Fishing & Boating in the Northwoods

A Wisconsin Fish Fry in Middleton & a Visit to Taliesin

restaurant sign

For me, Friday in Wisconsin is just not complete without a fish fry. So, after returning to the Staybridge Suites hotel (located in Middleton, a bit west of Madison) after our tour of Capital Brewery, we changed our clothes  and headed out again to find a fish fry. Our selected venue was located a stone’s […]

Cedar-Planked Maple Salmon Recipe

Finished Cedar-Planked Salmon just off the grill

Outdoor grilling is, without a doubt, right up there with fishing as one of my passions. I will use my outdoor gas grill all year ‘round, in almost any kind of weather. But summertime is grilling time, and that’s when my grill gets the most use! Your grill can be used to cook almost any […]

Sounds of Silence

boat at breakfast point

And no, I am not referring to the Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel album from 1966. This is something completely – or at least mostly – unrelated. Writer’s Block Writer’s block is something of which I am familiar. Personally, I have never had the pleasure (notice my tongue embedded firmly in my cheek) of […]

Bronko Nagurski & the Kabetogama Connection

bronko statue

Many thanks to Ed Oerichbauer, curator at the Bronko Nagurski Museum in International Falls, Minnesota, for his helpful information and insight. A conversation with him ultimately helped me determine the proper direction for the article that follows. (This page may contain affiliate links. See our disclosure about affiliate links here.) Super Bowl XVIII Coin Toss […]

The Popcorn Connection – and How I Found It

Popcorn in Ceramic Bowl

OK, OK… So, it’s not exactly a discovery. At least not in the same fashion as, say, Columbus discovering America or Fermilab discovering a new particle.  But my popcorn discovery –  at least to me – is almost as significant.  More on that later. (This page may contain affiliate links. See our disclosure about affiliate […]

A Cathedral, Charlie’s and Clydesdales!

clydesdale horse

After a superb breakfast and a tour of the impressive Schreiner’s Restaurant kitchen, we thanked Paul Cunningham and then headed out to view an awesome church, have lunch and see some Clydesdales! (Read more about Friday Night in Fond du Lac.) (This page may contain affiliate links. See our disclosure about affiliate links here.) St. […]

Friday Night in Fond du Lac

lake winnebago harbor

Heidi and I arrived at Fond du Lac in the early afternoon and were able to get an early check-in to our hotel. We had ample time prior to our Friday night dinner, so we headed east about 15 miles or so to Mt. Calvary and a unique place called Villa Loretto and Cristo Rey […]

Capture of the U-505 and the German Enigma Machine

aft torpedo room

Follow me through one last article to read about the ultimate capture of the U-505 and the capture of the German Enigma Machine. (This page may contain affiliate links. See our disclosure about affiliate links here.) Too Short of a Tour It was hard to ignore the cameraman just outside the U-505 submarine exhibit entrance. […]

More About the U-505

U-505 German submarine

I scheduled a trip to the Museum to see the U-505 on a Monday – after Labor Day – so that the crowds would be a bit smaller. The trip downtown, however, was agonizingly slow. It was raining that particular morning (one of the few storms that we had experienced all season long) and it […]

The Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Just like many of you – in fact, many thousands of you – I first paid a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago when I was a kid. I don’t remember whether I was in Mrs. Carter’s 4th-grade class or Mr. Johnson’s 6th grade class or whether I went with my […]