On Wednesday, I went with some knitting friends to Mineral Point, a small town in southwestern Wisconsin about an hour from Madison. In the 1830s the discovery of lead here caused the first "mineral rush" in the U.S. It's unusual in Wisconsin to have so many buildings made of stone, the legacy of the Cornish miners who settled here.
La Bella Vita.
The countryside in southwestern Wisconsin is hilly because it was not reached by the last glacier and the drive from Madison is scenic. It's hard to capture the rolling hills in photos, but I love how big the sky looks when you are up on a ridge. On the way home the sky was full of dramatic clouds just before we had a brief summer shower.
Pendarvis, a museum in 6 cottages built by Cornish miners. So far it has fallen into the category of places that are so close we don't get around to them, even though other visitors come long distances. One project for this summer is to enjoy some nearby adventures.