Lunar Eclipse 4-15-14

In Madison WI we were SO lucky the sky finally cleared so we could see the eclipse!  It was a cold 22 degrees when I was out but worth it. Enjoy!

Lunar Eclipse Collage

Moon 10 totality crop

What a GREAT way to start the morning :)


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Port Washington – Wisconsin Harbor Town


Port Washington signCircle Tour sign

 Port Washington  is a charming harbor community of 11,500 on the shores of Lake Michigan, about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. Al was here when he was a teen, but I had never been there before.  Port Washington also is part of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, something we hope to do someday. We had already been to several cities on the tour:  Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and  Sturgeon Bay. It was time for lunch, and we saw a Brat(wurst) Fry in a parking lot.  We stopped and got a couple. Brat Fry Shopko ExpressBrat Fry Brat Fry Port Washington


This Brat Fry was put on by the Port Gridiron Club. They were delicious! Thanks guys for a great lunch :)

Lunch done, we headed to the 1860 Light Station and Museum on St. Mary’s Hill.  The view offered a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, looking blue as the ocean.

1860 Light Station Port Washington


View from St. Mary's Hill


We also took a look at St. Mary’s Church, a beautiful church that overlooks the city’s historic downtown.

St. Mary's Church in Port Washington


We went down the hill to see downtown and the Breakwater Light House. You can see the church overlooking downtown.

Port Washington downtown

As we walked toward the Marina, we saw this historic marker.

Wisconsin Chair Co. Fire marker


A view of the Marina, with the control building in view. There are many Fishing Charters for hire. In fact, we saw a boat full of fishermen heading out into the lake.

Port Washington Marina


Port Washington Fishing

Afternoon or a cloudy day is the best time to see the light house so the sun hits the west side of it.  It contrasted with the blue sky perfectly!

Breakwall Light House

Selfie time!

Greetings From Port Washington

There were many interesting businesses downtown. A Duluth Trading Company. It is in the former Smith Brothers Fish Shanty building. The sign was left up as it is an iconic part of the historic building.  The other other brick and mortar store is in Mt. Horeb.

Duluth Trading Company and Smith Fish Shanty

Also Vines to Cellar Winery.

Vines to Cellar Winery PW


To look sharp lakeside, Anchor Menswear has great clothes.

Anchor Menswear

Victor’s Pier Street Shanty Restaurant.

Victor's Pier Street Shanty

Dockside Deli, near marker we saw.

Dockside Deli


Our last stop was Bernie’s Fine Meats, great meats made on site. Brats and sausages for the grill!  Friendly staff there, they will happy slice meat to order :)   Also a selection of wine and beer. We got a pound of summer sausage to bring home, yum!



Bernie's Fine Meats inside


We enjoyed our visit to Port Washington and the quaint Marine atmosphere made us feel right at home.


West Bend Court House Museum


Court House Monument

West Bend Historic Courthouse

Court House Square

We had just enough time to take a self-guided tour of the historic West Bend Court House Museum.   For adults admission is $5.00 each.  You can tour both the Court House and the former Jail for $7.00 each. It is just beautiful inside as it is outside.  This is the view from the staircase in the lobby.

Courthouse  lobby

 There are MANY exhibits, and more are in the works! Here is an old technology exhibit.

Old Technology exhibit

 Dental office display.

Early Dental Office

West Bend Bank Teller Booth.

West Bend Bank booth

West Bend Bank History

Even a trapper and Native American display.  There is a Wigwam too!

Animal Pelts


Military Room on the main floor.

Military Room

Military Room display

The former courtroom is open for viewing too, and it can be reserved for events.


The three windows above the judge’s desk are actually stained glass.


There is also a beautiful doll house exhibit.

Zinn Doll House history

Zinn Doll House

That about concludes our tour, don’t forget to stop in the gift shop for a souvenir on the main floor.

Court House Gift Shop

There is Veteran’s memorial on the grounds outside also.

West Bend Vet's Memorial

Freedom Memorial

We had a great visit here, well worth the time for both tours. Next time we will see the jail next door.  West Bend is a city rich in history, a great place to visit!Court House long shot