August: Pig Roast at the Gibbsville Orchard. Our friends, Bill and Anna, joined us as we partied with other friends, Lori and Jeff Dutter at the Orchard. Their son, Dustin, is the proprietor and Mom and Dad help out frequently. Two bands performed. We camped overnight in the orchard.
|Cooking the porker. It was delicious!|
|The MilBillies - one band|
|This Big Life - the other band|
|The Apple Lady - one of Lori's creations.|
|The Village (formerly Town) of Richfield is showing|
folks how their taxes are spent. Roads are cleared
quickly after snow falls - especially in August.
|Richfield Service has fixed most of Rick's|
vehicles over the years - and he's probably
contributed plenty of $$ to this truck!
|One of several groups of dancers in the parade.|
|The educational float in the parade.|
Nelson & Pade Aquaponics is next door to Buffalo Lake Camping Resort where the rally is held. We toured the place and learned how auquaponics, the raising of fish and vegetables in an integrated soilless system, is an efficient, sustainable, and local means of food production.
|Fish are grown in the blue tanks. With a system of filtration, nutrients|
are pulled from the water and used to grow the lettuce shown in various
states of maturity. The white styrofoam sheets float on top.
|Fish raised on site are scaled and cleaned by the owner of the facility.|
Our rally hostess, Kimberly Steiner, had another contest this year - best decorated flamingo. The rules were that it could only be decorated with material that we had in our trailers.
|Our "chicken" flamingo didn't even place but we had a good time fixing her up.|
|One of the winners.|
September: Doors Open Milwaukee. Again, another annual tradition.
Some of the places we toured included Milwaukee Blacksmith (518 E. Erie) where the smithies forge candle holders like this one.
|Exquisite stained glass windows.|
|The basilica designation came in 1929.|
|Franciscan monks minister in urban settings|
rather than in rural areas. I'm sure this order was
delighted when the current Pope took the name
|Even though the St. Joseph Chapel looks like a cathedral, it is technically|
a chapel because there is no outside entrance to the space.
|A mural depicts the history of the Sisters.|
October: Volo Vintage Camping Trailer Rally
Once again our hostess, BJ Frantz, put on a good party. It was our last rally of the season. And another good time with our vintage friends. (My apologies to all - I don't have any good pictures this time!)
Here's a teaser for my next blog post!