(Continued from Part 1)
On Sunday morning I woke up without the aid of an alarm clock. It was around 7:00am and I was ready to take on the last of my road trip as I continued to work my way home to Milwaukee. Ordinarily about a two hour drive, I decided to take my time taking the back roads through another Amish community I had previously explored.
Columbia County is a well known area for the Amish farms and merchants who have businesses established to sell their goods to "the English". (English is what they call anyone who is not Amish.) Because it was Sunday, I fully expected to see horse & buggies out on the roads as families went to church.
It was cold and foggy that morning, making photography a bit of a challenge. I did see a number of wild turkeys in several places. They are quite skiddish and often run or fly away before you can get a decent photo of them. I also saw one deer during my early morning drive, but it too was too shy to stand around long enough for me to stop the car and take a photo. So for the day, my animal photography was limited to the turkeys, some barnyard piglets and a pretty orange tabby kitty.
As much as I was disappointed by the dense fog, I was happy with the effect it had on a couple of the photos I took of Amish buggies. Using Photoshop, I was able to convert the images from what were pretty dull color photos into very stirring black & whites. Check out my photo section of this journal to see them.
Since it was Sunday, almost every Amish farm was vacant of people. That was nice in that it afforded me the opportunity to take more close up photos of their farms and schools without concern of appearing to be a stalker or some rude person taking photos of people, knowing their religion prohibits it. There were a couple of farm houses that were apparently being used for church services that day, as indicated by the number of buggies parked on the front yard and in the driveway.
After meandering around Columbia, Green Lake and Marquette Counties it was about time to make my way east and south, towards Milwaukee. With the fog lifted, I enjoyed my drive across County Line Road to Waupun. From there I headed due south until I could pick up another cross road east.
You could tell by the way people were driving, others had the same plan as me . . . be home in time for the Packers’ game. Many were speeding way too fast, or weaving between the slower moving vehicles. Later that night, our local news covered a bad accident involving a fatality right in an area I had passed through about an hour before the wreck. They said speed was involved – big surprise.
I believe that we live in one of the best places in the world, where taking a weekend road trip is possible even at $4.00 per gallon. Living here in Wisconsin, I have always been amazed at how easy it is to go a short distance and find yourself out in rural farmland. While I do miss the real mountains of the eastern seaboard . . . and the waves of the ocean on the beach . . . Wisconsin is a pretty nice place to call home!
p.s. I drove 215 miles on Sunday . . . and a total 1,015 over the three days.