Friday, I left Chicago on a dark and cloudy afternoon. There were occasional sprinkles but luckily no real rain for the 175 mile drive to the southwest corner of Wisconsin. Before leaving I printed out a map from Google but also had my Garmin to navigate the way. I drove about halfway on the freeway and in Beloit, Wisconsin my Garmin decided to take me the rest of the way by the scenic route.
It was a little desolate but lovely with rolling hills and farms on country roads.
In just over 3 hours I arrived at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. It's a wonderful facility housed in a cluster of historic buildings on beautiful landscaped grounds.
One of the other fantastic parts about taking classes at Shake rag Alley is it's in an architecturally beautiful small town filled with artists and galleries. I loved walking around Mineral Point and seeing all the stone buildings and houses, most of it was built in the 1800's by Cornish miners.
I had to buy a mug from the Johnston Brewery Pottery
There's a lot of deteriorating barns in Wisconsin, that are really amazing looking.
I had a pasty which is a meat pie, like a giant meat and potato empanada, that the miners used to pack for their lunch.
I bought a couple skeins of interesting yarn from Simply Scarves, although I have other ideas in mind for it than knitting.
One thing I hadn't expected to see in Wisconsin was a beautiful Japanese tea house and koi pond in the back yard of my hosts house filled with huge koi.