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Subj: Winter Wonderland
Date: 10/28/2002 5:44:45 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: kbwalk@mymailstation.com

Howdy Everyone!
   The last 2 days I've been enjoying the walk along Military Ridge State
Trail, which runs from Madison, WI to Dodgeville, about 40 miles.  I've
especially enjoyed all the fall foilage and hearing the leaves crunch beneath
my feet.  The cool weather and autumn air has also made the walk enjoyable --
and now this morning it's all blanketed in snow!
   Today my walk will take me to Dodgeville, home of Lands End clothing and
outdoor store.  I'm looking forward to stopping there.  Then after that I'm
heading on down to Mineral Point, where I'll stop for the night.  When I
called up the Chamber of Commerce and asked the lady if she knew of any places
to stay at, she saie "how about my house?"  So that's where I'm going.
   The two places I've stayed at the last couple days were set up by churches.
Saturday night I stayed with Dale & Mitzi Johnson in Mt Horeb.  On sunday we
went to church, and I then headed down the trail for Ridgeway.  Dan & Elsie
Williams live right along the trail, and I stayed with them last night.  Elsie
was especially interested in my story, because she's originally from
Pierceville, KS.
   Yesterday while I was walking near the little town of Blue Mounds, I found
Cave Of The Mounds, a buried treasure here in the blue hills of Wisconsin.
The hour long tour cost $12, but they let me in for free.  Cave Of The Mounds
was discovered by accident on August 4, 1939, when workers were blasting
limestone from a quarry.  The blast tore the face off the quarry and revealed
this huge underground cave.  After that all quarrying stopped and was never
resumed.  This blast revealed the cave underneath, and all its wonderful
mineral formations.  The tour was really neat, and the views were spectacular.
   I smell the bacon frying and Elsie just asked me how I wanted my eggs
cooked, so I'd better sign off.  It's going to be a great day in the snow!
Take care -- KB


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