Hello everyone, we’re back from our adventures in northern Wisconsin! For the week, we rented a little vacation cottage in the woods far north in the state, about a 6 – 7 hour drive away. It was the perfect time, just after Labor Day when the masses were leaving and we were just arriving. I mean literally, they were driving home as we were getting there. This was a look at the road as we approached the Northwoods on Labor Day!
(And yes by the way, I realize I’m posting photos of this trip before our UK trip from May/June. I know, I know. I swear I will rectify this situation soon.)
We love the chances we get to enjoy nature. One of the nice things about where we bought our house is that it’s near forest preserves and also a short day trip away from plenty of other places for small hikes and walks, but we particularly like getting out further flung when we can.
Where we stayed was near the Wisconsin River, which seems to meander around and around because you’re always crossing it!
One of the days we took a little road trip into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, to an area where there are a large amount of waterfalls. Ahead of time (because there was no wifi where we stayed!) I planned for us to go to Bond Falls. The area was beautiful, but I got really excited when we parked because I could hear the waterfall, even though I couldn’t see it yet.
Because look at how big this is!
It was unbelievable. I really felt like I was out west, not in the midwest. Pia and I are just at one corner of the bottom of the falls here!
It was so picturesque!
This was my typical outfit for a lot of the trip. A long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt and jeans to keep away the mosquitoes, a scarf to keep ticks out of my hair, and moccasins unless we were hiking. (We didn’t see any ticks by the way, but were warned by numerous people about the ticks this time of year up there.)
Okay seriously, how amazing is this vista?!
We also did a little bit of thrifting in the town closest to where we stayed, St. Germain. I managed to unearth a few vintage knitting booklets and two antique crochet booklets from 1915 and 1916…! All for 50 cents a piece. In another nearby town, Eagle River, we went antiquing. These Luckyday buttons didn’t come home with me, but don’t you love the card?
The antique mall had just a staggering assortment of vintage young adult mysteries, all for much more money than I was willing to pay. However I kept finding cover after amazing cover, so soon I’ll do a post just of the books I looked at. Gems like this!
Three of them did come home with me, however. Norma Kent of the WACS and Sally Scott of the WAVES to start. Both were published in 1943. I’m pretty sure my eyes nearly fell out of my head when I saw them! At $8 each they were still much cheaper than most of the books I looked at, so it was an easy splurge. Don’t worry, I’ll share more photos of them soon too!
The last book I picked up was a 1949 copy of a Nancy Drew, The Clue of the Leaning Chimney. I have a fondness for the yellow-covered copies of the 50s and 60s that I grew up hunting for, but this earlier copy was a special addition to my collection.
The town of Eagle River had a cute downtown area with lots of little touristy shops and eateries.
One of the curio shops was formerly a bank, and you could walk right into the vault!
After a tasty lunch we stopped at a soda fountain. While I don’t collect Coca Cola memorabilia I do love it, so I was tickled to sit right by this great array of Coke items.
The soda fountain, Soda Pops, was really a delightful little place.
My indulgence of choice was a hot fudge sundae.
Now I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we love kitschy roadside things, so I loved that smack dab in the middle of St. Germain was a giant statue of Chief St. Germain… who never existed.
I read that it was to honor the early Native Americans in the area, even though this guy is fictional. Right near him there was also a large map of the area.
Wait, that’s not nearly enough inflection for the size of that map. It was one LARGE HONKIN’ MAP OF THE AREA.
Possibly little known fact to the blog world: I am a huge fan of maps. I love looking at them and I love using them. Old maps, new maps, maps of all kind. The first time we pulled through town I told Mel we were taking photos by that map!
All in all, it was a wonderful trip. Plenty of downtime to relax in our cottage, a little antiquing and thrifting, hikes and gorgeous sights seen. I’ll happily return to the Northwoods of Wisconsin or the UP of Michigan any day!!