Road Trip 2018: End

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Hernando, Florida to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 1,360 Miles

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, July 9th – End

Stop 1 | Stop 2 | Stop 3 | Stop 4 | Stop 5|Stop 6

On July 9th, Day 22 of my trip, 3 full weeks on the road since leaving Florida, I finally crossed the state line into Wisconsin.

Some road trip statistics:

14 Cities

10 State & National Parks

6 States

5 Museums

4 Historic Homes

3 Civil War Battlefields

2 Native American Sites

1 World Famous Aquarium

Sheboygan, a small city of ~50,000 people right on Lake Michigan, was my home for a little over 4 months while I worked on the first project of my archaeological career.  At first I was apprehensive, but I came to really enjoy my time there.  I made some great friends, learned a lot, & generally had a fantastic adventure.  Sheboygan is a really pretty town, & I explored all of it on foot.  There were days when I walked several miles, just seeing what was around the next corner or over the next hill.  I discovered weird public art, found Bigfoot, & read all the graffiti on the lighthouse (spoiler: there’s a lot!).  They also have the most incredible library – whenever I got tired of my hotel room I would just go there & hang out like it was my living room.  Ever since I left I get automated text messages about how much the library misses me & I’m always like “I miss you too!” 😥  In September I made it up to Manitowoc for Sputnikfest, the Rahr-West Art Museum that sponsors it is wonderful & has a great collection of Soviet propaganda (among many other things).  My trip up to Door County in October was stunning, the gales of November brought snow & ice, then just when it was getting to where I really didn’t want to be that cold anymore it was time to close things down for the winter & head back home to Florida.  Overall I loved my time in Wisconsin & I look forward to getting back there someday!

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The Last Three Months in Awkwardness

Welp, I’m down to the home stretch of my time in Sheboygan (maybe at some point I’ll post the half-finished piece on my 3-week road trip up here…who knows, miracles do happen). It’s been a stressful, weird, wild ride & as much as I’ve come to enjoy this town, my job, & my new friends, I’m looking forward to getting back to Florida & resting up for a while.  For probably like a week before I get bored.

I’ve finally crawled out from under my rock & gotten a Twitter account, so you can follow me there, Facebook, Instagram, and/or YouTube if you want to.

Winter plans include trying to learn a new language (again), adding some blog posts about past travel experiences, video games, sleeping, having a real refrigerator & oven, paying down student loans, visiting family, uploading some new stock imagery, and just generally being warm & stuff.  (I forgot what cold is like.  Also the sun goes down at 4:30 here once daylight savings time ends.)

Some unique Sheboygan weirdness to brighten your day:

I found this under a bridge; it’s like 4 feet across so not a small undertaking & I seriously have no idea what’s going on in this image or why it’s there – graffiti?  City-sponsored art project?  Who are these people?  Why do they have a monkey skull wearing a top hat?  The world may never know.