Spring came early this year, but that wasn’t the case last year. So last March, when our spring was cold and rainy and long, we Wisconsin Wanderers decided to go south to see if we could find warmer weather. Much to our chagrin, not only did we find more rain and cold, but it even snowed in southern Indiana the first night we were out.
I’m not sure how well the trees that were in bloom fared when the cold weather struck. Apple growers here in Wisconsin are concerned this spring. Their trees are leafing and could be flowering by mid-April – a whole month early. We’re sure to have a hard frost in April before winter decides to leave permanently and that would mean no apple crop this year.
|Rick is pointing out the snow on the branches along with the blossoms.|
Notice the snow on the ground, too,
One of the most fabulous places we visited last spring was the French Lick Resort consisting of two hotels – the West Baden Springs Hotel and the French Lick Springs Hotel. The West Baden Springs Hotel is a National Historic Landmark with a most spectacular dome. Because of help, in part, from Indiana Landmarks, our nation’s largest state-wide historic preservation organization, this early 20th century edifice has been restored to its original grandeur.
The lobby of the French Lick Springs Hotel has amazing murals and gold leaf on its ceiling. We learned that Conrad Schmitt Studios of Milwaukee was responsible for the beautiful artwork and decorative touches.
It seems that we find Wisconsin connections wherever and whenever we wander!