|NORTHERN GREAT LAKES VISITOR CENTER|
|...YOU WILL FIND IT ALL HERE|
|NEW GOLF COURSE WEDDING PAVILION|
|...WITH AWSOME VIEW OF CHEQUAMEGON BAY|
Wednesday, 9:00 AM. 54 degrees F, wind WNW, calm. The sky is mostly overcast with high thin gray clouds, the humidity is 54% and the barometer predicts rain. Maybe by tonight.
Yesterday we all (except for buddy, who deserved a rest) went to the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, which is located just west of Ashland on Hwy 2. It is a fine facility with excellent natural and cultural history and visitor orientation displays (some maybe a little too politically correct).
Allison liked the interactive mining display the most, since she could push the plunger on the dynamite detonator box and set off a big explosion (pretty realistic, especially at the four-year-old perception level). Lunch along the lake front parks topped things off.
Art and Joan took the evening off and attended the Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” at the golf course, which has a new wedding venue; an outdoor/indoor pavilion with full service for weddings and special events. It is a beautiful setting, overlooking the golf course and its spectacular vistas of Chequamegon Bay. Famous Dave’s Barbecue delivered food all the way from Hayward and we were not disappointed.
Leslie and Allison are flying back to Texas on Friday and we all still have lots of things to do before their too-soon departure.
Former Presidential Adviser Karl Rove made a statement yesterday which I believe was a slip of the tongue, but a truthful one none–the-less; he said, “…I have lived the American experiment…”
So have I, so have we all, Karl. More than a dream, America is an experiment. It has been from its beginnings, and two centuries and more later it is still that. Every day we awake to that experiment and live it, it is an experiment in freedom, faith and independence. The old ways would have us awake every morning to pay fealty to the lord of the manor, the king, the bishop, the emperor, the Fuehrer or some other overwhelming, over-weaning governmental presence. Ours is a different path, that may be hard to walk, but leads to far better places.
The independence…political, philosophical, financial…of every individual is still an experiment that we enter into and fight for every day of our lives as free Americans, and that will never change. It is a struggle, daily, to remain free. That is our challenge, that is our opportunity, that is our destiny.
There is no earthly utopia , no nanny state that can solve all our problems. There are only degrees of freedom or slavery, and we live the experiment anew each day.