Going west out of Baraboo leads to Rock Springs. The roadside scenery is fantastic. I pull off the road to get these photos because I am truly struck by the beauty of this place.
As you come into town on your right side is the sign for the large cats rescue.
You go past the Village Hall.
Over a bridge before reaching the turn that takes you to Van Hisen Rock. This charming Village is filled with so much character and the people are very kind and welcoming. Our first stop is the quaint well kept popcorn stand.
I never carry much cash on hand and was trying to figure out what a could afford to get him. The lady ahead of us told the popcorn maker “Give the change to the boy.” God bless her.
Felix chose some laffy taffy and we thanked her for being so kind.
I talked with this elderly couple who really liked the van and the story behind it. They told me where to find “the rock” and wished us good things just as we did for them
I drove through the town to take photos as I went. I always stop and park safely before snapping pics.
The community center.
Community village garden.
The side of the Community Center has a beautiful murial painted depicting the town.
There is a nice restaurant across the street from here.
There is a nice gas station across from the building below, where we stopped to use the restroom and pick up something to eat and drink.
We headed out of town on this corner.
It’s beautiful here. I will definitely come back in the fall to hike at Ableman’s Gorge.
We love this place.. It’s like we landed in Oz.
We find “the big rock”.
Just kidding. That’s not it.
This is a smaller version. There are high rugged cliffs on both sides of us.
Here is the Van Hise Boulder.
We walk back to the van.
Turn back toward town to park across from the natural spring water that is free for the taking. A woman comes to my van and tells me her husband is farming and would I please come to their farm so hecan get a photo with Levi. I say where is your place. Just a few minutes around the corner.
I say ok and but I need to snap some photos of the well. I cross the sttreet and find s beautiful sight…pure clean water shoots out of the well. Many people come here to get water
There is a river that runs behind it.
A no poop no pee zone.
And of course some wild flowers.
I turn my van around to follow Rachel…that is her name. As she’s driving, she turns by the farm but contines way back thru fields. I start to feel uncomfortable. I had just pictured that we were going to their house.
This farm is a beautiful piece of land. I snap photos along the way.
At last we get to the field where the farmer is working hard, making hay.
She is so excited as she tells him she has a surprise for him in the van. You can feel the love between this couple. Her eyes are full of light and her face beautiful with joy, he appears to be a good man. He really smiles when he sees Levi. I take a pic of them together.
He kindly gives Levi a handful of his freshly cut hay. Levi loves it. I ask for a selfie to put on my blog and we take one. Look at those smiles!
I grab another armful of hay and throw it in by Levi before I drive back out. It smells like sweet perfume to me. I love the smell of fresh cut hay. Pics on our way out.
The corner by their farm.
The road back to Rock Springs.
I reach the downtown intersection. Theres a park to my left.
I snap a photo of the building.
Turn the corner to the left and park on top of the hill. Then take pics of the bridge, and river.
There is an interesting tree I photograph right at the top of the hill. It has orange flowers on it.
I pull the van forward and the garden I see on my right nearly takes my breath away. It is by far my favorite I’ve come across during these travels.
Felix is having fun throwing stones.
Time to head home. But first Felix has some old fashioned fun.