A few more random October photos

A lovely autumn day! The only one I’ve been able to properly enjoy this year–grad school is a time suck.

I especially like this photo!

We were driving along Lake Superior in Minnesota when we saw people gathering about the train tracks. Dale loves a good steam train so he made a point to stop to find out if one was coming–and it was. Just five minutes after stopping this big ol‘ train went choooo choooing by!}
Here is it as approached us. There were no gates so we could stand right next to it pretty easily. I pulled Dale back about 10 feet–he’s a daredevil that Dale!

Another Minnesota find–Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse. Smelled like smoky fish inside! Dale picked up some jerky and I grabbed some smoked cheese for our fireplace snacking.

And this adorable kid waited on us! He was quite happy to get his picture taken, as you can see!

National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame

During our anniversary weekend, Dale and I spent some time at the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame! And while Dale was ambivalent to stopping there I needed to see the giant fish! I had to go inside! I was reluctant to spend the $6 to gain entry to the giant fish (I dislike paying for roadside silliness) but what this place lacks in, oh, things not relating to fresh water fishing, it makes up for with kitsch and a surprising amount of heart.

There she is. My personal Moby Dick. Call me Ishmael because I had to conquer her! In addition to this giant beauty the gardens of the property are filled with fantastic smaller (thought still giant) fish and plenty of photo opps.

We decided to view the museum portion of the Hall of Fame first. Dale was surprised to love it. He spent a lot of time in the Motor Graveyard while I patiently waited to meet The Fish. Here is Dale touching the same kind of motor that steered his family’s boat when he was a child. There was also some charming areas where real fresh water fisherman could show off their best catches. It was pretty adorable to see so many photos of happy fisherman showing off their best catches.

An overview of one area of the Motor Graveyard!

There I am! I have conquered her! The belly o’ the fish is filled with the names of all the happy fisher-people that made the hall of fame possible. It was ridiculously cute and charming and I, weirdly, thought it was one of the best random museums I have ever visited. And that’s saying something!

Anniversary Weekend Pt. 2

While we were in Northern Wisconsin (with a brief detour to Minnesota) last month for our anniversary Dale took a great many gorgeous postcard shots so I grabbed up my favorites and put them together in this post! Above is Lake Superior.

We both love old signs painted on brick buildings–doesn’t everyone? This one is in Two Harbors, Minnesota! This trip marked another big milestone–my first trip to Minnesota. Two thumbs way up! I loved it.
We took a few long drives–one to Minnesota to circle around Lake Superior–and came upon Amnicon Falls State Park in Wisconsin. It was very beautiful–and cold!

I especially liked the little covered bridge that goes over the falls. We also saw Cooper Falls State Park, and that had a lovely trail wrapping around some very pretty waterfalls. Dale hasn’t given me all his pictures yet so maybe I’ll post those later.
I love little buildings all alone set off next to a country road. And this one is particularly cute.
Finally, driving through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest we looked behind us to see quite the winding country road.

I also tried my hand at some postcard shots. This one was taken on some country road in Wisconsin–probably in the national forest.

Same with this one…
This is my favorite! I love this tiny post office and its proud declaration of being Northernmost!

And here’s my version of this crazy long country road we drove on. Sure it seems artsy but really I was just too cold to get out of the car.