1. having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
The drive from southern Minnesota to southern Wisconsin on Thursday certainly had all the desirable elements, qualities, and characteristics one would hope for during the month of October. A blue sky filled with puffy clouds, tree branches bursting with colorful leaves, patches full of pumpkins you cannot find in the South, bright red stone-bottomed barns…ahhh. Perfect!
We stopped for lunch in La Crosse (goodness, what a pretty town!) and we pulled into Elkhorn just before suppertime.
The air was crisp at Camp Wandawega, and sun-dried leaves crunched underfoot as we made our way across the yard to cabin #1.
Wrapped in dark green-painted wood, “our” humble abode sat atop a steep ridge overlooking Lake Wandwega…
…and you better believe I did my very best to soak up every second of that view. 🙂
Just following doctor‘s orders, of course. 😉
We came and went as we pleased (like the leaves) for three glorious and gusty days.
We kept our “stuff” in the bunk room on one side of the cabin…
…and curled up early each night under soft sheets and thick, wool blankets.
A vintage mini-fridge kept our milk and OJ cold, and a small, electric heater (shaped like a cast iron stove) kept us extra toasty over night.
The decor? Simple, colorful, and fun! A small collection of old, camp-inspired goodies, and fishing lures on finishing nails. Perfect.
There wasn’t running water in our cabin, so we used the kitchen and bathrooms on the top floor of the old hotel next door. I forgot to take a photo of it with my “big camera”, but here’s one I snapped with my iPHone:
I caught up on some computer work in one of the rooms over there one day, and spent the other two wandering around camp, taking pictures and reading. Kevin was writing lyrics, and bounced back and forth between the old hotel’s lounge and the treehouse each day. When we got hungry, we rode into town and looked for places with fun names. 🙂 I had the best gnocchi and pesto I’ve ever eaten at Holi Cannoli on Highway 12 right around the corner from camp. Seriously. Think: bite-size, melt-in-your-mouth, ricotta pasta dumplings smothered in a basil, garlic, parmesan, pine nut puree. #delectable
We also tried Someplace Else in downtown Elkhorn.
I ordered their specialty: chicken pot pie. A creamy chicken stew loaded with peas, potatoes, and carrots- baked inside a rich and flaky crust. Mmmmmm! It was comfort in an 8″ pie tin, y’all. 🙂
I have lots more photos to share, and memories I want to write about, but it’s getting late, and my husbear is looking mighty lonely over there in that king-size (hotel) bed we’re crashing on tonight.
We’re staying just outside Detroit for the next few days while Kevin is recording, but I’ll pick up here again soon with another Wandawega post.
Until then, take good care and happy new week!
PS- Our friends, David and Tereasa (the owners), were out of town while we were at camp, so it was awfully sweet of them to let us crash & create there for a few days on our way through. (Thanks again, guys! XO) This was one of my favorite (Instagram) moments:
…and that sunset was pretty awesome, too. 😉