"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes."
"My house will stand on a rock on a hill. Overlooking a valley deep and still."
-Alex Jordan, creator of The House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin
It was raining this morning so the three of us gladly accepted Monday, June 8, 2009 as our fifth rest day. We played lazy for a while this morning, ate some breakfast, and headed for The House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Carey and her crew visited there before they headed home last week.
Before we left for our tourism, Jonathan called our room and said, "The local newspaper wants to interview us." He was serious! About twenty minutes later, Dave Sterba from The Hillsboro Sentry Enterprise stopped by, did the interview, took some photos of us with our bikes, and had prayer with us. Dave shared his testimony with us, loves the Lord, and he and his wife serve in a local church nearby. What a great way to do an interview!
On the way to The House on the Rock we stopped by Rumble Seats, a drive-in located in Spring Green, about forty-five miles south of here. Great food and some great ideas for a student ministries center. It would be a fun place to hang out.
We also passed by Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's 600 acre estate. We didn't visit but did stop along the way to take some photos. It is a beautiful place and was loved by Frank Lloyd Wright who said, "Every time I come here it is with the feeling there is nothing anywhere better than this." This area not only includes his private residence but a number of other works, some of which have been designated as National Historic Landmarks.
Down the road a few miles we came to The House on the Rock created by Alex Jordan. This guy was another dreamer, visionary, and creator, but of a different sort than Wright. I really don't know how to describe The House on the Rock: whimsical, fantasy, amusing, eclectic, or ____________. You'll have to decide from the photos I have posted. Inside his house, Alex Jordan has accumulated more stuff than one could imagine. He explained his sprawling creation by saying that "one thing just sort of led to another." Those things include guns, knives, doll houses, dolls, model ships, ivory carvings, Titanic memorabilia, automated music machines, model airplanes, suits of armor, crown jewels, organs, and a carousel with 20,000 lights and 269 handcrafted animals -- not one of them a horse! It's all fun to see but I thought, who dusts all this stuff? Another note of interest, Alex Jordan stayed in his house only four nights! Maybe it was just too spooky with all the lights turned off. I told Margaret that the sequel to "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" could be "Night at The House on the Rock."
I am thankful for the rest day. It was restful and it was fun. I know that rest is important but the fun is too.
"A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit" (Proverbs 15:13).
"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for better health" (Proverbs 15:30).
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength" (Proverbs 17:22).