how the dells were formed and I got some nice photos.
There are the sculptures outside the
"House on the Rock"
Below is on of the carousel animals,
the house had a carousel room, a dollhouse room too
The lovely japanese gardens
Photos from the Circus Museum
Jumbo the largest elephant in captivity
Camels and elephants, oh my
Oldtime circus cars
I loved the old posters
Photos of the Dells