One of the largest employers in Whitehall is Ashley Furniture. Not the retails stores, but the manufacturing and distribution facility. A movie theater, Target, CVS, a mall and most restaurants however are an hour away. At first, the drive to the city of Eau Claire or La Crosse for shopping, dining and entertainment was like being in a foreign country. Then I realized, the farmlands surrounding Whitehall is the epitome of the heart of America. Just like what I had seen in movies. It was fascinating and beautiful.
Like this traffic. The large farms had me asking "what's that?" repeatedly. What were common sites and machinery for my husband were new ones for me to learn about.
I spent much of our extensive drive time scouting for deer. This one spooked when we slowed down for photos. I managed to capture his white fluffy tail as he bounded away. I saw several others alive and well and unfortunately several lining the sides of the road. When driving at night, we kept a lookout for shining deer eyes hoping to avoid contact. Success, quite thankfully.
Since I was in the heart of dairy, I couldn't resist taking a before and after photo:
After. When they squeak as you bite into them, that's a sign of a good cheese curd.
|Pooft (that's me blowing off the tip of the barrel of my gun in appreciation of my good shooting).|
Whitehall is also known for biking. If you happen to bike through or wish to use Whitehall as your base, check out Oak Park Inn. http://www.oakparkinn.com/
I enjoyed driving though--to see the farms, the Mississippi, the Amish and whatever wildlife chose to make an appearance. Bald eagles can be spotted along the Mississippi, but they hid from me. Next time!
Though I am a city girl, Whitehall and the surrounding areas are a fascinating part of the US that I am glad I was able to visit.
Where in the US have you had "first" experiences?