To be blunt, a lot of Wisconsin has a pretty white trash reputation. I myself have referred to it as the Texas of the Midwest with the state’s stances on unions, guns, capital punishment. But that’s not completely fair. The capital city Madison is a very liberal place full of educators. Wisconsin is also home to some of the more interesting places in the Midwest such as The House on the Rock, made famous by the novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman, a Frank Lloyd Wright house, that I hope to visit this summer as well as miles and miles of undisturbed forest. Coming upon these tiny artists communities was quite a shock the first time it happened. According to the local history, after many of the mines ran dry in England, families left to come to the states to find work. Mining is big business here in the Midwest since we are set upon Iron bedrock. Which I might add keeps Minnesota from having problems with sinkholes -a more common problem then one would care to know.