Wisconsin Capitol Building in Madison

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We quickly worked to get ready for the day and on our way to Madison.

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The directions from Neenah were nearly a strait line, and as you can see, even once in Madison there were no turns necessary. Only drive straight, straight to the Capitol.

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There were two other Oregonian cars in the visitor parking structure. We appreciated this guy’s plates.

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Our now-tradition of the Capitol building family selfie.

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The building was fabulously beautiful, and seemed short after the Illinois Capitol building. I liked its all granite exterior. The inside had marble from several different states and six countries. A lot of which have since been quarried to extinction making them completely priceless.

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The park or Capitol grounds were filled with people at lunch time eating their lunches in small groups and office people out on walks for exercise. It made the Capitol feel more accessible and an actual part of the daily lives of Wisconsin’s people.

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The Capitol is nearly surrounded by water as there are lakes on either side with a fairly skinny land bridge between on which the Capitol has been built.

20140813-212141-76901214.jpg The resources of Wisconsin painting from before it was the dairy state.

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Our guide.

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court will be in session while we are here and the public may attend the cases.

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We got to sit in the senator’s seats and Caleb, by chance, sat in the seat of the head senator (I forgot the actual title for this position).

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I love the skylights.

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The senator’s parlor.

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Down on the floor of the House of Representatives.

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I’m ready to vote.
Here is a picture of Old Abe a Wisconsin Civil War mascot

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It is actually a Jr. The original one burned in the Capitol fire in 1904. But this one has been sitting on this perch since abound 1908 and is an actual taxidermied bald eagle that a farmer found dead in a field and brought in to the Capitol as a reminder of the real hero of The Civil War.

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There were beautiful views of the city from the fourth floor observation deck.

20140813-214453-78293969.jpg Also another surprise was a hidden away museum up in the Capitol not too far below the dome.

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We found a park by which we could enjoy the water and let the kids get out some energy.

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This little guy kept walking circles around my bracelet over and over again.

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We sat under a chestnut tree which made us think about Aunt Vicki and Uncle John.

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Myra and I went for a walk after dinner. The scenery is so different here than in New Mexico both beautiful. I enjoyed Myra’s quiet companionship and the time by myself to process the day, life, goals, my Jesus and the big picture.

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Out of our reading from “Pilgrims Progress” today. I know this is true and may I take it to heart and remember it when I am making little decisions all day, big decisions, when I am going through hard places, and when I am tempted to take the easy way out.

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-Goodnight-

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