If you’ve been following along on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll know already that I’ve been on vacation. Two weeks ago, my family flew northward to visit Jason’s family in Wisconsin. We were there for two weeks, arriving home late this past Monday evening. So much happened while we were there that I’m splitting up my vacation-related stuff into three posts. Considering all my scheduled posts/reviews/etc went live while on vacation and I have nothing else planned, this is a win-win situation for me!
First off, let me just say that I adore Wisconsin. I always have, since the first time I visited there in 1999, when I met Jason in person after several months of emails, letters, and phone calls. I love the landscape, the culture, the weather, the architecture, everything. I thought, in the year we lived in Boston, that perhaps I simply didn’t like living up north any longer. After all, I only lived in Wisconsin for five years, coming back to Texas in late 2005. But no, it was just Boston and the northeast that I didn’t like. These last two weeks have been like coming home.
We packed minimally. Between flying (instead of driving), the short time there, and all the things we were scheduled to do, it was easier to travel light. No laptop, no books. After several months of reading/blogging like a madwoman, it was lovely to step back and away from things. Every morning, I walked half a mile to McDonald’s for coffee, drank it while editing my manuscripts-in-progress (by way of a physical notebook/pen), and then walked home. By mid-morning, I’d gotten in some exercise, some refreshing air (55-65 degrees!), and some writing, all before breakfast. I also did a lot of crocheting. I napped. I played Miitomo with my extended family. I listened to Jason play piano. That was all in the lazy parts of the days.
But really, our days were jam-packed with fun stuff. Just to mention a few:
- introducing my niece Xarissa (age 9) to the movie Clue
- lazing about with various pets
- watching the “plays” that Xarissa and the boys put together
- roasting s’mores by campfire
- teaching Xarissa how to crochet
- checking out the local thrift stores/garage sales (and buying far more than was good for me!)
- swimming at the local pool
- kayaking and fishing on the lake
- watching Xarissa’s theatre group perform a children’s version of Treasure Island
- hitting up bookstores!
- visiting a store that was the inspiration behind a fictional shop in one of my manuscripts
- hearing Xarissa play trumpet for the first time (she picked it up fast!)
- spa night!
- watermelon-eating contests (in which I did NOT participate, bleagh)
- a mini-Olympics organized by Xarissa, including a dance competition, egg-tossing, and three-legged racing
That, of course, all took place in Barron, WI, and the surrounding towns. It doesn’t include the travel we did while on vacation (subject of another post!). Of course, that list makes it all sound hectic and exhausting, but it really wasn’t. Like I said, there was a lot of down time, which made things absolutely perfect.
Pictures, because no vacation post is complete without a few pictures to illustrate:
Be back soon with Part II of this travelogue! 🙂