Wonder Cave

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Wish I’d visited Wonder Cave in time to include it in Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels In and Around the Badger State.

Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave fulfilled Fr. Philip Wagner’s promise to Mary, years after he experienced a healing at Lourdes. Construction of the glass- and tile-embellished rock grotto began in 1919. A single corkscrew-like passage with several stairways begins near the bottom of the man-made mound and winds to the top and back down before exiting on the other side of the rock mound. The low, narrow one-fifth mile pathway passes by numerous niches and alcoves filled with statues and religious messages.

Location: Rudolph, Wisconsin (near Wisconsin Rapids). Cost to tour cave: $3; no cost to tour gardens.

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Bunnies and Book Talks

Some summers bring raccoons or woodchucks everywhere. This summer, the numbers of bunnies bopping across the road in front of my car make driving on township roads feel like dodging kernels inside of a popcorn popper.

Like the fireflies and the season’s first glimpse of an antlered buck, the bunnies distract me. Still, I’m looking forward to talking about Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels at these libraries:

And bunnies have their place, too.

Thanks to Libraries, a Reviewer, Readers

Here’s to all readers who engaged in discussions at recent library book talks and taught me much! From a report of Westby cave items now housed at the Smithsonian to a tour of haunted subterranean spaces at Bong State Recreation Area, I have plenty of leads to follow up on new Wisconsin Underground sites.

Thanks, too, to Joel Patenaude for his review of Elsie’s Story in Madison Magazine. The books may be published, but the discussions and explorations continue…

Cave Interest High in Vernon County

Summer in Wisconsin brings many welcome returns–like the Luna moth attached to our kitchen window screen, the groundhog kits playing under the lower deck, and connections with people intrigued by the state’s underground sites. I’ll be talking about caves, mines, and tunnels with folks in Vernon County, beginning June 4:

I’ll be meeting more folks interested in Wisconsin’s subterranean attractions on Friday, June 7, at The Village Booksmith in Baraboo. Finally, here’s a photo from a recent evening talk in the children’s room at the DeForest Area Public Library:

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To Learn and To Share, Part 2

First, thanks to Carol Koby for an enjoyable conversation about all things underground in Wisconsin. The interview was broadcast on April 27 as part of her wonderful long-running program, All About Living, and will soon be available at https://carolkobyradio.com/shows/.

Coming up, I’m looking forward to meeting readers and Wisconsin Underground explorers at these public events:

  • Sun Prairie Public Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6
  • De Forest Public Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21
  • McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua, beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4
  • Lawton Memorial Library in La Farge, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4
  • Village Booksmith, Baraboo, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7

Details are being finalized on events in Westby, Waukesha,  Minocqua, and more–stay tuned!Spring Green Library 2019 lower res

 

To Learn and to Share

One benefit of talking with folks about Wisconsin’s subterranean spaces is learning about spaces I wished I’d put in the book–like the cave containing a former tavern in the vicinity of Mirror Lake State Park or the tunnel in downtown Eau Claire.

And now I’ve read on a Minnesota caving page more about several sandstone spring caves on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River. Each new lead is a new opportunity to explore and learn more about Badger State geology and history.

Hope to share what I learn at future book presentations and interviews, including an upcoming appearance on All About Living with Carol Koby radio show. Taping for the radio show is set for April 18, with the show broadcast on a Saturday morning, from 10 to 11 a.m., on HANK 1550 AM and 97.7 FM , as well as available as a podcast.

Rescheduled: ‘Wisconsin Underground’ on ‘Larry Meiller Show’

Larry Meiller will chat with me and radio listeners about my book, Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels In and Around the Badger State on Wednesday, March 27, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Originally scheduled for February 27, the show was preempted by the Congressional Cohen hearing that day.

I’m looking forward to hearing the questions and comments from people all around the state. And looking forward to learning about new underground sites and issues!

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Author Talk Cancelled

Spring Green Library 2019 lower resThe talk on Wisconsin Underground set for tonight in Sun Prairie has been cancelled due to the weather. It will be rescheduled.

Thanks to all who came to the presentation at the Spring Green Community Library on Saturday–the comments, questions, and enthusiasm were wonderful!

Two ‘Wisconsin Underground’ Book Talks

I’m looking forward to talking about Wisconsin’s caves, mines, and tunnels at two public libraries:

  • The Spring Green Community Library on Saturday, February 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and
  • The Sun Prairie Library, on Monday, February 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Afterwards, books will be available for purchase and signing. It seems I always learn as much as I share at these wonderful events!Elephant Cave-square