August 6, 2011

Driving in Colorado and crossing the Mississippi from Iowa into Wisconsin.

33 comments:

Karl said...

That cheese and seafood place you passed up in Prairie du Chien sells fantastic smoked fish of many species.

We took the easy road & bought salmon. But we could of had catfish, buffalo-fish, sturgeon, carp, and ... snapping turtle.

Looks like the Welcome to Wisconsin greeter was re-deployed to State Fair Park.

ironrailsironweights said...

Nice video.

Peter

MikeinAppalachia said...

Nice music, great car, nice scenery, and back safe. What could be better?

edutcher said...

You can take the kids out of the 60s, but you can't take the 60s out of the kids.

Looks like a nice ride.

When The Blonde and I drove out to see my sister, we crossed the Mississippi from IA into NE at Omaha and then went through WY.

That slice of the country in the foothills of the Rockies is gorgeous.

Glad you're back.

Hope you had fun - whatever it is you did and wherever you went.

Carol_Herman said...

The Mississippi! The mighty Mississippi. Instead of song, you should have been listening to Mark Twain's autobiography, Volumn 1. On tape. He didn't allow it's publicaton until he was dead 100 years.

Steamboats. Began shugging in 1840. And, by the time 1900 rolled around ... no more lore of Mississippi Riverboard Captains.

Twain said a riverboat captain knew the Mississippi like the back of his hand! They'd test their pilots on what to expect at the next turn. On a river that changes with rains.

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America's Politico said...

Prof. you sure do live a charm life. I bet you are an envy of all law professors. Congrats, or something.

Would you consider a job in the OB2 admin in the DoJ or in the WH council office?

lewsar said...

i70 east bound climbing vail pass. i've driven that road once or twice.

heh. or maybe three times.

Carol_Herman said...

Odd. How cars are missing. You'd think in a town with a 25 MPH speed limit, there would be lots of traffic. But there's hardly any.

There aren't even many pleasure boats out on the Mississippi. Where's everybody?

When Americans first took to the road ... 1920's? 1930's? The roads filled up! We had cars on Route #66 ... bumper to bumper ... on rides I took as a child. From Brooklyn into the Catskills.

When you decided to film was it at some point where traffic thinned?

Am I missing the bigger picture?

ricpic said...

Connecting With The Country

You drive awhile,
Then you stop and look at a river;
Then you drive some more and look at another river:
The expurgated version.
In the unexpurgated version
(If you're like me)
You pee in a river:
Makes for a deeper connection.

edutcher said...

Carol_Herman said...
Odd. How cars are missing. You'd think in a town with a 25 MPH speed limit, there would be lots of traffic. But there's hardly any.

There aren't even many pleasure boats out on the Mississippi. Where's everybody?

When Americans first took to the road ... 1920's? 1930's? The roads filled up! We had cars on Route #66 ... bumper to bumper ... on rides I took as a child. From Brooklyn into the Catskills.

When you decided to film was it at some point where traffic thinned?

Am I missing the bigger picture?


Go down to the nearest gas station and look at the price of gas.

At which point, I'm sure you'll want to join me in advising Miss Ann against "a job in the OB2 admin in the DoJ or in the WH council office".

Not even Axelrod and Plouffe are drinking AP's Kool-Aid.

Carol_Herman said...

edutcher, I know the price of gas. I'm the one that calls what I'm seeing the ZOMBIE ECONOMY. No life. No ups. No downs No jobs. No easy commision sales. It's all gone, now.

But I didn't expect to see the highway so bereft of traffic. I thought somewhere there are families out for a drive.

Sure. I expected to see more activity at least on the Mississippi! I believed I'd see Tom Sawyer. And, other kids. Swimming about. And, people will sail boats ... looking for a bit of wind. To travel upstream. And, down.

No can see. Sad.

Ambrose said...

Nice video. Great country we have here.

edutcher said...

Carol_Herman said...

edutcher, I know the price of gas. I'm the one that calls what I'm seeing the ZOMBIE ECONOMY. No life. No ups. No downs No jobs. No easy commision sales. It's all gone, now.

But I didn't expect to see the highway so bereft of traffic. I thought somewhere there are families out for a drive.


