Friday, August 9, 2019

Wisconsin and Michigan Trip

     Just returned from a two week trip to Michigan and Wisconsin. It was really great to see family and friends. I flew into Detroit to see family there, then onto Bellevue to check out my brother's hydroelectric powered mill which generates electricity for about forty homes in town.

I visited the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, where my niece lives. I was pleasantly surprised at some of the world-class art they had on their walls for such a small town.

Above is one of Deborah Butterfield's Horse Sculptures from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Her work is amazing to see in person. She builds these sculptures from branches, then takes them apart and casts them in bronze and reassembles them. 

Here's a quilt I liked from an exhibit there.

Above are two pictures of beautiful Lake Ishnala, where my sister and brother-in-law, who live in Madison, Wisconsin, took me for a scrumptious dinner at the supper club there. 
So green and peaceful.

Then it was on to Milwaukee, where I was born and raised.

Here I am with Carole, who has been my friend since 4th grade. We had a wonderful time going to all sorts of fun places in Milwaukee. The picture above and the two below were taken at the Boerner Botanical Gardens.

Here I am with Carole and my sister, Anne in the historic third ward neighborhood, which as been turned into a very hip, fun place go to eat or shop.
 We took the free 'Hop' streetcar from the east side of Milwaukee to there.

Above is the new Milwaukee Arena. It has helped to revitalize the downtown Milwaukee area.

It was great seeing all my friends and family, but it's also great to be back home.

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