Pictures of the Week – Friday, June 1st

We certainly covered a lot of ground in May! We started the month in Louisville, then meandered our way across 9 more states (West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, & finally Iowa), seeing lots of friends and family along the way. Today we head into Minnesota for a visit with even more friends.

The last week has only taken us through 3 states – Illinois, Wisconsin, & Iowa. We visited the Windy City, then the southern portion of Wisconsin, and finally the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa. We continue to be blown away by the beautiful farmland all across the U.S.

Before we jump into this week’s favorite pictures, we want to say a special thank you to all the folks who have hosted us in their homes or for a meal since we left Louisville. Thus, a big thank you to Chetan & Rupali (and of course, Suriya), Joan, Jay & Toni, Pat, Doug & Julie, Jenn (& Tom, Cameron & John Michael), Mike & Meg, John & Kris, Thom, Jean, Zach & Hannah, Holly, Wade & Alex, and Andy & Corinne. We appreciated the hospitality and greatly enjoyed the chance to catch up!! (Knox appreciated it too even if he snarled, growled or snapped at you – we promise!)

Old Meets New

Chicago is an incredible city. There are great museums & tourist attractions, multiple professional sports teams, and tons of amazing restaurants, from world class fine dining establishments to tasty little hole-in-the-walls. It is the epitome of an urban cultural center, but it has a lot of history and industry, too – which you may not see if you only visit the downtown touristy area.

Last Friday, we spent a good portion of the day walking along the streets of Chicago. When we were walking from downtown back to Little Italy, Edie snapped this shot looking back at the city as we crossed the Chicago River. We love the industrial-looking building in the foreground with the skyscrapers towering in the background. As cosmopolitan as Chicago is, there are still plenty of reminders of the working-class world that got the city where it is today.

Claims to Fame

We had a blast in Wisconsin! Not only did we get to spend time with friends and family, but we got to go exploring in a few little towns in the south central portion of the state…where we found quite a number of hidden gems. We visited the only producer of Limburger cheese in the U.S. where we got to sample the uniquely fragrant delicacy. We also saw the Biggest Urinal in the Midwest during a trip to New Glarus.

The strange looking creature in the picture above graced the streets of Mount Horeb, WI – the Troll Capital of the World. We loved the way the town embraced its claim to fame. Business names involved trolls. There were troll carvings all along Main Street. Clearly the residents were proud of their reason for notoriety!

If You Build It, They Will Come

Technically, “they” doesn’t refer to us here, but we definitely did come to Iowa to visit the Field of Dreams!

Tucked away in the farmland of Dyersville, Iowa, is the filming site for the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. There is no cost to visit the site, and they’ll even let you out on the diamond to field a few balls, hit one into the cornfields or run the bases. If you’re a big fan, there’s a gift shop with plenty of items to help you spend some money, too.

We loved this shot of the site not only for the vivid colors and picturesque Iowa farmhouse & fields, but because it is undeniably a piece of our childhood and a great part of American popular culture. Any kid who grew up in the Eighties knows the phrase “If you build it, they will come!”