so much chrome (milwaukee’s harley-davidson museum)

Headed north to Milwaukee for a Wisconsin State Fair creampuff (which I understand is legendarily good) and found myself here. The Harley-Davidson Museum.

So many motorcycles, so much chrome.

This 1909 Model 5-D is one of 12 twin-cylinder motorcycles built that year. And the only survivor.

This 1936 model is a wow.

This 1973 Electra Glide V-Twin is tricked out.

There’s a wall of tanks.

And memorabilia by the boatload.

Vroom vroom. This visit was beyond fun.

strawberry sour cream pie from norske nook

Norske Nook. If you’ve hustled your way north to Eau Claire, you might know to pull off at Osseo for this Norwegian American bakery and restaurant.

My family has been pulling over for the Nook for more than 30 years because PIE.

I pulled over yesterday and promptly plopped myself down by the counter. Wanted to try something new, and Strawberry Sour Cream looked like a good wager.

Osseo Wisconsin Norske Nook Strawberry Sour Cream Pie

It was. Very light, with a strawberry whipped cream topping. I ate the entire slice.

Osseo Wisconsin Norske Nook

Osseo is a small town; approximately 1,700 people call it home. I don’t live in a small town but admire the persistence of places like Osseo. And bakeries with pie.

Osseo Wisconsin

Osseo Wisconsin

Osseo Wisconsin

the things that get left behind

Some items cause pause. Like this.

What was it like to attend a one-room schoolhouse in rural Wisconsin in the late 1890s? My great grandmother could tell me (she’s listed as a pupil in this souvenir), but she passed some 30 years ago. So I try to imagine. And then I pause some more.

This magazine cover features the Norseville School where Olga was a student.

At the time this magazine cover was created, the school had been abandoned. A thing, one of many, that got left behind.