Fun with Rachel and DaveT (semi OT and long) (archive)
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Posted by JTP on May 23, 2001 at 17:41:05:
(posted from: d156.as2.mdsn0.wi.voyager.net (18.104.22.168))
Met up with Rachel and DaveT last night after they pulled into town. Sat and chatted at the restaurant for a while. Then headed to downtown Madison to begin our Frank Lloyd Wright tour. Saw the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Lit up over the lake it is pretty damn impressive, even for someone who sees it every weekday. Called it a night then and headed back to my house for some ZZZZs (the sleeping kind!)
Got up this morning and started my leg of their trek. Rain aside, the morning drive was enjoyable. Saw some wild turkeys (well, at least DaveT and I did!) and some deer. Got to Teliesin (FLW's home) in plenty of time for the tour. One word describes it: WOW! That guy knew what he wanted, knew what he was doing, and went for it. All three of us were more than impressed with our experience. We then raided the gift shop and lined the Zs up for the appropriate pictures.
After the tour, we stopped for lunch. Rachel and DaveT decided they had better start heading south, so we parted company at that point. Which was too bad. I continued on to Richland Center, WI, to see another FLW building. It was a very impressive warehouse that he designed in the early 1900s. It was a very imposing structure. Almost looked like it was wearing a crown. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get inside, but the windows provided some glimpse of the interior.
More importantly, I headed back to the Taliesin area after Richland Center. I stopped at drove past the grounds a couple more times, and then decided to stop at the chapel that FLW designed for his family. In the rear is the family cemetary. And wouldn't you know it, right at the front is buried FLW himself! Headstone consists of an unmarked slab of vertical limestone (like he used in much of his construction.) Around the burial site was a large ring of flat limestone formed in a ring with a diameter of about 15 feet. Flowers ringed the outside of the this stone lip. The visit to his grave site made a good culmination of my visit to FLW's homestead. Definitely a worthwhile visit.
As for the company, I think all would agree that we had a great time. Even found a restaurant that was serving food at lunchtime, right Rachel! Now if they could just do something about all that Illinois traffic coming up to Wisconsin and getting in Rachel and DaveT's way!
Finally, just wanted to verify that I deleted all pics of Skin_Mechanic's gift for Rachel before she got her fingers on my computer. So the secret remains safe! Heh Heh Heh!