When in Rome... Wisconsin

August 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

We headed out of Prairie du Chien and crossed the southern edge of Madison to our next destination, Kettle Moraine State Park.  Along the way we caught some great views of the Wisconsin landscape.  Hover over photos for more information, or click on the photo to go to the gallery for prints and downloads. 

Monfort, WI - FarmMonfort, WI - FarmPhoto by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Ran across a cool, almost complete ghost town, but still active farming community of Edmund. 

Edmund, WI - Building DoorEdmund, WI - Building DoorBuilding door in Edmund, Wisconsin. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. Edmund, WI - Building Door & WindowsEdmund, WI - Building Door & WindowsBuilding door and windows in Edmund, Wisconsin. Photo byKathy Weiser-Alexander. Edmund - Blade SharpenerEdmund - Blade SharpenerAn old blade sharpener in front of a house in Edmund, Wisconsin. Photo byKathy Weiser-Alexander.

And of course, plenty of barns to fill Kathy's obsession. 

Fort Atkinson, WI - BarnFort Atkinson, WI - BarnPicturesque barn in near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Found this cool church near Sullivan

Sullivan, WI - Evangelical United Brethren ChurchSullivan, WI - Evangelical United Brethren ChurchPhoto by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Another barn near Jefferson.

Jefferson, WI - BarnJefferson, WI - BarnA barn near Jefferson, Wisconsin. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

But we couldn't find a spot left at Kettle Moraine State Park for our travel trailer.  So we searched and searched and landed at an RV Park in Rome, Wisconsin, near Sullivan.  This view from the back of Pickets General Store in Rome is very similar to what we find just yards away from our trailer. Neat place and very friendly management. 

Rome, WI (Sullivan) - Swamp/RiverRome, WI (Sullivan) - Swamp/RiverPhoto by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

From there we explored the area for a day enjoying the Wisconsin Summer. 

Southeast Wisconsin - GeeseSoutheast Wisconsin - GeesePhoto by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. Kettle Moraine State Forest Area, WI - BarnKettle Moraine State Forest Area, WI - BarnA barn near the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. Kettle Moraine State Forest Area - ChapelKettle Moraine State Forest Area - Chapel Kettle Moraine State Forest Area, WI - Barn - 2Kettle Moraine State Forest Area, WI - Barn - 2A barn near the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

What do you do with an old road through the woods?  You rename it a Rustic Road.  This is Rustic Road 86 and was one of several beautiful rustic roads we explored. 

Wisconsin Rustic Road 86Wisconsin Rustic Road 86Rustic Road 86 in southeast Wisconsin. Photo byKathy Weiser-Alexander.

I made Kathy get this one just because I like the skull.  Not that I would have had to twist her arm or anything to take another barn photo.

Waukesha County, WI - Skull BarnWaukesha County, WI - Skull BarnPhoto by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

We've spotted several Sandhill Cranes while in this area, at least that's what we believe them to be. 

Waukesha County, WI - Sandhill CranesWaukesha County, WI - Sandhill Cranes

They appeared to enjoy this barn as much as Kathy did. 

Waukesha County, WI - Barn with Sandhill CranesWaukesha County, WI - Barn with Sandhill Cranes

They grow beer here

Oconomowoc, WI - Pabst Farm No 1Oconomowoc, WI - Pabst Farm No 1

More barns along our drive through the countryside. 

Waukesha County,WI - Barn-2Waukesha County,WI - Barn-2   Waukesha County, WI - FarmWaukesha County, WI - Farm

So that's pretty much how we occupied our time in Rome the first day.  Our primary target of this area though is Old World Wisconsin, and we were in for a TREAT.   That will be a photo blog on it's own, so be watching for it soon along with a complete history and information via the travel blog.  

Old World Wisconsin - Ox pulled CartOld World Wisconsin - Ox pulled CartA couple of Oxen pull a cart around Old World Wisconsin. Photo by Dave Alexander.


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