Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Marshy Mayville

To kill some time in between the weddings, for the next few days we headed to Mayville, WI, a sleepy town somewhere in the lower portion of the state. We stayed in a lovely, historic inn in 'downtown'. The main attraction in the area is the Horicon marsh nearby, which is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the US. An Everglades of the north, if you will. We took a guided boat tour to see the wildlife and vegetation. Unfortunately for us, 85% of the birds had already migrated, but oh well, can't win 'em all. It was still scenic and we learned quite a bit about the area, preservation, etc.

I include this photo to illustrate Harriet's mood during our stay in Mayville, and well, basically the entire rest of the trip. I'm not going to sugar coat it, she was miserable. Ten days away was too much for this homesick kid. That or she missed Jacque. Hard to know.

Trails around the marsh while we visited the education center.

Day two we headed over to a nearby town, Theresa (the H is counter intuitively pronounced, so it's like THER-esa) to a cheese making factory. I know it seems cliche to visit a cheese factory in WI, but entertainment options were, uh, limited. This is a third generation business and they make the cheese twice daily in the morning.

We also went to a local apple orchard as a diversion, but because there had been so much rain, the majority of it was closed. Above, a rare moment when she wasn't crying, but note that she isn't smiling either.

After our stay in Mayville, we headed to Steve's hometown to visit with family for a few days, but didn't take many pictures. Below is a photo of Harriet and Grandma Laeh enjoying a meal together.

On Friday we headed back to Chicago for wedding #2.

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