This web site is meant to show you the state through my eyes and camera lens --- the people, the land, the culture. I invite you to browse around, and enjoy the photos and content.

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Work in progress! I have changed the theme from "Wisconsin Central" to "Wisconsin thru my eyes." The url www.wisconsincentral still applies. I will be changing the theme's headers over the days ahead. (052217)

Big Falls - Little Falls, Whatsis?


It was a very nice day in July 2017 so I decided to goof off and ride around. I didn't have any plan. After driving around aimlessly I came to the Village of Big Falls in northwestern Waupaca County. I would later learn there is a place called Little Falls just about a mile to the southeast. Big Falls is a very small community. Signs say 61, census said 57. I would later learn there is a place called Little Falls just about a mile to the southeast. Little Falls is really just a place name. It belongs to the Town of Wyoming. There is something marvelous about visiting such small villages and towns. They are usually out in a rural area, the people are almost always wonderful, and on this day I simply had a good time. January 26, 2018. Go to story.

The High Ground Veterans Memorial Park

They wrote a check to the USA, up to and including their lives


I was on my way home from the west on Hwy 10 when I came across The High Ground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville. I had heard about it, but never visited. I decided to stop and walk through the park.

The Park's introduction tells you this:

"The Memorial Park is a 155-acre manned veterans memorial park that pays tribute to the dead, and honors the survivors, their service, and their sacrifices. The Highground fulfills its mission of healing and education by bringing past lessons into our hopes for the future. The Highground seeks to continue to be a focus of healing for all who come, regardless of the name of the battle which left the scars. The park includes tributes to veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf (Desert Storm to present), as well as, a National Native American Vietnam Memorial, a Military Working Dog Tribute, a Meditation Garden, a handicap accessible Treehouse, an exact replica of the Liberty Bell, Effigy Mound, a Learning Center (with a library) and 4 miles of hiking trails." November 28, 2017.
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Kinnickinnic River, crawling to the St. Croix


The Kinnickinnic River is tough to say, so most people just call it the "Kinni" for short. It's 22 miles long. It rises from the springs in St. Croix County up near I-94 southwest of Baldwin, and flows southwesterly to empty into the St. Croix River in Kinnickinnic State Park about one mile to the west of the park. She passes through River Falls, which is a fun town to visit. November 23, 2017. Go to story.

Waupaca Rail Museum --- paradise for kids


A warning to all parents visiting Waupaca with their kids, especially with young boys. This railroad museum is a paradise for them. I'm 6 years old, going on 73, and I had the time of my life in here. For starters, there were two caretakers there. They'll let you wander around on your own, or give you a tour of the place. I was glad I took the tour because they took me downstairs where they have a fabulous electric train set up and more. One of the guys turned them all on, and before I knew it trains were rolling down the tracks everywhere, on two tracks in different directions. They then took me out to a caboose and showed me around its interior. Oh yes, and an old-time car barn on the way out! What a delight. September 19, 2017. Go to story.

Dave's Falls, a chute of water between two rock faces


Dave's Falls is located in a Marinette County Park near Amberg. It is a small but narrow falls that flows between two rock faces. The falls pumps a great volume of water through a narrow chute. Park officials have left the environment alone. There are no fences or guardrails. Visitors can roam around the rocks to get a variety of views. Within the park, and on the trail to the falls, there is marvelous vegetation, placed in a small but nonetheless enchanted forest. September 14, 2017. Go to story.

Pigeon Falls, small, delightful, real


Pigeon Falls is a village in Trempealeau County with a population of about 400. Pigeon Creek meets the Trempealeau River here, and goes over a bit of a falls which now is the result of a small dam. Now, you are not visiting Milwaukee when you come to Pigeon Falls. This is a small town to be sure. It is on the eastern side the Western Upland Geographic Province of the state. I have to tell you that I had a great time here. It was mid-May, a beautiful day, and I met some locals fishing who were absolutely delightful people. Whet my lips from hunger in the local meat market, and wandered around to get the full flavor of small town Wisconsin. July 29, 2017. Go to story.

Yellowstone Trail: Transcontinental Road through Wisconsin


Back in 1912, some businessmen in South Dakota decided they wanted to create an automobile route across the US. This was long before the advent of state or federal highways. Mark Mowbry described it as a "transcontinental automobile route that ran on a patchwork of public roads supported and maintained by local businesses and groups … organized in 1912 to attract tourists traveling through towns on their way to Yellowstone Park." I came upon a small portion of it quite by accident, and learned about it again quite by accident by bumping into a man I happened to know from having done another story on a different subject. This is a story of coincidences and discovery. This will be a short story. I hope to build on it as I explore more. June 29, 2017. Go to story.

Harrison Hills


Harrison Hills in Lincoln County is only about 35 miles or so north-northeast of my home town, Wausau, yet for the 12 years I have lived here, I did not know anything about it. It is a favorite place to visit in any season. Maplets writes, "It is carved by glaciers thousands of years ago … (and) sprinkled with clear lakes, picturesque scenery, rolling hills, and moderate to difficult trails. The Harrison Hills ATV Trails flow through the lush 100,000-acre Lincoln County Forest. The trail system covers more than 40 miles and connects to the Parrish Highlands trail in Oneida County and the Langlade County trail system." I will add that it is a wonderful place if you're looking to buy a cabin, especially on the water. I was enamored with the lakes and the cabins. June 25, 2017

Hudson, the Spirit of the St. Croix


I was out in the northwestern part of the state and followed the St. Croix River from its source all the way to Prescott, where it meets the Mighty Mississippi River. Part of that trip brought me into the town of Hudson, seen by its people as the "Spirit of the St. Croix, and the Western Gateway to Wisconsin. It is the westernmost city in Wisconsin. It surely is a delightful town, on the St. Croix River, and about 16 miles due east of St. Paul, Minnesota. May 20, 2017. Go to story.

The Living Room, a fun and colorful store


On my way to Harrison Hills in northern Lincoln County, driving out of Merrill on Hwy 17, I came into Gleason and one of the most charming, colorful, fun artistic gift stores I've seen in a long time. The Living Room's building on the outside has been beaten up a bit over the years, which was the first sight to attract me. But the displays on the porch were enough to cause me to stop and pay a visit. It was worth the time, though I am sure my wife would have spent hours walking around! May 14, 2017. Go to story.

Gallery USA


New! Chadron Region, Nebraska
January 27, 2018

Gallery USA: I served 20 years in the USAF, mostly overseas, and then ran my own business for some ten years, then lost my wife to cancer, remarried, and moved to Wisconsin. So there is much of the United States I have not seen. In fact, I am a bit embarrassed that I have seen so little. Once in a while now, according to what the budget will tolerate, I manage to go out of Wisconsin to visit our wonderful country. I have found some great places and, of course, taken some interesting photography. I confess having grown up in the east, I lean toward going west! I'd like to share these with you. Visit the Gallery.