||Sweet Rock is a parcel that my brothers (Chris and Matt)
and I bought in the summer of 1998. It's really great with interesting terrain,
wildlife (including the three of us) and foliage. The neighbors are incredibly
friendly and we are just pleased as punch to be spending time up there.
The parcel is
very nice with woods, an orchard, meadows, rock bluffs and a few acres of corn. The
name for the land came from a particular formation
that we viewed on our visit the the real estate agent.
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of October 14th, 2000
|Beth, the kids and I drove up Friday night and expected to see that
the first floor had been started, but little else. It was really cool to see that,
not only was the floor itself in, but the framing for the walls was substantially
completed as well.
The McGuires were up harvesting the fall corn.
Beth had an idea for the Christmas cards this year. We have two options.
of October 7th, 2000
|Progress continues to be made on the house, slowly but surely.
The foundation is in and it's really neat to see the orientation of the house and
imagine what the finished building will look like.
of July 15th, 2000
Exciting times this summer with the preparations for
building the house are finally leading to construction! The big rigs are on-site and digging the foundation. That's it for the
camping spot, but we've relocated just a few yards away.
The dogs were well behaved for this shot and another with Sarah.
of January 23rd, 2000
|Matt: We took a weekend to play in the snow and
retire at the Lodge (with heat... and a hot tub). It had snowed a few inches the
night before, and there were about eight inches of powder on the ground. So Rich got on the ATV (with Dad in the shiny new Ford
ExpeditionTM). Then I got on the ATV. A fun time was had by all.
also managed to capture a really nice photo of the barn
across from Robinson Ridge. Here's one of Dad
and chris, and a nice one of some pine
October 9th 1999
|Matt: This weekend I went up with my stepbrother Brad and my friend
Josh to see the fall colors. It was one of the nicest weekends of camping I 've ever
experienced. The colors were amazing... well take a look at this shot of the hammock. This was taken towards the evening when
the sun was starting to hit the field across Rt. N perfectly. We've been trying to
take a decent photo of the Sweet Rock tree for a while, and here's a unique perspective
from that spot. Along the way we had a
visitor! One of the McGuire's towed a pair of grain
wagons (look in the distance). Here's a couple of shots from Robinson Ridge,
looking north and west. There were also some wildflowers in bloom.
The weather was perfect that
weekend (Perfectly sunny and highs around 70). If you get a chance to see
southwestern Wisconsin in early October I highly recommend it!
July 23rd 1999
|Dan finally finished the earth moving portion of the driveway
project. Here's a snippet of the finishing work being
We took pictures of the kids  with the dozer as Christmas card
possibilities. They give you a much better idea of the size of the Cat compared to
the clip above.
May 8th 1999
|Jason under an apple
There is a spot by Robinson Ridge that is one
of my favorites. It took me a long time to shoot this as the lighting is tough under
a substantial canopy of trees.
The Gang at the camper.
A zoomed in shot of camp. I like
this one because it looks like a survalance photo.
The driveway was in full construction
Halfway up, looking up.
On the side, by the road.
From the top, looking down.
April 3rd 1999
|We were just getting the driveway put in and things were very
soupy. At a couple points walking down my foot sunk in to the knee. My boots
were filled with water and mud. In the next weekend or two we have to go back and
put down seed. That should be an adventure too.
The other major chore was the
start of clearing the orchard. There are ~103 prickly ash trees down
there and we take great pleasure in cutting them down and putting them on the fire. (Caution, the fire link is a 2MB video).
Here are some frames from that movie. One, Two, Three,
Here are some photos from that day. Jason
and Sarah, Matt.
Also a photo of the driveway to be.
From the bottom looking up.
of October 23rd 1998:
|This weekend was a towards the tail end of the colorful fall in
South Western Wisconsin. We had several days of really nice weather, clear crisp
nights and sunny warm days. Really it was just about perfect.
Dusk from Robinson Ridge
This shot looks North West from the ridge. It is a nice panorama with the rolling
hills and the Overall View farm.
