Sunday, September 20, 2009

Road Trip Day 4: The Chevy Has Landed!

I know Wisconsin is the Dairy State, but I called it the Cheese State yesterday because we saw so many places advertising cheese! We got on the road again in Wisconsin at around 10:00 a.m., after a so-so breakfast at the hotel. It was better than the Red Roof, but not as good as the Holiday Inn Express our first morning.

We drove through rolling hills and farmland for an hour or so and then came upon a roadside sign announcing a "scenic turnout." Thinking it might present some photo opportunities, I pulled off the highway into the rest area. Yes, I was driving and Hubby was riding shot-gun. Unfortunately, he wasn't quick enough on the draw to catch some of the interesting things we saw. One in particular was a rock formation, which looked like a castle had been carved out of the side of a small mountain. You'll have to imagine the rocks, 'cause by the time Speedy Gonzales got the camera out of the case, we were a mile past it.

At the rest area, I didn't see much photo opportunity: we were in among trees, and there was no elevated spot which offered a scenic view. There was an interesting sign, however, which I did photograh about this area having been one of the country's largest passenger pigeon nesting areas.

As I read the sign, I couldn't help but wonder if the hill we were on was really a pile of pigeon poop! After all, 100 million-plus, must have been responsible for massive colon evacuations!

Moving from defecation to ingestion......

Robert Roloff, the other half of was kind enough to offer a restaurant suggestion: Culver's. We saw the place advertised many times along the highway, but might not have chosen it, but for Robert's suggestion. We stopped at a Culvers on Commercial Boulevard in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I have to say, we enjoyed the best cheese burgers I've ever had in a fast-food type environment. We ordered the "Butter-burger Cheeseburger Baskets," which came with fries and a drink for $3.99. Then we topped it off with Frozen Custard; I had a small Raspberry Sundae, and Hubby had a Turtle Sundae.
Hey, it's Sunday, and I guarantee you, that was the closest to a religious experience I've had in a long time!

After that scrumptious lunch, we got back on the road. This time hubby took the wheel, and I rode shotgun. As you can see, it was a little cloudy, but very pleasant for traveling. I think I mentioned that Wisconsin looks a lot like Maine, but if you've never been to Maine, that is a pointless comparison. So I just took a couple of pictures to let you know what the countryside was like.

This shot shows that the leaves are beginning to change color a little. They don't look quite as red in the photo as they were in reality. Lack of bright sunshine was probably a factor.As we bade farewell to Wisconsin, Minnesota welcomed us! I almost didn't catch this photo. The sign sneaked up on me. There were several false alarms I was ready for, then when the real deal showed up, I had to scramble!

Ah, the picture below: The Chevy has landed at the Mall of America...this was my first glimpse. We checked into the Country Inn & Suites directly accross the street. The hotel has a shuttle to and from the mall every hour, so that's where we will be tomorrow. Tonight we just plan to chill. There's a TGI Friday's downstairs and we will go there for dinner.

I'll have more tomorrow about the mall. Night, all!


Jen said...

Sounds and looks like you are having a great trip....thanks for sharing the pictures and info with us.Have a good day tomorrow.

Steven Anthony said...

culvers the butter burgers....

sounds like a wonderful trip...loving the pics and updates;)

safe journey

Cathy said...

Welcome to MN! Have fun at the you have your route all mapped out? I still get lost in that place. Enjoy!

Joanna Jenkins said...

The Mall of America! Is it as cool as everyone says it is????
Safe travels.

Vodka Logic said...

What a fun trip. Keep taking pictures of the signs. I love sign pics.


Housewife Savant said...

You were in the motherland! Yay for Wisconsin! Yay for the two weeks of the year when there's no snow there! (Yay that I don't live there any more.)
Yay for Culvers. I forgot to tell you that I used the men's room there. (Read that post when you have a chance, because if you did THE EXACT SAME THING you don't have to blog it out.=)
It's the raspberry sundae for me too. [love!]
Wear comfy shoes at MoA, and blog on!

Chef Eureka said...

Yay, Minnesota! You are in my neck of the woods. I just love Culver's :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog and it sounds like you are having a great time!

Elizabeth Patch said...

i! I stopped by to says thanks for stopping by my blog, and you sound like such a fun lady!(ps My book is only available at (for now) so even the gigantic Mall of America won't have it) Happy Trails!