Saturday, August 22, 2009

More Wisconsin

Lest you think I never offer anything educational, Ron and I went to see the world's largest ginseng root at Hsu's Ginseng in Wausau. At 2.04 lbs, this root holds a Guinness World Record. And at $200 a pound, Ron and I are going to start combing the woods for ginseng! Here's the prize specimen preserved in vodka!

Here's my question, if vodka can be used as a preservative, why does it destroy peoples' livers?

Here's Ron holding the model so you can get an idea of the size.

Also in Wausau, we were impressed by this collection of gasoline signs. This picture was taken four days ago and was the last time we would see blue sky until today.

So what we saw was a lot of this. . .

On Thursday, we arrived at Two Lakes CG, a lovely National Forest CG in northern Wisconsin. It sits between two lakes, Owen and Bass, and has sites big enough for Bob and Donna's 40' RV plus 30' trailer!

When we arrived, the first thing we did was unhitch and take the car to all 95 sites, looking for the perfect one. Isn't this what everybody does? In our case, we look for sun for the solar panels and, if possible, a clear view of the southern sky for the satellite TV. When I explained this to the campground host, he said he had never heard of somebody doing that. "Really?!?," I exclaimed incredulously. However I noticed that they had satellites for both TV and internet.

After waiting out the rain and cold (did we come north too late?), today we awoke to gorgeous sunshine and this lovely view out the front window.

Trying to make up for lost time, we hiked the trail around Bass Lake in the morning and dusted off the kayaks and kayaked it in the afternoon.

We saw a Kingfisher and lots of Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. (That name always makes me laugh.)

And this guy who seems to be asking, "Are you looking at me?"


  1. Those FS people just do not understand. We want to be in the forest, but not the trees!

  2. I love the barn with all the signs.

  3. I wish I had known you were in Wausau. We could have met up. We are having an unusal cool spell right now. This week will be warmer. We really enjoy your blog. We are heading out today for northern Minnesota. Happy travels to you.

  4. BTW... If you get by Green Bay go north east on 57 to Door County (pennisula of WI) This area is known as the Hamptons of the Midwest. It is beautiful up there. Fisk Creek is where my husbands family is from. Infact his ancestors were the first white settlers in Door County. Just a thought for you to pnder. Enjoy!

  5. I agree, Door County is something special. I think fall is coming early everywhere. Stay warm!