Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chippewa Falls

Our camping travels took us to Chippewa Falls to escape the thunder storms. Each town we've visited always has something unique to offer. We were not disappointed.

First stop was the Leinenkugel's Brewery. Our choice of beers for camping is their Creamy Dark. In the modern Lennies  Lodge we begin our tour. A modest $5. gets you five tastings and a souvenier chaser glass. Our new favorite is one of their Big Eddy Beers a very rich dark blend called Russian Imperial Stout.

After six generations of brewers many of the original buildings still stand and the tour takes you into several of them. Next year is there 150th anniversary, check them out on

64K RAM way back when
Our real surprise was the next tour to the Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry & Technology. The Technology part is what caught our attention since this is the hometown of  Seymour Cray. The founder of the Cray Research a global leader in supercomputing.

Our special tour gift

Although the water cooled supercomputer was loaned out on tour there was a lot to enjoy. Our docent was first class in her knowledge and enthusiasm. As she stated "she could make dirt exciting".

When gold was used. Inside a Cray

Super computer wiring in the past

The heritage of the Chippewa Community extended to many other businesses that are leaders in their fields. Mason Companies, the largest footwear cataloger in the world, Darley which builds fire fighting equipment sold internationally, Hubbard Scientific manufacturer of math and science teaching aids and exhibits, and the list goes on.
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Thai dishes
We needed a break from all our new found knowledge and chanced on a Thai Restaurant for some flavorful dishes.

Thai dishes

Thai decor

Next blog stop Pie! Many of you know where I'm going with this.

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing to see how the old computers were with the size and all those wires. They've sure come a long way.