Sunday, August 20, 2006

On the Road Again....

I can't believe August is more than half over, and I haven't updated the blog. I should've known it would be a busy month! And here's how it started - with another road trip. This time the destination was Savanna, Illinois, for a work meeting. I took my own car, and was able to stop at a few roadside attractions, including "The Dickeyville Grotto" in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. This is my second grotto of the year, and it is quite expansive, with separate small grottos covering all of the churchyard, cemetery, and schoolyard. It was built in the 1920's by a Catholic priest, Father Wernerus, who died in 1931. Again, the themes are religion and patriotism, but this grotto also has much more of a park-like or garden atmosphere. Here is a detail of the top railing of the shrine "Patriotism in Stone." This series of anchors went completely around a large semi-circular area. This grotto also had more unusual fossils than in others I've seen, including sea urchins, eels, and other creatures. Where does one find sea urchins in Southwestern Wisconsin?

Places like this continue to amaze me. That they were built by people with little or no engineering skills is one thing. That they are still standing after more than 80 years is another. In our harsh Wisconsin winters, the freeze/thaw action wreaks havoc on even the most common concrete surfaces. Why these structures have not crumbled to pieces is truly a marvel. They inspire my creative spirit to no end. They give me this...

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I had some catching up to do. It is fun to read about and see pictures of your projects and travels. Your observations about life and insight related to the journey are invaluable...touchpoints for those of us reading and experiencing similar challenges. Thank you! Cousin Deb