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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Gallery: Snow on the Red Rocks

I was hoping for some snow and New Year’s Eve didn’t disappoint.  It snowed all day long and ended up with a couple of inches on the ground.  It’s not very cold so it’s sticking to everything and ever though it’s a little odd to see desert plants covered in snow (I wonder if they get confused?), it’s also very beautiful.  I’m used to snow softening everything, rounding out the sharp edges, but somehow it makes the mountains seem sharper.  I like winter, for the most part, but I was in Florida last year so I haven’t had it in a while.  It’s nice to get a little bit, even if it’ll probably melt tomorrow.