Project 365, Days 171-180

Day 171: Today was too nice of a day to stay inside, so we had class outside. I’m not sure how much actual learning took place, but we had a great time enjoying the warm sun.

Day 172: Little plants are also enjoying our nice weather. Soon, it will be time to transplant them into the garden.

Day 173: Some days at work just scream for something to drink when I get home. Today was one of those days.

Day 174: More signs of spring

Day 175: Time for new nails again. Something bright and cheerful this time

Day 176: Janelle went to prom with some of her friends. It’s hard to believe she’s a senior already. She’s grown up into a very beautiful young lady.

Day 177: Went for a walk with my husband today down a trail near our house. I am totally enjoying spring now that it is finally here.

Day 178: Two days after prom (and post-prom activities), Janelle is still a bit tired. She’s having a hard time staying awake in class.

Day 179: There is a virus going through the fish in the lake. If you look closely in this photo, you can see white things floating in the water. Those are dead fish, killed by the virus. Hopefully this will be over soon. Dead fish by the hundred do not smell good.

Day 180: Another sign of spring around here–lake flies. They are everywhere and if we’re not quick, get in the house every time we go in or out. Thankfully they only last a few days.

Camping–a new adventure

OK.  I admit it. I used to be in the “I hate camping” group of people. For most of my life, I said I would never go camping. Then, 2 years ago, totally out of the blue, we decided to go camping for our anniversary. We bought a tent and a screened-in canopy, in case it was needed for rain, etc. I searched Pinterest for ideas on what was needed and bought a few basics. We didn’t want to buy a lot of stuff in case this was a one-time thing. Our first camping trip took us to Yellowstone Lake State Park and we had a great time. Who knew camping could be enjoyable? Two months later, we bought another tent for our daughter and her friend and took off again for a long weekend at Wyalusing State Park. The next summer we expanded again to include tents for our sons. Our current equipment includes 4 tents plus our screen tent, which is our “kitchen”. I don’t pretend to be an expert in the area of camping, but I will share in the future what we have done, what works and what doesn’t, and tips that I have for others just starting out.

Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park in Bagley, WI Visited on September 16-20, 2016

This park is located on the Mississippi River, right where the Wisconsin River flows into it. It has some of the best views I have seen in Wisconsin and is one of my favorite parks ever. There are campsites that are right on a bluff, overlooking the river. We didn’t plan our trip early enough to get one of these spots, but we will be back. One of the many hiking trails took us down a rather steep path and was then supposed to take us along the river. However, due to high water, the lower part of the trail was closed, so we had to go back up again. Another trail took us to a small cave with bats (not a fan of those, I didn’t go in). Sunsets over the river are amazing. I can’t wait to go back, get a campsite overlooking the bluff and watch the sunset from my campsite.

Harrington Beach State Park

Harrington Beach State Park in Belguim, WI Visited on August 14, 2016

Our stop here was totally unplanned. We were in Port Washington and found this park on the map and decided to stop. It’s right on Lake Michigan and has a beach and hiking. There’s also a small lake in the park. While hiking, we saw several deer (They were running, so the picture is a bit blurry). It’s a quiet, relaxing park between Port Washington and Sheboygan.

Project 365, Days 161-170

Day 161: Nala loves to try to watch out the window. She’s not quite tall enough but that doesn’t stop her from trying. She also loves to bark at everything she hears out that window.

Day 162: We have a small issue with the fan in our Jeep. In order for it to work, we have to keep tension on a certain wire. This is the solution my hubby came up with. Can’t use the passenger seat, but the fan works.

Day 163: Homemade mac and cheese. I made 4 big pans of it. 1 for a local family, one for us and 2 to take camping with us. It heats up great over a fire.

Day 164: My cream cheese rangoon had no cream cheese, just a fried wonton

Day 165: We’ve had a bit of rain and the yard is starting to get a little soggy

Day 166: This is how I spent my night at work–pushing carts. Not my favorite job, but it has to get done.

Day 167: Another day, more pushing carts.

Day 168: It rained, a lot. Now our yard is flooded in several places. This is the backyard.

Day 169: After even more rain, the area between our house and garage is covered in several inches of water.

Day 170: Our front yard has enough water to keep a family of ducks happy. Hopefully the rain will stop soon.

Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville, WI visited on June 19, 2016

While we were camping at Yellowstone Lake, we made the short drive over to Governor Dodge State Park for a couple of hours. The park is too big to see it all in just an afternoon, so we will have to go back. We did a short hike to a waterfall and rode around a bit. I would love to camp there in the future.

     

Yellowstone Lake State Park

When I turned 50 a few months ago, I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do before I die. One of the things on this list is to visit every state park in Wisconsin. In the last couple of years, I have been to a few of them, so I am including them in my list of those I have visited.

Yellowstone Lake State Park  in Blanchardville, WI  Visited June 17-20, 2016

This was our first ever camping trip and was planned on fairly short notice. We chose this park because we had never been there and it had campsites available. We had a bit of trouble finding it, but weren’t disappointed when we finally arrived. The campground is very quiet and our neighbors weren’t close enough to intrude on each other.