Monthly Archives: June 2013

Breakfast on the Farm

The month of June is national dairy month and that holds a special importance here in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland and so much of our state has some reference to the cow and all the products we get from her milk. From fans wearing a foam wedge of cheese on their heads at sporting events to giant mice eating cheese in front of cheese stores, you can see how important the dairy industry is to Wisconsin.

Long line waiting to eat

Typical Dairy Breakfast

Typical Dairy Breakfast

                      You may be asking, so what do you do on your June weekend days there in Wisconsin? Well, we stand in line for a dairy breakfast! That’s right, almost every weekend in the month of June there is a dairy breakfast somewhere in Wisconsin. People go to a farm and eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, cheese, milk, and ice cream. Yes, you read that right; ice cream for breakfast, how great is that?

Serving that many people needs special equipment.

Serving that many people needs special equipment.

This past weekend we went to the dairy breakfast put on by the Watertown Agribusiness Club. This dairy breakfast is among some of the largest in the state and attracts over 4,000 people every year on Father’s Day weekend. We went on Sunday, Father’s Day, which is the busiest of the two days. The line, which of course was out in the rather warm sunshine, was long but it moved quickly and we were at the food in far less time than I thought it would take. The money raised by the dairy breakfast goes towards scholarships for students studding in an agricultural related field.

The experience doesn’t stop with the breakfast though. The host farm has their machinery out on display although this year it was in a huge puddle. They also have people on hand to explain how the feed is mixed together and gave to the cows. They have people in the milking parlor to answer questions and show you how they milk the cows (they were not milking when we were there). There is a petting zoo for the kids, and antique tractor display, and tractor drawn wagon rides around the farm. It is a great way to have fun, eat a good breakfast, and learn a little about farming at the same time.

Taylor in the freestall barn

Taylor in the freestall barn

Taylor Petting a Calf

Taylor Petting a Calf

There is still some time left in the month of June, so head on up to Wisconsin and take part in a Wisconsin tradition. You can find a list of farm dairy breakfasts at the Dairy Days of Summer website.

 

Author: Nathan Nehmer, nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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There is a New Princess

On Thursday The Duchess of Cambridge will officially christen the Royal Princess. The Royal Princess is the much talked about brand new ship from Princess Cruise Line. The christening ceremony, will start at 6:15 am eastern time/5:15 central time, will be streamed live on Princess Cruises’ website www.princess.com. If your not freak like I am and set an alarm so you can get up and watch this special event, you can watch a replay of the christening ceremony online.

Back when the Norwegian Breakaway was christened I did a post featuring photos of the ship that were shared over social media. I decided I would do another post like that for the Royal Princess. So without further a-do, let me shut my mouth (finger) and let the pictures do the talking. Here are some of the pictures that have came out since she has arrived in Southampton.

What a beautiful ship she is.

These show the much talked about SeaWalk, a glass bottomed walkway that extend 28 feet off the side of the ship.

Next up is a few pictures of the adults only Sanctuary.

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The atrium on the Royal Princess is where the action will be since it will be the social hub of the ship!

Finally the outside areas of this beautiful ship.

Thank you to everyone tweeting pictures of this beautiful ship and congratulations to Princess Cruise Line on their newest addition.

Author: Nathan Nehmer: nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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A Month Away

Today I woke up, as I always do, at 4:30 am and, like every other day, reached for my phone. Before you all start telling me that I am addicted to my phone (I already know this), the reason I grab my phone is simple: It is also my alarm.  Once I am able to see halfway straight to shut off the annoying sound that drags me out of bed, I begin to make my morning run through my apps.

 

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Click here to learn more about ShipMate

This morning, my eyes and fingers were not working well with my brain and I happened to open my ShipMate App. While I really love this app and all its features, it’s not normally in my “first of the morning” routine. But this morning I was treated to a wonderful sight; we are a month away from sailing! I already knew this in my head but it was sure nice to see on my phone. If you don’t already have the ShipMateApp, you should really check it out. It is my favorite cruising app out there. You can learn more about ShipMate by clicking on their logo above.

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Now comes the hard part, getting ready to go. Sure, normally, packing is not an issue for us but this will be the first time we are taking our 2 ½ year old further than the 3 hour to Grandpa’s and Grandma’s house. What do we need to pack to keep her occupied on the airplanes? This is all the stuff we need to think about when packing for this trip. This is on top of everything for us that we normally pack.

 

I am really looking forward to taking her on this cruise. She loves to hear music and dance so I am thinking she will love the sail away party. Oh, and by the way, Nickelodeon on the Norwegian Sky will also be a big hit, especially when she see’s Dora. This will be, however, her first time on an airplane, first time on a cruise, and not to mention her not being on her normal nap schedule. How is she going to take it? I guess we will see in a month.

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If any one has any advise on traveling with and packing for a toddler please leave comments below. I’d love to hear all the suggestions and I’m sure others would like to hear them as well.

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Learning About the Circus

Sometimes, when we are thinking about our travels, we forget about the attractions that are close to home. I started thinking about these things and how they seem so normal to me. Just because they are normal to me, doesn’t change the fact that other people may want to hear about these. So I am going to write about some of the “normal” things I do on the weekends/days off and mix them in with my travel, cruise, and news topics.

The first of these “local” attractions I will highlight is the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI. The Circus World Museum now occupies the grounds where the Ringling Brothers founded their world famous circus back in 1884. From 1884 till 1918 the winter quarters for their circus was right on the grounds that the locals called “Ringlingville.” This area is now a National Historic Landmark Site.Ringling Brothers

Back in the heyday of the railway circuses, Ringlingville consisted of at least 22 winter buildings. Today eight of those original buildings remain plus part of the original circus train complex.

Historical Site Marker

Historical Site Marker

2 of the remaining buildings

2 of the remaining buildings

Part of the world’s largest circus memorabilia collection is over 210 original circus wagons and vehicles. That is about two thirds of all known circus wagons left in the world. They have one huge building that houses most of these wagons and another building with a restoration shop.  You are able to look inside and see the work being done to save these pieces of history. There is also a huge collection of circus ads and posters, with over 8,650 multi-colored circus posters. This is a must visit for any circus enthusiast and it appeals to non-circus enthusiast as well.

Circus Wagon Building

Circus Wagon Building

Gavioli Band Organ

Gavioli Band Organ

Circus World Museum is also for the kids. They have a daily schedule of shows and attraction that go on every day. I will get more into the fun circus type activities that they put on here. These are sure to keep the kids entertained while you learn about the history of an era long gone.

To learn more about the hours, schedule, and prices visit the Circus World Museum website by clicking here.

Author: Nathan Nehmer, nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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