Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, a Capitol Fourth

This was the last leg of our RV trip. We can’t believe it’s almost over. Jackson, MN said goodbye with brilliant sunset

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We left Minnesota and its many wind farms, crossed the Mighty Mississippi, on our way to MIlwaukee to visit with our son and grand daughter.

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As a bonus, we hit the area on Father’s Day and got an intro into Indy Car Racing at the Milwaukee Mile.  Arriving early in the morning, our son and his friends secured a place in the in field for the pre-races.  Man are they loud–ear plugs are standard equipment at these things!  The cars seemed to come around non-stop.  The food was outstanding.  This was tail-gating in style!

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The Milwaukee MIle is one of the oldest Indy tracks with stands on only one side–am real tradition in the area.

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We went into the stands for the main race to cheer for Danica Patrick (green Go Daddy car)

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Danica did pretty well coming in 6th after she crashed her car on the first lap.

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After the race, we headed for our son’s hide-away near the Wisconsin Dells…this RV park was mostly permanent places to get back to nature..  Perfect for some quiet (some great fishing and s’mores)

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The Dells is the land of great water parks but we were there on some cold gray days, not the best weather for water slides.  But we were able to play bumper cars at the go cart track–we really only tapped poor Brenna.

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From mid-Wisconsin, we headed for Green Bay to meet up with Jim’s colleague from work.  Jeff took us on a great tour of his boyhood haunts in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula–we saw some beautiful areas and met some other “U-pers,” as the people from the area are known.  (They call the people in the lower portion of Michigan “Trolls”)  He has a beautiful cabin on a lake in the Hiawatha National Forest–a place he’s been coming with this family since he was a boy.

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Jeff gave us a tour of the lake

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Then the heart of the area…

Through Grand Island by Munising, Lake Superior

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Pictures Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior

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Lunch at Muldoon’s was definitely a highlight.  Pasties (past’ ees) are a baked pastry crust filled with diced potatoes, rutabagas, carrots, onions & ground beef plus special seasoning.  Scandinavian and/or Cornish iron and copper workers used to take into their lunch in the mines–made a bit like an empanada  but with a totally different taste.  They were fantastic.  The pastry was so good we even had cherry pastie for dessert.  Just can’t get enough of a good thing!

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Back at the cabin, we found the woods were packed with hummingbirds, and the wet season also left a load the MI state bird–mosquitos–in numbers that actually made the news.

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Round Lake presented a spectacular sunset the night before we headed back to Wisconsin.

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Before the last day of our trip we had one last killer sunset along with an all-time championship Jenga match!

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As a grand finale, we made it to the big party on the Mall, the Capitol July Fourth Celebration!  Never better.

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We’ll be home for a few weeks before we take off for Iceland mid-July.  We’re going with old friends–also adventure travelers–and driving the Ring Road, with a sensational excursion deep into the rugged West Fjords.

More to come….Join us!

Alberta

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