Hi!! I recently saw my blog’s renewal come through, and I realized it’s been forever since I’ve written (so says bloggers everywhere at some point during their blogging life).
I decided to share some beautiful photos and a few highlights from our camping trip in Wisconsin’s pristine north woods. We ventured to Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest – the largest state forest in Wisconsin, spanning three counties and over 200,000 acres. Our campsite was near Crystal Lake, north of Minocqua and Woodruff.
Just look at these huge trees around the site.
My crew looked very happy before leaving on our hike. You can just see the hammock and our tent in the background. We had to walk a bit from our car to access our campsite.
Here’s a view of from our hike around Fallison Lake. Simply Gorgeous. Needless to say after 2.5 miles, my crew was not as eager to finish hiking. Fortunately, we hiked with a bigger group of extended family, so the kids kept each other going, while the adults spaced out to accommodate different speeds.
After our hike, the kids enjoyed swimming in Crystal Lake, a small, peaceful lake without the noise of boat motors whirring across it. Daddy O. and I borrowed kayaks from a family member and had fun paddling around.
In St. Germain, a short jaunt from our campsite, we spent time with a big group of family, enjoying numerous pot luck dinners and time to catch up. On our way back from one such gathering, Daddy O. and the kids fished on a small pier. We were the only people on the lake!
I read my book and took in the solitude of the evening. We all watched a few mama ducks cross the lake with their babies in a long line behind them. One baby duck let out loud squawks, upon being left behind, so mama duck and her babies circled back to rescue the lost baby. The duck siblings seemed to celebrate his or her return to the line-up – a sweet scene. Fishing wise, there wasn’t much luck: only Big Sister caught one small fish.
We ended up spending some time in the city of Minocqua, eating at Minocqua Brewing Company and Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty. The shanty was kitschy with red and white checked table cloths, up-north cabin decor, and all-you-can-eat family, style, hearty breakfast food.
One morning we grabbed some coffee at a place in Woodruff. We sat outside on their back patio, savoring the view.
All in all the camping trip and family reunion up in the north woods was a huge hit. While tent-camping for three nights IS a lot of prep and work, our family really has a lot of quality time together on these kinds of trips. As our kids grow older, it may be more difficult to get away between sports and activities, which makes this time together even more special – just look at me and my sweet girl!
Cheers to summer, family-time and exploring together!