A sunset from Robinson Ridge.
Some pics from the ridge.
The view over the fields isn't the best in the house, but it's often good for clouds or
This thing looked like it was ready to take someones arm off!
From the Hammock 1
From the Hammock 2
A couple nice shots of the foliage. Taken from the hammock in the campsite.
I went for a hike and the light was hitting the Keinitz ridge just right. Here are
some of the more colorful images from the weekend.
This tree has certainly choosen a difficult spot to make a living. We'll see how
Matt in the Woods
Matt on the Ridge
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Just lounging around.
Working the camera, as usual.
A more artistic shot by the webmaster.
The trees, not the show. This was Matt's nicest shot from the weekend.
Rich, Dad, Mick, Matt and Jason went for a hike and Matt snapped this shot.
of September 18th 1998
|Sarah in a cave
Sarah and Jason both like this small cave in the side of Robinson Ridge. It faces
North so it is always cool, even in the heat of the day.
At the bottom of Robinson Ridge are many boulders of various sizes. This one has a
hollow in it that is the perfect size for Sarah.
My favorite tree
I have to come up with a better way to shoot this tree, but here is the only picture I
have right now. On the top of Sweet Rock is where this was taken and that tree is a
really cool, knurled pine of some sort. It's trunk actually goes horizontally from
the visible tree under the boulders in the foreground to somewhere approximately where the
photographer was standing.
Ken, Ruth, Dad and the kids on Robinson Ridge
Uncle Ken and Aunt Ruthie came up to check things out with Dad. Here they are at
mid-day on Robinson Ridge.
Ken, Dad and Sarah
Just south of Robinson Ridge is another bluff that has some neat formations. On our
way back to camp after a pleasant hike we stopped to take this picture.
in August 1998
Rich took this photo of a dewey spiderweb one morning.
Naked photo number one
Our dog Presto is quite the exhibitionist.... please note the appropriately placed grass
for the younger viewers.
Naked photo number two
Work it, poochie, work it!!
of July 31st 1998
|This was a special weekend since it was the first time Dad, Chris,
Matt and I had been able to go up to Sweet Rock together. We toasted with a bottle
of Dom Perignon, played some golf and had a generally great weekend.
Sunrise with Venus
Sunrise over field
Sometimes when the sun starts to come up the wildlife wakes me up. I usually go back
to sleep for several more hours, but since I knew Venus would be visible and I had the
hammock hanging out, I decided to take some pictures and enjoy the view. It was
really fun. It was a chilly summer morning, about 55F or so, and I just laid out on
the hammock in my sleeping bag and bathed in the glory. Venus is in the first
picture just over the trees on the top left.
We went over to Robinson Ridge at sunset to pop the Dom. These pictures turned out
very badly because I didn't bring a tripod, but since it was an important night here they
are after digital manipulation.
of May 2nd 1998
|Van in the field
This was the weekend we closed on the land. It was also the weekend that I had
tickets to go to a Bulls playoff game with my Dad and brothers. This stupid van
prevented me from doing so. Then to add insult to injury, it didn't even grow new
Jason and the Barn
Our land ends at the edge of the forest under Robinson Ridge. The barn in the
background here belongs to our western neighbors.
Jason and Ship Rock
A nearby feature is a bluff that looks a bit like an ocean liner getting ready to set sail
into the heavens. To the best of my knowledge this is also Jason's first attempt at
I spend a lot of time with semi-productive labor like gathering firewood for the evenings
festivities. When we first got up there we had a medium size oak laying in the
middle of the campground. Here I am sawing it up. The thicker part I saved and
we are now using as a bench for the campfire.
During the first few trips up we couldn't catch a break on the weather front. Here
is the gang playing Uno in the camper one night.
Here are a couple panoramic shots. They were taken during the spring when not
everything had bloomed.
This spot looks much different now. The weeds have been cut back and there is a fire
ring with a bench near where the log is.