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Monday, July 8, 2013

Laura and Caddie

Hello Blog Friends,

Before I get back to the main focus of this blog, I wanted to share with you two very special places we visited on our recent trip to northwestern Wisconsin.

One is the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite.  This Wisconsin historical marker and wayside is just north of Pepin, Wisconsin.  It is the site where Laura was born and is the subject of her first book, Little House in the Big Woods.  The log cabin is a historical replica.

We also happened across the Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park.  Caddie was the daughter of John Woodhouse, who in 1857, moved his wife and their five children  from the relative comforts of Boston to 160 acres of rugged Dunn County wilderness.  Caroline's (Caddie was her nickname) granddaughter Carol Ryrie Brink based her 1935 Newberry Award winning book on her grandmother's life.  The cabin is the actual house where Caddie lived as a child.  It was moved to the park from it's original location on a nearby farm.

My case in point...these are the things you find along the roads less traveled.     Try it the next time you travel...get off the freeway, slow down, explore the area and discover unexpected treasures.  We find them all the time.
Next time an update on the Stars and Bars Runner.



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