3/29/2014: Magnificent Manitowoc County

Manitowoc County's newest marker! Erected May 19, 2013

Another weekend of fabulous weather (gotta pinch myself!!!), this time Dexter and I headed back to Manitowoc County to rephotograph several of the markers I'd photographed at the beginning of my journey. You'll see from the photos, it was an amazing day to be out with a camera.

We drove 95.8 miles through Mishicot, Two Rivers, and Manitowoc. We left at 9:00 a.m., and returned home about 2:30 p.m. I've added ten new posts to the website (several I discovered unexpectedly along the way), and updated eight more. The links are listed below.

While photographing the U.S.S. Cobia, I had my first experience with the ice breaking up in the spring thaw. I've had friends tell me about the groaning and gnashing of the ice, but what I heard on the Manitowoc River was much different that what a girl who grew up with the Pacific Ocean surf could have imagined -- the sound felt eerie, somewhat sinister and threatening, while simultaneously extraordinary to photograph.

And speaking of the U.S.S. Cobia, I learned after I returned home, from a post on the Wisconsin Maritime Museum Facebook page, that while I was photographing her, U.S.S. Cobia was celebrating the 70th anniversary of her March 29, 1944 commission. I'd spent a lot of time driving back and forth on Quay Street to get the best shots of her; so learning about the anniversary was way cool!

Most memorable was my visit to Two Rivers Veterans Memorial, also a memorial to Shawn A. Novak who was killed in Iraq August 27, 2006. As I prepared the post for publishing, I learned about Soldier Novak, his hopes and dreams, and the loved ones he left behind. Very sad . . . absolutely heartbreaking . . . and sobering.  With all due respect to Soldier Novak and his family, your service to our county is profoundly appreciated.

These are the new posts:

These are the updated posts:

NOTE: This is a two-sided marker

Two Rivers Lighthouse

At the exit to the Manitowoc Car Ferry S.S. Badger

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