|Carol (lower left hand corner) with cousins at the Idhe farm (early 1950's)|
|house (present day) in Baraboo where Carol lived until her mid teens|
|new faucet with sprayer|
|Sykes and Pagels at the Pagels site|
|Linda, Carol, Marge|
|Brianne and Angie|
We have several more friends in the Madison area from the days when Carol was the Executive Secretary for the Audubon chapter in Madison we wanted to see. Making our effort supremely easier, Warren Gaskill (Rapid Improvements) and Sharon Clark Gaskill kindly offered to host two dinner parties at their secluded homestead outside Black Earth. Truth be known, Warren and Sharon are always up for an excuse to entertain and we were thrilled to be visiting them not once but twice!
|David, Shelley, Mel, Sharon, Tom, Warren, Carol, Steve|
|Bill and Sylvia|
|Diane and Glenn|
|Ken, Carol, Tom|
|Gayle and Harvey at Wollersheim's|
|Carol on the a bluff overlooking Devil's Lake SP|
Speaking of Marge’s house, we spent time visiting our stash; our cache of personal items that we had stored there after we sold our home. Each year we pay a return homage to either drop off or retrieve a few things. Amazing how one can reduce one’s footprint when one sets one’s mind.
|our "stuff" stored under the blue tarp at Marge's|
|mainly photo albums, books, dishes, glassware|
|arrow indicates location of vent|
|House Wren hard at work carrying twigs into the vent|
|nest materials deep inside|
So typical of our stays in Wisconsin, the time flew by far too quickly. We had volunteered to help Carol’s son Chris, and daughter-in-law Robyn, with child care for the two weeks prior to school starting in Colorado. So on August 1, we pulled up stakes and headed in that direction. Quite a whirl wind three month visit but then it always is. It was bittersweet crossing the Mississippi River into Minnesota with Wisconsin in our rear view mirrors. We so cherished seeing family and friends and hated to leave but it was time to roll on.
|Devil's Lake panorama|
|at Wollersheim's Winery|
|environmental movers and shakers in the 80's - find Carol|
|Barn Swallow youngster about ready to fledge|