50 - 60% of people said they intended to cut back their vacation plans due to the price of gas. It's why the price has levelled off. Demand isn't as much as usual.

A lot of businesses dependent on the summer trade will go under because of this.

Fred4Pres said...

Road trips are awesome. I love them.

chickenlittle said...

An erotic hymn for liberals who believe that money grows on trees like leaves:

Bringing in the leaves,
Bringing in the leaves,
We shall come rejoicing, shaking loose the trees
[everybody now]
Bringing in the leaves,
bringing in the leaves,
We shall come rejoicing, shaking loose the trees


_________

Bonus track: The Titus version:

Bringing forth the loaves,
bringing forth the loaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing forth the loaves

[repeat]

chickenlittle said...

I've loved paddlewheel riverboats since I was a kid. I used to build scale models of them--from Fulton's "Clermont" to a full-on "Floating Opera." I used to know many of their strangely named parts by heart.

Disney built one too--the "Mark Twain" which was the first steam powered river boat built after a 50 year hiatus. In a sense, he kept a lost art alive.

chickenlittle said...

John Fogerty wrote Proud Mary. Ike and Tina covered it.

Irene said...

Happy!

Carol_Herman said...

Ann, when you talk "cheese" are you only talking cheddar?

Fen said...

/via Insty

Obama pwned

Fen said...

/via Gateway Pundit

"One day after lowering the nation’s platinum triple-A credit rating, Standard & Poor’s analysts warned Saturday that the U.S. government could face a second downgrade if the economy continues to struggle and the government fails to make the cuts outlined in the debt ceiling agreement"


http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

Impeach DHOTUS. Before its too late. It may already be.

chickenlittle said...

"A falling tide beaches the yachts first"

(Imaginary remark by President Obama to Paul Krugman, August 2011)

Chuck66 said...

I was in Prairie du Chien today (across from Marquette).

You should stop at Starks sporting goods and liquor store. There slogan? Mixing booze and guns since 1944.

LASunsett said...

Never been to Wisconsin. Maybe someday I will check out the Dells.

traditionalguy said...

Welcome home.

Do classes start tomorrow?

NYTNewYorker said...

@Carol_Herman, I was boating on Peconic Bay LI last weekend. Perfect weather, height of the season.

We were porgy fishing and there were almost no other boats to be seen. The bay was empty except for the occasional boat using the Shinnecock canal to transit north and south.

This country is in lock down mode, nobody is moving or spending. It's like the realization of what has happened these past 2 years is becoming clear for those that can see and the people now are watching and waiting to see just how bad it will be.

WV: whallapp- What Obama has done to the greatest nation on earth.

ndspinelli said...

Dubuque..abandoned buildings and casinos..Atlantic City on the Mississippi.

Robert said...

Never eat seafood in a Midwestern state. I learned that hard lesson in Columbus, OH, when on a residency interview in the late 80s.

ndspinelli said...

I should have watched the video..my bad. Marquette, Iowa..two bars, an old hotel, and a casino. The Reno of Iowa.

ndspinelli said...

Robert, you are so right about Midwest seafood. However, people look @ you like your a left/right coast snob when you speak the truth. I've taken Midwesterners to fish markets on both coasts and they are shocked that fresh fish smells like the ocean, not like a can of fucking tuna that's sat on the counter for 5 days.

Robert said...

ndspin:

I am in Seattle. I don't know about snob, since the city is liberal enough to make Madison look centrist, and I definitely lean the other way.

Most of the seafood in the nicer restaurants here was caught early morning the same day. When a restaurant starts out with quality like that it's harder to do a bad job on the final product.

ndspinelli said...

Robert, I'm obviously speaking to the choir on seafood. My brother was a chef in Boston @ some great restaurants. Chefs establish relationships w/ fishing captains, getting the "top of the boat" and paying extra. Those boats go out several days and the top of the boat was caught that day..bottom is a few days old. You can tell the difference and it's worth more.

Some smaller restaurants have sport fisherman come in and sell their morning catches for some extra cash. These smaller places can't afford the top of the boat but can afford paying sports fisherman for their morning catch. When I explain to Midwesterners it's like sweet corn..picked that morning is exponentially better than 2-3 days old, they sort of get it.