Northern Stowaway

By Julie

Have you noticed that Jen and Brianna have been nowhere to be found this summer?  Brianna’s been at Girl Scout camp and Jen busy reading and painting Brianna’s room.  Would you believe that for a while Grace and Isabelle were in the…. gulp….basement?!  It’s serious, guys!

I saw bags being packed and I took matters into my own hands…slipped on my summer dress, grabbed a swimsuit, and jumped in a backpack!  I crossed my fingers that we were going somewhere good!

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We drove north, north and more north.

We stopped to stretch in a city called Peshtigo, Wisconsin. It has a sad history of having the entire city burn down on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire in October, 1871.  It had been a year of drought, and swirling winds picked up a fire and made something like a fire tornado.  People and animals had to seek shelter in a river, but a river in Wisconsin in October is very cold, and many people who survived the fire died from hypothermia.

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We stopped at the museum commemorating this sad event.

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By this time the cat… Er… Doll was out of the bag, literally, so I got my picture taken.

We kept driving north and I started to wonder whether we were going to see Santa and Elves! Just then we turned down a forested gravel path called Reindeer Road  (so we were at the North Pole!) and  look what was waiting for us!  I’ll tell you more about this amazing place in my next post.

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12 thoughts on “Northern Stowaway

  1. Emily

    Excited to see where you are headed! I am in Wisconsin headed north right now too! Our destination is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in MI. We are in Oshkosh right now. Of course I stopped by the AG outlet (never been before) but just missed it because they closed for good at 5 today.

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    1. Jen Post author

      No way, that’s where we are! Tomorrow we are going canoeing on the Au Train river. Have you been here before? This is our second time here. Julie’s first 😉
      💜 Marquette too!

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      1. Jen Post author

        Sounds great. Love The Falling Rock Cafe. Great soup. Great ice cream. If you can get out on a boat, like the glass bottom boat tour or the dinner cruise around grand island through The Duck Pond, it is worth the money. Lake Superior is sooo clear. It makes me sad for the state of Lake Michigan.

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  2. jackylina

    Yes! I’ve been missing your posts! Glad to see you back. Good for Julie to get in on the adventure on her own. Even though the Chicago fire is so much more famous, the WI fire was much, much worse.

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    1. Jen Post author

      It feels good to be back. I read that when the Peshtigo fire occurred, there were also fires across the lake in the state of Michigan which reminded me of your summer vacations.

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    1. Jen Post author

      Another sad part of the fire is that later the US Govt studied how it happened to see if it could be used in war in the city of Dresden.

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