January - I started out 2014 getting up to some mischief in the hallways of Wisconsin's State Capitol with my buddy Jeanna. Because if great architecture isn't amazing enough all you have to do is throw in a kooky gal sliding down the banisters to make your day!
|"Genius of Wisconsin"|
I ended the month in another State Capitol when Cory and I took a trip out to Nevada. From getting lost on unmarked trails to an unplanned dip in Lake Tahoe, from walking around Reno's midtown district looking for treasures to treasures of another kind at the museums, and then driving out to see some boulder petroglyphs we saw all the Reno area had to offer including quite a few murals I still haven't even had time to share on the blog! The best part though? Still that Truckee Sourdough bread, hands down.
|Grimes Point Archaelogical Site|
February - Not much happened in February. Snowy and cold in Wisconsin tells the story. And bored. And I can't emphasize enough the snow and the cold.
|Wisconsin entry in the |
National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva
March - In March I was desperate enough to break up the winter blues that I drove up to visit Katrina in Menominee even though it was just as cold there. Hey, at least we had cupcakes.
|Night Owl Bakery in Marinette, Wisconsin|
To keep the blog busy I ran some posts about the trip Wayne and I took to Yellowstone back in 2009. Revisiting those happy times kept me going during a winter that was longer and colder than normal.
April - By early April I nuts with cabin fever and forced myself out a few times around Milwaukee and over to Kettle Moraine, but travel season soon began and that was the real story! My mom and I drove down to Gatlinburg and rented a house and I hiked my little heart out in the Smokies.
|Painted Trillium on the trail|
|Me and Mom at Laurel Falls|
But I wasn't just hiking alone, not only did I get to meet up with Sharon but I finally got to meet Gene and Judi and hike with them on the Curry Mountain Trail too!
And as if that wasn't exciting enough I got a close encounter with mama and two baby bears too.
May - May was a very busy time for our family travel wise. Wayne and I took Cory and Katrina to Newfoundland for a long weekend where we packed a lot in to a few days and got to spend time with those goofy newfies we call call family.
|Beer with the cousins and uncles...and our pocket pals|
|hiking on First Beach with Aunt Agatha|
|hiking around Castle Hill|
Back home in Wisconsin Wayne went back to work, Katrina went back to the Upper Peninsula and I discovered that the same wildflowers I found in the Smokies in April were blooming nearby thanks to Ranger Don's great hikes at Kettle Moraine State Forest sites.
We ended the month with a camping trip up to Munising where not only were there wildflowers but chunks of ice still floating in Lake Superior.
June - In June I started the month with some more wildflower walks in nearby Kettle Moraine.
But when the heat came on Wayne and I took the fifth wheel up to Door County where the air is a little cooler and explored some areas that are now new favorites, like the Ridges Sanctuary, Egg Harbor, and Newport State Park.
|Ram's Head lady slipper at the Ridges Sanctuary|
|Tasty treats and an egg hunt in Egg Harbor|
I'm hoping to get back out to Newport State Park for a solo camping trip this year because their trails and walk in sites looked very tempting, but timing will be everything because their mosquito population was pretty vicious. Maybe a long weekend in April if I have some time, we'll have to wait and see what the work schedule will be like when my boss has her baby in March. The park has camping year round, reservations aren't available though until May.
|Newport State Park shoreline|
That's enough for one post, the rest of the year in review will have to wait until tomorrow. One more thing....Wayne announced last night that he wants all four of us to go to the United Kingdom this year to celebrate his turning 50. His birthday isn't until December of course, but he's talking about a late May departure for a 3 week trip to take in everything from Dublin to Edinburgh to London too. We'll see, but in the meantime I scrambled around to come up with a workable itinerary this morning and believe it or not I think it can be done. Now let's see if he can conquer his fear of flying long enough to make it happen!