Hi hi– back from a week with our Laurel in Madison, WI. I booked this trip anticipating snow up to my waist, icy winds and swirling snowflakes. But, surprise!, it was all sunshine and balmy days.
Even without snow, it was a sweet time with that girl of ours. Laurel is the best best travel buddy. Here’s what we do — tourist, shop, eat. Repeat. So here’s a little of each in the dead of Wisconsin winter!
Our winter “touristing” included frozen lakes, state park look outs and a woodsy museum.
Here we are astride Lake Menona (don’t ask me why I thought that was a good idea!)
Brave people ice fishing on the lake– and ice at the lake’s edge.
One afternoon we ambled along a trout stream.
Laurel and John up the look out tower– and we did find real snow–piled in the parking lot!!
After touring the Aldo Leopold Museum (early ecologist), we took a soggy trek back to the home in the woods we shared with his wife and 5 kids!
John’s trusty jeep carried us through the woods,gorgeous fungi on the forest floor.
Through the forest, just before a flock up enormous sandhill cranes passed over head– It was a so magical!
We squeezed in a little shopping–kitchen store, books stores, thrift shops, the indoor winter farmer’s market along the way.
And you know we found some good things to eat –starting with morning coffee & scones.
Friday “Fish Fry” at the Tip Top Tavern–and a humongous pretzel at the Grumpy Troll Brewery
Indian breakfast at the indoor Farmer’s Market
And Laurel pulled together a Wisconsin cheese tray feast when friends dropped by…
And one last P.S.– Thanks to our awesome nephew Shawn– who surprised us with the best seats for a Maroon 5 concert in Milwaukee– a big serendipity!! We felt like rock stars ourselves!
So thank you, thank you Laurel & John– you are always so warm and welcoming. Love you. xox