Squeeze in a little visiting with relatives at their lake cabins while she was at it, and she basically ended up lake hopping all the way there and back. In fact, she spent time at four different lakes! (And a pond!)
You may notice sumthin’ funny about these photos: I’M NOT IN THEM!!! Can you believe, she left me home??? She had some lame excuse about not being able to sneak me into the writer’s conference, blah, blah, blah. On the bright side, I got to stay a whole two weeks at Camp Daddy (her daddy, my grandpa), where I demolished every rawhide in sight.
Anyway, enjoy the Great Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakelands Tour!
Stump Lake, Minnesota
Okay, we cheated. These photos from her aunt and uncle’s place on Stump Lake are from last year. This year, it was all rainy and whatnot, so my girl didn’t get any photos.
Lake Superior, Minnesota and Wisconsin
We’re guessing this may have been the biggest lake she encountered on her trip. … Okay, yeah, it was definitely the biggest.
It was on the way, and my girl had always wanted to see it. She said she was just gonna stop for a few minutes, maybe an hour. Yep. She ended up exploring all over the place for the rest of the afternoon! She loved the maritime feel of the town of Superior, Wisconsin. She might have even started developing a new story …
Wanting to get as close to the big, huge lake as possible, my girl discovered this road on a peninsula called Wisconsin Point. Together with Minnesota Point on the north side, they form the great harbor at Duluth, Minnesota. The narrow channel between them is called the Superior Entry.
At last, my girl got to the end of the Point, to the Superior Entry … and THIS was what she saw!
There was all kinds of busted up logs on the shore – and even parts from old, wooden ships! Least ways, that’s what it looked like. (More story ideas!)
Turtle Pond, Wisconsin
Okay, it’s not a lake. But it’s close. And it had turtles! This pond was in the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin – the town where my girl’s writers conference was held. See? Even when she’s going to fancy conferences, she winds up in the middle of nowhere!
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Finally, Lake Geneva! My girl spent a WHOLE WEEK here, conducting research for her series about the Lake Geneva Mailboat.
She sure kicked off her week in style! It was the Venetian Festival, complete with lighted boat parade and fireworks!
My girl couldn’t get over the sound of the fireworks booming over the lake. Hear that rumbling echo? Whoa.
The next morning, my girl was back on the Mailboat! Yaaaaay!
And why is it called the Mailboat? Well …
Yep. That’s how they deliver the mail! (My girl’s writing a whole series of novels about it!)
And boy, it was really windy that day! (Okay, no where near North Dakota windy – but windy enough to make mail delivery a bit of a challenge!)
Besides the Mailboat, my girl had all kinds of other fun, too – like making a trip to the country club in a late 19th century wooden speed boat! (Thanks for all the fun, Mr. and Mrs. Goes!)
And walking the Lake Shore Path …
And exploring the lake …
With a new friend (hi, Lynda!) …
And least you think it was all fun and games, my girl also has several hundred boring-as-all-get-out reference photos and videos of stuff like … where the bathrooms are in relation to the ice cream shop, and the price of coffee at the Mobil gas station. She swears she never wants to take another reference photo again. (Though the one of the list of emergency procedures on the Mailboat is pretty cool.)
Finally, it was good-bye to Lake Geneva and on to the last leg of her trip.
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Her last stop on the Great Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakelands Tour was to see her cousins in Detroit Lakes. Guess what she was doing again!
They paddled (and jet skied) to a cute, tropical-themed restaurant called The Bridge (it was next to a bridge), and you’ll never guess what they found there. A steel drums band! In Minnesota! (My girl loves steel drums!)
After all that excitement … it sure was nice to see the sun setting over our home state of North Dakota again – even though she didn’t bump into a single lake again. Just endless waves of wind-blown grass.
Okay, that’s it. We have nothing left to share – for now! Cuz you KNOW we’re gonna keep adventuring. And next time, I INSIST my girl bring me with!