Monday, October 10, 2011

Do Not Pass Gas

You know how it is when
you are traveling
and you arrive at a hotel
and you are so glad to find
a room?

I have two criteria when we
are in that situation.
It has to be
and it has to be

We hit Prarie du Chien, WI,
late and checked into a
nice hotel that sat back off the
How do you attract customers
we asked-being as you are behind
the BIG CHAIN hotels~
The young man said-
Once people find us they always come back.
And so will we.
It was extra clean and quiet and safe.
Bingo!  We have a winner.
The Windsor Inn.

We ate late and fell into bed.
When I opened my curtain in the
morning I saw this...
Too bad I couldn't stay to enjoy
it for a bit but
had to drag us off to look at

Now across from BOATS
was this marvelous
water feature.
The tallest one of these is
about 25 feet tall..and
the "urn" that is overflowing
with water on the top is
about the size of a
milk can.
(It's cleverly hidden in the grass)
Cool, huh?

And look behind it!
Do you see that shabby old
piece of spire?
Looks like it was from an old church.
Don't you just love it?
The water feature sits at the edge
of this pond.
We saw some barges...

And some houses..

This one is for sale in
Winona, WI!

I SOO want to get this house
and fix it up.
How far is it?
Sigh..too far to drive
on a daily basis,
I guess.
Well, can I just have the
front door then?
I guess someone else will have to love
her back to beauty.
A bit of a drive brings us to
Lake City, MN
A beautiful town...beautiful..
But...Onward we go...
We hit a detour..
and we need gas...
seriously NEED gas...
we're a far piece out in the country...
Gas? Hmmmm...Maybe...
But~ I am SOOOOO
not going to the bathroom there...

Did I make it?
Did I find a bathroom?
Did I ever leave the gas station?
Stay tuned...
cuz...ya just never know~
your photo name


The enchanted home said...

Love this...feel like I have gone back in time and the older the get the more I want to escape into a time capsule and escape our frantic crazy chaotic world and escape to a sleepy quite genteel place.....this looks like that kind of place!!

Jettie said...

Did you get an BBQ while there, I see they serve it.....and even if you didn't go to the bathroom, you didn't say if you were hungry.

I'm glad you were able to get away, and hope he didn't drag a boat home this time.

Karen said...

LOVE that old Spire!.... did ya try the BBQ?

Anonymous said...

Riding along with you may be my only trip this year :):) beautiful sites. Oh yes, some gas station restrooms are scary. Good news on Molly, God is good. Smiles, Susie

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Well, they have a "Beer Garden" ??
Hmmm??? How does that grow???.. : )
Fun to follow along on your trip...
& Thanking God this morning for good news about your friend Molly... : )

Molly said...

You tricky lady!! I thought this was going to be a post about manners!! I loved that spire too and I'm thinking that old gas station was bound to have some moon pies in it!!

Nancy's Notes said...

Great post Diana, I'm enjoying your photographs of your interesting trip! Keep them coming! I'd love that house and front door too!

Made In The South said...

HAHA...what a funny post. I will keep reading, because like you I will not "GO" just anywhere.
While on a trip across coutry with my sister, I told her I'd rather go behind a tree, than to of some bathrooms we saw. LOL

Patty said...

I sure hope you found a bathroom in plenty of time. But - if you absolutely CAN'T find one - country bathrooms are available in many states. Just look for a couple of metal rails sticking up at the sides of bridges. If you see some, pull over. It's a nice little ladder that takes you over the side of the bridge to the ground - where you can then hike "under the bridge" for a little privacy. Of course... there may be trees where you live, but here in the flat, boring part of the country under a bridge just has to do.

KrippledWarrior said...

That's a bad cliff hanger, lady. I hope everything comes out fine.

Michele Smith said...

I am the same way!!! I will NOT sleep just anywhere and I definitely will not go potty anywhere. The area has to be clean and look safe!
Can't wait to hear how everything went!

Tete said...

I love all these photos! Love the gas station, but I wouldn't pee there either. Still, that's the way a lot of them used to look. FUN!
That fountain with the arched window thing is faabulous! You should have made John bring that home and stick it in your yard!
If I get to where I can travel, we will send John and Steve one way and we will go the other. Steve's a stick in the mud, too. Then they can fight over who gets to be Gilligan and you and me will have some fun! Just like Thelma and Louise without the gun. And the jump.

Julie Harward said...

That does look like a nice place...and I would go on the side of the road before using that bathroom! LOL

SWEET TEA said...

I'm picturing you sitting at your computer typing this post with your legs crossed tightly. Did you go? Did you NOT go?
The suspense is gettin' to me!!!

June said...

What a fun post Diana. My guess is you did find a bathroom and you made it out of that little hole in the wall. I'm like you, I would rather go alongside the road before I would go in there. But I still love seeing places like that are still in business. I think they are quaint somehow.
And I do love that spire.
hugs from here...

time worn interiors said...

Wow! what a lovely place! the church windows thingy is awesome!

mo said...

Hi Diana,

Your travels look wonderful. So many little things catch your eye. Thank you for thinking of us. We appreciate it!



Char said...

Hi Diana,
I wouldn't mind fixing her up at all, what a beauty.
Are you doing the potty dance yet? HA!

camp and cottage living said...

Oh, I love the spires too! Is that gas station for real? I didn't know anything like that still existed. Go to the WC there-no...way!!
It looks like you and DH are having a good time
I've never been any of these places before. Thanks for taking me along!!
Blessings friend!!

Michele Smith said...

awww Thanks for the comment Diana! If you look a couple posts back you can find the apron, I also posted the etsy shop I bought it from.

Have a good night!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hi Diana, You always have the Most Fun in your post, So Did Ya? Love the pics, especially the one that looks like an Old Arch from a Church, Just Beautiful~ Can't wait to see the next post & Thanks for the Prayers for Finley!

Debbie said...

This little trip is a fun one, Diana. I love the spire!!!
That gas station looks like something from Maryberry! Does Goober work there?!

Sue said...

My daughter dies when I have to go to the bathroom because I will go ANYWHERE!!!! should could hold it in for days sooner then go in a dirty bathroom....she's the same with a hotel room.....She cringes if we suggest the Hampton Inns.....

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

You must learn to "hover" woman! Beautiful photos of what looks like a relaxing trip but ,you must remember when looking at fixer uppers how "fun" it is to remodel old homes. If you forget, come over and I'll remind you.

Donna said...

I bet you were really just hanging out all day in that beer garden, Diana! Weren't you? And your Hero had to drag you away kicking and screaming, didn't he? I love that first house you showed us! I can so see myself living there! Enjoy the rest of your trip!!

Annesphamily said...

I like the cool photos you shared! Your stories are hilarious!