Off the Beaten Path at Wisconsin Dells

I started going through these photos today as well as the blog post, and then the day went downhill from there. My grandmother passed away this morning in Bangladesh – and I plan to have a related post down the road. But I wanted to have some positiveness about this day which is why I decided to post my recent trip to Wisconsin Dells.

For starters, Scott and I do not have photos of the stuff that I considered the most fun parts of our trip – a zipline tour and tons of miniature golf. So this is post will remain “incomplete” with the remainder of photos. Our first stop was The House on the Rock. This was my second trip here and it’s changed since I was a teenager. To simply, the house was built by a guy who collected a zillion things and wanted to build an architectural wonder to store them all. I liked the outside of the house more than much of the inside.

The inside of the house is insane. It’s a collector’s fantasy, a museum mecca for stuff you don’t know what to do with in a way. I liked this fancy lamp I took a photo of, the Infinity Room which projects 218 feet from the rock, and one part of the hundreds of huge organs in this place. This place is ridiculously enormous, and seeing it made me want to get rid of stuff I don’t need.

After getting into the Dells and the zipline tour (sorry, no photos but I sooo recommend if you’re not afraid of heights and seeking some adventure), we “found” Lost Canyon. It’s a horse-driven wagon ride through a canyon off a side road of town. It’s awesome, very relaxing, and a fellow tourist was nice enough to snap a shot of me and Scott I considered “blog-worthy”.

We succeeded in avoiding the “family fun” stuff of this area (sans kids), and went outside the Dells to Forevertron, an outdoor scrap metal art museum and includes the largest such sculpture in the world. The place sits in the backyard of a surplus store, Delaney’s, in the middle of the country. We didn’t pay a dime to go here, but contributions are accepted. It’s a fantastic display of art and imagination.

I wanted to get photos of some the architecture of the Dells, since once we’d driven through the main roads I was convinced this town lacks building codes. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum has the coolest parking sign I’ve ever seen. There’s an upside down White House. It looks cool from the outside, and the inside is interesting but the story behind the tour isn’t exactly all that great (that was our experience, anyway). Then there’s the Hotel Rome, part of one of the big water parks. The architecture is neat but is not attached to the main building. Then we walked past a restaurant with a misspelled word. Ha!

So here are what the Dells are about. We took a tour of the Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River, which our Lost Canyon tour guide recommended over all the water tours. He was right. It was awesome. It’s a 2-hour boat ride with a couple stops that shows off the beauty of this place, which was made famous by… (drumroll, please)… a photographer!

H.H. Bennett was a landscape photographer who spent his whole career here. He took photos of the area and promoted it to the railroad companies, thus making the place famous and subsequently a tourist destination. He also invented a mechanism to capture stop-action motion in cameras. Bennett named a site on the Upper Dells called Stand Rock, from which he had his teenage son jump from one rock to the next before he was able to capture him mid-air. (There is a 5-foot gap between the rocks). During the tour, this was demonstrated by a German shepherd, and the dog made it over both times. (Whew!).

Our last stop out of town was in Baraboo, home of the Al. Ringling Theatre. This is a must-see if you’re near the Dells. The incredible tour is a great history lesson of one of the neatest playhouses in the country.

There you have it!

It’ll be a while ’til I take another vacation… until then…(sigh)



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