While in Stoughton I was also able to sort out the first round of photo postcards for all my kickstarter backers. If you didn't get a postcard yet.... you will! My last day I checked out Madison, WI about 1/2 hour north. I got there near happy hour. They blocked off a street to do a "LIVE AT FIVE" jazz fest. I found a comfy seat near the capitol building and watched a dog drink out of a water fountain while listening to soft jazz.... I then ate fried cheese curds. hhmmmmm cheese curds.
|Dave from Iowa|
While cruising along I became really excited when I saw a sign for the Mark Twain wildlife preserve! I was still excited when I saw the sign for the Mark Twain Creek. I started getting curious when I saw the sign for the Mark Twain Caverns. I realized Mark Twain was being turned out when I saw the sign for the Mark Twain Riverboat and Casino, Water park, RV Campground and Spa.
Meanwhile, while stopping to shoot some roadside goodness, my camera battery went dead. Oops, I forgot to buy a spare for this trip, I'm gonna need a charge. Luckily, not more than a few miles a away I saw a sign for Starr Cave Park, Nature center and Reserve.
When I arrived I politely asked if I could plug in my camera's battery charger and of course, learn about Starr Cave Park and Preserve and the native plants. Turns out this is a big destination for seeing my buddy the Brown Bat, that is, up until a year ago when they closed down the cave due to...yup you guessed it....... white nose fungus. I'm feeling a bit like batman. I will note that women working at the park were very helpful in talking to me about the natives and they had a lot of signage on display telling you about the different trees and shrubs on the trail, very informative. Alas, my charger was charged and I was on my way again.
|the pond & serious drought conditions|