Saturday, June 30, 2018

Hello wisconsin!

 We took the kids to Wisconsin for a week this week. It is VERY nice to finally have kids who are big enough to travel and our kids are finally getting better at managing all the changes and adapting that travelling requires. We did ALL Of the things in 5 short days.

What is all of the things?
Eat cheese curds
go to the tipsy cow
go to the olbrich botanical garden
go to the henry vilas zoo
go to the UW geological museum
visit the Wisconsin state historical building
go to the elkhorn flea market
eat more cheese curds
Ride the ducks in the Wisconsin dells
Camp at silver springs camp in Rio
swim in the lake and a few pools
camp in a cabin
See the castle rock (so cool)
Visit the laura Ingalls wilder museum in Pepin
Visit the little house in the  big woods in pepin
drive forever in Minnesota to get home via iowa
and oh so much more!

We loved everything we did there really. It was hard for anyone to choose a fav. Madison is a great little town, I love how all of the things to do there are so much smaller than STL. You can take the kids and spend an hour and do a whole museum and not feel at ALL like you are so dead and ready to scream by the end. That also means you can do 2 or 3 things in a day. Madison downtown has a very laid back vibe. It is totally walkable, even for little kids and feels very safe to just have a wander and find yourself some good local lunch.
(Grant cleverly decided instead of cheese they should say cheese curds when getting their pics taken)










 The kids REALLY REALLY loved the ducks. I remember riding those in branson as a kid, and I loved it so much too, so it was high on my list. They laughed and laughed at the jokes and were amazed at driving in and out of the water.




 The campground at silver springs was VERY clean, very quiet during the week and had lots for them to do.  We did end up leaving a day early though bc it would NOT stop raining and it was really quite chilly, which puts a big damper on lake and swimming time.


 They enjoyed the old school game room during the rain.

 On the way to pepin I was amazed at how different the mississippi river is up there! It is so sprawling and swampy and not at all like the river down here.
 We finally made it to the wilder museum in Pepin. It's tiny but there were lots of quilts for me to see!
 (I REALLY wanted to correct this sign - this Is not a tied quilt)
 They believe this quilt belonged either to Laura or rose.



 We had been listening to a little house audio book in the car so the kids were super excited to finally reach the cabin in the big woods!

 We had literally just listened to the description of how Pa builds the lock for the door, so Grant was endlessly fascinated with the darn thing. He spent forever working out how that thing worked.
 You can see - still obsessed with the latch. LOL
 When we finally made it to Iowa we happened to be in the just the right place at the right time. The sun was setting on our right...
And the moon was rising on our left.

So cool!

All in all, a super great vacay!

Now to start dreaming of how many states we will see next year!

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