The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Aviation Museum is a unique museum that displays historic, antique and experimental aircrafts. The EAA brings in almost one million people to Oshkosh the last week in July each year. Red wanted so badly to catch a ride on one of the experimental aircrafts. Some though were just too big for Red to jump in so Red had to stay put on the floor next to some of the other historic planes in the museum. It was truly fascinating learning the history and importance of these aviation inventions and it was a stop Red highly recommends to others who find them selves in Oshkosh, WI.
Innkeepers of the Franklin Street Inn made sure that the Red Chair spent time down by Fox River riverfront at Lutz Park to learn all about and view the unique locks. The Fox River and its locks system are the only available network for transporting large quantities of commercial goods prior to the railroad. Once the locks were opened, the area economy boomed, and 24 steamers per week came to port in Appleton by 1857.
The Red Chair also learned about the power of the river and the various dams built in the area to harness the power from the river. Appleton became a national leader in developing hydroelectric power for incandescent lighting to local homes and businesses. The Vulcan Hydroelectric Central Station boasts several first, including the first commercially successful electric trolley system, which operated in Appleton from 1886-1930.
Red took some time to read about the history of the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway that linked Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. The Waterway allowed boats to bring new settlers, as well as manufactured goods, more readily to Appleton and the Fox Valley region as well as other parts of Wisconsin. Narrow steamboats were specially built to navigate the river’s narrow and often overgrown channels back then.
Red loved visiting Appleton and learning all about the Fox River and its locks system as well as other firsts in hydroelectricity and the many influences the Fox River has had on Appleton and the Fox Cities.
Late April in Manawa, WI and the Red Chair is all about being outside and loving the longer days full of sunshine! While staying at the Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast, innkeepers Judy and Tim suggested Red check out the nearby Wolf River, Little Wolf River Walking Trail and the Pat Wade Memorial Trail. Wolf river offers all kinds of fun activities from fishing to kayaking and canoeing, plus in the summer whitewater rafting is available! The walking trails offer several miles of walking trails that wind through the beautiful areas in and around Manawa. For our Red it was a great opportunity to enjoy the spring weather and get to experience an exciting new place.
Less than one mile from the Pleasant View Bed and Breakfast lies the scenic Old Abe State Trail. This abandoned railroad grade was transformed into a paved twenty mile trail that connects the Lake Wissota State Park and the Brunet Island State Park in Cornell, WI. This trail is a great hiking, biking, horseback riding and walking trail that winds through agricultural and forest land while following the undeveloped shoreline of the Chippewa River. Red loved watching the abundance of wildlife, scenic beauty and exploring the many historical sites along the trail! See more pictures and details about Red's stay in Chippewa Falls here!
Our latest leg of the Red Chair journey kicked off at the Phipps Inn Bed and Breakfast in Hudson, Wisconsin in April 2017. As we all know in the hospitality biz breakfast is key to a great stay and let me say Phipps Inn Bed and Breakfast did not disappoint! Red loved morning coffee in Bridget's Suite with new friends and the lavish breakfasts served each morning. As Red always says, a great adventure begins with an amazing breakfast...
Who doesn't love when the days get longer and the sunlight lingers later into the evening each day? The Red Chair is experiencing sunset in a whole new way in Alaska! Waiting for sunset, on its first night at the Ocean Bluff Bed and Breakfast in Kasilof, the Red Chair had plenty of time to admire the stunning views of the three active volcanoes across Cook Inlet. This is the time of year Alaska's sunset occurs at about 11pm! Visiting during the months of May through September expect to experience significantly longer days than anywhere else in the US.
West Chester Lagoon was one busy place! How can a place with so much activity seem to peaceful? Here the trail intersects Anchorage's famous Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. There were many joggers, walkers, some skate boarders, and bicyclists. Innkeepers of the Camai Bed and Breakfast and the Red Chair stopped to watch a beautiful bald eagle perched in a nearby tree. Red posed for a picture beside the Lagoon while watching a family of ducks and the Chugach Mountains in the background. This is why it was one of Red's favorite place to explore!
The Red Chair and the innkeepers of Bear Lake Lodgings Bed and Breakfast spent one whole day riding along the highway that connects Seward and Anchorage, which is named on of the top 10 Best Scenic Highways in the USA. Red agrees! It kept asking to pull over because the views were breathtaking and the animals quite unique to Alaska were out in full force. Located right off of the highways is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center - dually purposed for offering land mammal viewing and education research programs. Here the Red Chair came face to face with a native Grizzly bear, with a fence in between them of course!
We love when the Red Chair Travels has the opportunity to try something it has never done before! When visiting the innkeeper of Clair's Bed and Breakfast in Ladner, BC the Red Chair had the chance to learn a new game, Lawn Bowling or it is also known as Bocci. You need a grassy area, a few wooden balls and a smaller ball to play. The goal, get your wooden balls as close as possible to the smaller ball. Being a chair, Red of course needed a bit of help but hey beginners luck was on its side, as well as one of the club members! The Ladner Lawn Bowling club was organized in 1916 and is the oldest club south of the Fraser. It was extremely interesting to see old pictures and hear the stories, definitely a cool spot to check out. It was a fun game and Red cannot wait to play again, it promises to be even better next time.
Kitty Islet was one of the Red Chair's favorite stops with the innkeepers of the Oak Bay Guest House in Victoria, BC, Canada. Like the Red Chair these colorful additions to Kitty Islet had a unique start to their fame. Now they are often searched out, photographed and well known by many who enjoy a front row seat to a spectacular view. Check out how the interesting story of how these two colorful chairs originated here: http://bit.ly/1SBSa8D
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