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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

American Adventures: Part 1



When I last left you, oh dear readers, I shared some sneak previews of the things I'd been getting up to in Wisconsin with The Scot in tow. Since then, we continued our journey South and got back to London yesterday afternoon. Over the next few days, I hope to share some of the fun we had over the 2 1/2 weeks we had together in the US.

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Part 1: A Devillish Picnic

After a restful day to let The Scot shake off his jetlag, we packed up the car, convinced my parents that it would be fun and they should join us, and headed West to Devil's Lake State Park. Devil's Lake is the most popular state park in Wisconsin. And with good reason. It's gorgeous.

devil's lake


lake + canoe


We enjoyed wandering around the western shores (paths allow walking around the whole lake, but we didn't have a whole day or the energy for such true hiking!). Lots of people were out in boats. And lots of teenagers were meeting up halfway down the side path at a good place for sunning and showing off in the way that only hormonal teens can!

deep in thought?


Iris joined us for our picnic and quite liked the view. Especially the swimming beach (sadly, we didn't bring our suits).

gorgeous girl in the wind


Mostly, I just enjoyed being reunited with my boy in such a pretty setting.

shadow smooches


On the way home, we took a different route that allowed us to cross the Wisconsin River on the Merrimac Ferry, a seasonal, cable-drawn free ferry. During the non-frozen months it runs 24 hours a day, taking up to 15 cars back and forth across the river. It's pretty cool really.

stay back!


And it's on the National Register!

historic!


Our little adventures on a Sunday were a great way to start our trip together. Soon, I'll share a bit more of our adventures in Wisconsin. (More ferries, too!).


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