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.

Seventh Anniversary Weekend…pt. 1

Dale and I went to Bayfield, Wisconsin, for our anniversary earlier this month. We had a lovely time in spite of the weather! It was very cold and even snowed a bit! That said, the place we stayed, pictured above, was very cute! It’s called the Grey Oak Guest House. It was literally the only place to stay because a marathon was happening that weekend and every hotel was booked for miles. We got very lucky to score this place and it ended up being adorable.

This was the view from our room.

Inside, we had nice digs. There was a private bath, a TV, Wi-Fi access and more!

We even had our own fireplace. We also controlled our own heat and a/c. Nice!

Every morning the owner would leave a platter of tasty bread and fruit for us. Wow, this place had amazing bread! Zucchini bread was especially tasty on our second morning. We also enjoyed a cup of fruit each morning. It was very tasty!

We supplied the wine and cheese and crackers for ourselves but in the hallway pantry there were plenty of silver and serving options! Cute place! More to come in later posts…

Awesome Anniversary Weekend!

Last weekend Dale and I celebrated our sixth anniversary as old married people! We had a great weekend. We saw Ben Folds in concert on Friday night and had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. We slept in on Saturday and then went for a day trip to Michigan. We love road trips.

We stopped in South Haven and had ice cream.

The have a cute beach and nice little waterfront community.

Dale took a couple of photos, of course.

Then we headed a few miles up the road to Saugatuck–a very cute little town on the Kalamazoo River. We went for a walk along the boardwalk and stopped in a few shops.

We also went to the beach and enjoyed a little walk on the shore. Dale took some photos (below) and I took a photo of Dale taking photos…

Dale was enamored with this sweet vintage Mini Cooper.

He also enjoyed taking pictures of the partially deserted beach.

We wrapped up our day with dinner in Douglas (right next door to Saugatuck) at the Wild Dog Grille. It was an unusually mild October day and we sat on the little side patio that buts up against an adorable little shop.

After the sun set the restaurant set up this little fire pit to keep us all toasty.

At the aforementioned adorable little shop, I picked up a set of these candle holders. I love them!

Fixed and such

I fixed the archive feature. You probably didn’t notice unless you’re stalking us that the archive links for previous months were not working. Now they do so stalk away!

We had our 4th anniversary last week and it was awesome! We went to Cucina Paradiso! It was fabulous! I can’t wait to take visitors there for a nice Italian feast right in my new town!

Check it out: It’s awesomely tasty!

Will be posting more pics of kitties and my weekend with some dear gal pals this week.