The Great Smoky Mountains are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains found along the Tennessee and North Carolina border. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the United States, having welcomed over 10 million visitors in 2015. Three of my friends visited the park in August and sent me this lovely postcard!

The Facts:
Other Party: Julie O
Card Number: 0209
Average Color: 515A5E
Date Sent: August 5, 2016
Date Received: August 8, 2016
Sender Location: Chattanooga, TN
Receiver Location: Madison, WI
Distance Traveled: 597 Miles
Average Speed: 199 Miles Per Day


I received this postcard thanks to Postcrossing, which is essentially a glorious postcard swap website. Where you send a postcard then you recieve a postcard. I’ve sent 5 postcards so far, a few within the United States, and then 1 to each Germany, Russia, and Finland. I’ve received cards from China, Taiwan, Belarus, Japan, and Hong Kong. Join the fun by clicking right here.

This postcard depicts Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world. Evangeline informed me that much like Time Square in New York folks gather around the building to count down to the new year. This is my second Taipei 101 specific postcard. My die hard readers will remember postcard #0002, my second postcard, all about Damper Baby, the tower’s mascot.

The Facts:
Other Party: Evangeline T
Card Number: 0208
Average Color: 3A3627
Date Sent: August 31, 2015
Date Received: September 13, 2015
Sender Location: Taiwan
Receiver Location: Madison, WI
Distance Traveled: 7,473 Miles
Average Speed: 575 Miles Per Day

Take a gander at the Postcrossing fact sheet. Which shows the date Evangeline requested an address to send a postcard and not the date the card was sent. Also, I’m not sure what city this card came from so I used their distance!

Iowa is America’s largest producer of corn. According to the Iowa Corn website Iowa produces roughly three times as much corn as Mexico annually. You might be wondering just how much corn Iowa produces. Well in 2014 Iowa farmers produced about 2.4 billion bushels of corn on 13.2 million acres of land. The total amount of land devoted to farming in Iowa is 30.8 million acres which means about 43% of Iowa’s farm land is devoted to corn.

I will end this post with a corny corn joke.

Q: What did the corn say when he got complimented?
A: Aww, shucks!

The Facts:
Other Party: Julie O
Card Number: 0207
Average Color: 949C72
Date Sent: August 28, 2015
Date Received: September 3, 2015
Sender Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Receiver Location: Madison, WI
Distance Traveled: 138 Miles
Average Speed: 23 Miles Per Day

The House on the Rock is a gathering a odd exhibits, streets, shops, and unique architecture designed by Alex Jordan, Junior. The tourist attraction is located between Dodgeville and Spring Green, Wisconsin. Here are a few of the odd exhibits I am referring too:

  • Tiled Car
  • Automated Musical Instruments
  • Carousel
  • The Infinity Room, which a is a portion of the building that extends over 200 feet without supports. (It’s very cool!)
  • A Nostalgic Small Town Street – Includes Shops

The House on the Rock is a catch all indeed.

The Facts:
Other Party: Tess T
Card Number: 0206
Average Color: 7C8E7C
Date Sent: August 14, 2015
Date Received: August 18, 2015
Sender Location: Spring Green, WI
Receiver Location: Reedsburg, WI
Distance Traveled: 25 Miles
Average Speed: 6 Miles Per Day

The image depicted on this card is over 35 years old. On September 4, 1979 the students attending UW-Madison were greeted by over 1,000 plastic flamingo on the lawns of Bascom Hill. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society the infestation of the plastic lawn ornaments was a celebration of the Pail & Shovel Party which had won reelection of the Wisconsin Student Association. Click here to read the full story from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

This card was sent via Postcrossing – a sort of random pen pal. Join me on their website by clicking here.

The Facts:
Other Party: Tea H
Card Number: 0205
Average Color: 848D8E
Date Sent: August 10, 2015
Date Received: August 17, 2015
Sender Location: Madison, WI
Receiver Location: Savonlinna, Finland
Distance Traveled: 4,424 Miles
Average Speed: 632 Miles Per Day

US Cheryl Lyda 8-6 Card
This is the first postcard that I sent via Postcrossing which is a postcard exchange website that I recently discovered. The exchange works in a random fashion where you request an address from Postcrossing (which can be foreign or domestic). Each request is assigned an ID number that the received will enter to complete the transaction. After the card has been received and registered your address will be added to the pool for a postcard.

The Facts:
Other Party: Cheryl L
Card Number: 0204
Average Color: AA9D77
Date Sent: August 6, 2015
Date Received: August 11, 2015
Sender Location: Madison, WI
Receiver Location: Pocatello-Idaho, ID
Distance Traveled: 1,161 Miles
Average Speed: 232 Miles Per Day

Tornado Steakhouse is a small restaurant in downtown Madison. My boyfriend, Cody, took me out to eat for my birthday to this delicious destination. This postcard came with the check… it was a surprise gift on my birthday. If you find your self in Wisconsin’s capitol and you’re also craving some mighty meat I suggest you visit Tornado!

The Facts:
Card Number: 0203
Average Color: 715442

This postcard is so bad that it’s good!

PrintThe Facts:
Other Party: Julie O
Card Number: 0202
Average Color: AA9D77
Date Sent: June 30, 2015
Date Received: July 2, 2015
Sender Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Receiver Location: Madison, WI
Distance Traveled: 138 Miles
Average Speed: 69 Miles Per Day

This Postagram features one of my two new cats, Octovio. Octy enjoys playing fetch with glittery sparkle balls and eating. He’s also been known to lay under our coffee table on his back and watch tv.

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0201
Average Color: 35312C
Date Sent: July 9, 2015
Date Received: July 12, 2015
Sender Location: San Francisco, CA*
Receiver Location: Monterey, CA
Distance Traveled: 86 Miles
Average Speed: 29 Miles Per Day

*According to, the folks behind Postagram, these postcards are printed and mailed from San Fransisco.

Earth Postcard
This is my 200th blogged postcard! To honor this event I decided to design a postcard to send out to a few special people who’ve been sending me cards consistently since I started this postal hobby. It seems fitting to step back and share a few of my favorite Going Postal moments.


200The Facts:
Other Party: Multiple
Card Number: 0200
Average Color: 4C7B9D
Date Sent: Unavailable
Date Received: Unavailable
Sender Location: Unavailable
Receiver Location: Unavailable
Distance Traveled: Unavailable
Average Speed: Unavailable