Is there a place we’d like to settle down? Well, Thursday & Friday were partially devoted to doing a little investigation. And seeing as I was a few days ahead in my blog it was easy to goof off and let some of those written ahead entries give me a few days off from writing.
It’s highly unlikely that we would pick the area we’re in right now for a semi-permanent settling place — it’s a bit more remote than either of us would want if we wanted to call a ‘place’ home for a few years. But, we did do a little circuit just to reassure ourselves of that face.
This is such an amazing and beautiful area. If you are unfamiliar with the “Driftless” area in S.W. Wisconsin you have missed a treat. Let me borrow from Wiki:
“The Driftless Area or Paleozoic Plateau is a region in the American Midwest noted mainly for its deeply carved river valleys. While primarily in southwestern Wisconsin, it includes areas of southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and extreme northwestern Illinois.”
Here’s a shot from Wildcat Mountain State Park. It’s a typical view of the region, perhaps with the exception that there are a lot of farms, farmland, and a whale of a lot of corn grown in this region.
Contour farming is huge in this area and I grabbed a file picture to illustrate what I mean — the area has been so hazy that I’m not bothering with photos for now. It’s pretty amazing to see the bold patterns of various crop fields carved into the hillsides and appreciate both the beauty of design and the wisdom of scientific farming at the same time.
We’re also in an area well known for Craft Cheeses and nearby Belmont is a great stop for your tastebuds. Producing both cows’ and sheep’s milk cheeses my tastebuds water every time we go through or near the little town.
This is also an area where lead mining had been big in the early settlement days. And strategically, it was huge for the Civil War. Both a boom for the economy at the time, and a health hazard for the workers there are still reminders of the old days. The lead was melted at the top of large towers and then drizzled through a perforated pan from which it fell a goodly distance (cooling slightly & forming into a ball) before dropping into a water bath at the base of the tower — creating lead musket balls and lead shot.
We’ll do more of these short jaunts around the area as the summer passes — probably moreso when we get to Eastern WI — in search of possible RV parks that might be suitable (to us) for a summer seasonal stay.
I’ve been writing long posts it seems lately so today I’ll cut it short right there. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.