Hey there– Here’s part #2 of our trip to Wisconsin. Once the family all rolled into Madison, we touristed about a bit and then headed up to the North Woods– lakes, trails and blue skies… It was tons of fun! (Warning: this post may contain excessive photos. I’m trying to cut it down. I just can’t help myself!)
We started out our Madison tour at the grand Farmers Market nestled in the park around the State Capitol. Veggies, flowers galore, and beautiful bread! And people, lots of people!
Photos above: Four Farmers Market shoppers, zinnias and pretty squash
After a quick pizza lunch, we strolled back to the State Capitol building for docent tour, informative fun.
Above photos: Charlotte and the Forward (Wisconsin state motto!) Statue in front of the Capitol building, 2 girls on the mezzanine, our docent in a legislative salon, looking up!
Then we shopped our way down State Street to the University of Wisconsin to sit on the lake terrace for brats, beer and their famous ice cream (made by the dairy science department!) And after dinner, ambled down along the lake as the sun set.
Above photos: Relaxing on the lake terrace at U of W, Micah and Jodi enjoying their ice cream, sailboats put up for the night, sun setting on Lake Mendota.
Finally, we set forth North! First stop was Wausau, Wisconsin to meet John’s family (he’s our Laurel’s finance). John’s mom Deb (5th from the left) cooked up a great backyard meal and the next day we explored (i.e. ate & shopped) our way through downtown Wausau. Thanks for your warm & wonderful welcome Deb!!
Above photos: Family portrait in Deb’s backyard, Jobay having great fun in the bookstore, Larry’s version of shopping (sitting in a coffee shop), Shop street in Wausau. (thanks John for including a could shopping trips in the schedule.)
Next we were off to scale the peak of Rib Mountain, the tallest mountain in Wisconsin (but actually kind of hill-ish by California scale). The green, gorgeous deciduous forest was enchanting. Simply beautiful.
Above photos: Trekking through the forest, rocking climbing girls, lichen encrusted stump.
Continuing “Up North,” we stopped at a farm to buy sweet corn for the week ahead in the cabin, and met up with some curious baby cows.
Above photos: meeting the calves, a friendly (cow) face
At last, we made our up to the cabin on Lake Minocqua, our home for the week. And the next morning set out for a day on the lake, cruising, swimming, picnicking along the way.
Above Photos: Home Sweet Home for a few days, bringing in the boat, the grand-girls all suited up for our day on the water, local boathouse.
There was a morning visit to the Northwoods Historical Museum (featuring the world’s first snowmobile!)
Above photos: Vintage old kitchen, local wildlife (Go Cal Bears!!), snow mobile collection.
One day we passed a grand afternoon canoeing and splashing in Johnson Lake at John’s family cabin. And let me say, canoeing is scarier than it looks!!
Above photos: Hanging out on the dock, Brian in front of the cabin, Maryann the fisher-girl, canoe paddlers across the lake.
And here’s just a few more miscellaneous very favorite pics that I can’t possibly leave out! (are you even still watching?? thanks for sticking with me!!)
Above photos: Hike around Star Lake (loved it!), Jobay enjoying sweet corn, 3 girls walking with John on our way to Lazy Jane’s Bakery Cafe for breakfast, our “tour director” John pointing out the sights from Rib Mountain, Jodi & Jobay on Jobay’s #5 birthday in the cabin, boathouse and dock on Lake Minocqua.
So thankful for the days with the family in such a beautiful place– Thanks Laurel & John for inviting, planning, organizing, and herding us across the fine state of Wisconsin. It was grand!