Bayfield, WI…our home away from home.  We have been up there a few times now, but not later in the Summer.  We spent our Labor Day weekend there this year.  The benefits?  Not as many tourists, so it is a little quieter, a little bit more of a slower pace, and not as much traffic.  It was a restful, relaxing weekend we were both looking forward to.  A much needed weekend getaway. 

We decided to stay in this cute little one bedroom apartment within eye sight of the Lake and walking distance to everywhere in the downtown Bayfield area.  The only time we used the car the whole weekend was to go out to Madaline Island to visit Big Bay State Park and to go up to several of the orchards to buy some different jams and jellies. 

For whatever reason whenever I visit Bayfield it doesn’t take long to feel comfortable, relaxed, and in total layed back mode.  Like I said, a home away from home.  We spent a lot of time down by the lake and even got to see a few colorful sunsets.

One of my favorite things to do is photography.  Bayfield provides a lot of opportunity to do one of my passions and get a closer glimsp into the beautiful creation of nature that is all around us.  Not to mention the amazing architecture that is all around the downtown.  Between Raun and I we took some truly amazing photos throughout the weekend.

I love taking in all of the sights in and around Bayfield.  I can sit down by the water watching the sailboats, ferries, and other various boats come and go from the harbor.  Give me one of my favorite teas to drink (A Snowy Monkey Heaven…peppermint green tea with steamed milk) and I could probably spend most of the day doing that.  Since my first trip to Bayfield I have been enamored by sea glass.  What is sea glass?  It is pieces of broken bottles that have been slowly polished down to a smooth, rounded edge piece of glass over time by the water.  Most pieces are small in size and generally the common colors to find our green, white, and brown.  Over the course of my visits I have gathered various pieces in size, shape, and color.  I have blue, white, brown, green, and purple.  Some day I hope to find a red piece.  Tough to do, as it is not a common bottle color.  When we were visiting Bayfield last Summer Raun found me a piece that is roughly half dollar size, maybe a little bigger.  A rare find, as the waters and shoreline break up the big pieces over time.  So as with each visit, I do walk along the beaches keeping an eye out for the special glass.

In the future I hope to see Bayfield in the Fall and Winter, as it will bring in a different perspective and some truly amazing sights.  Bayfield, my home away from home. 

What is your home away from home and your favorite things to do there?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

February 7- 

After the weekend, today was a tough day.  I don’t remember much from the day and looking back I feel like I was on auto pilot at work.  Fortunately, it was an easy day at work.  I came home to a package from Raun’s mom.  She sent us a garden stone in memory of Samantha to put out come Spring.  Right now, I wish Spring would come soon and that this was all a dream.  As the evening went on I didn’t do much and prepared myself for tomorrow.  My co-teacher has been gone through this whole time and I know I will have to tell the whole story.  I keep wondering, will it ever get easier to tell people about this.

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