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Midwest travel and interesting places

Thirsty Whale on the lake

The Thirsty Whale is a lakeside bar & grill on Lake Minocqua in Wisconsin. Arrive by boat, car or on foot for a good burger and beer. This is an old commercial boathouse on the lake and is an interesting place to visit. I remember it from 50’s and 60’s as an old boat livery where boats are repaired and docked. This is a very scenic area be sure to stop by.

The Atheneum

New Harmony, Indiana

The Atheneum was designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier and serves as the visitor center for New Harmony, Indiana and the surrounding region. Named for Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and the arts, the Atheneum features an orientation film, communal history exhibits and an observation deck. Tours of historic New Harmony are available from the Atheneum daily from March 15 through December 30.

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New Harmony’s Roofless Church

Roofless Church

An architectural monument designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. The non-denominational church is open to the public and operated under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. It was commissioned by the late Jane Blaffer Owen, founder of the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation and a New Harmony resident passionate about preserving nature. Johnson and Owen envisioned a church where the only roof large enough to encompass a world of worshippers was the sky. The church was dedicated in 1960. Today, in addition to being a tourist attraction, the Roofless Church is a popular site for weddings and other sacred ceremonies.

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DOC

B-29 Superfortress "DOC"

Doc is a B-29 Superfortress and one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II. Since 1987 when Tony Mazzolini found Doc on sitting and rotting away in the Mojave Desert, plans have been in the works to restore the historic warbird to flying status to serve as a flying museum.

Over the past 15+ years, hundreds of volunteers have worked on Doc and the restoration project. Skilled workers and retirees from Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems, veterans, active duty military and others wanting to honor those who served, have spent tens of thousands of hours on Doc’s restoration. Countless individuals and organizations also made financial and in-kind contributions to keep the project going.

After Doc was put through her paces for the air show audience, she was taken to a spot in the middle of the crowd for a close-up and personal look. Be sure to visit air shows for for opportunities to see these types of planes.

The Beacons’ Boathouse

Northern Wisconsin and Minocqua, Wisconsin in particular is the land of boathouses. This boathouse, on the main part of Lake Minocqua, used to be part of a private estate and later became part of a resort called The Beacons. This and many of the Minocqua boathouses can be viewed from roads and trails around the town.

This is an early morning shot giving it the nice lighting.

Sail Boat, Fish Creek Harbor

On our way out to Green Bay we passed this moored sail boat in Fish Creek Harbor. While Fall is a quieter time in Door County there were still a few sailboats out in the channel taking advantage of a beautiful day.

This photo has been edited by a program to make it more like a painting, making it a little more interesting.

Fading of the Golden Hour

Last rays of sunshine transition from a colorful sunset to the blue sky of dusk. North Bay in Wisconsin shelters the waters of Lake Michigan so you have a slow rolling surf able to reflect the colorful sky.

A special time to take photographs is during the “golden hour,” 30 minutes before and after sunset. This allows for more colors and no harsh shadows. Next comes the “Blue Hour” when, if you have a tripod, you can capture some very special photos.

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