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.

 

July 9

Happy Anniversary! It’s been six years. This last year I would have to say has been one of the hardest, just the latter half. It has been filled with so many up and downs and lots of emotions. There have been lots of changes too. However, some things have been good things. It’s amazing how one thing can change some many things.

But today is a good day. On this beautiful day Raun woke me up pointing at me saying get up and get ready for the day. I did and when I was finished I went downstairs with the smell of biscuits filling the air and carrying me to the kitchen. We ate breakfast and then hit the road. We took the great river road Highway 35 south on the Wisconsin side along the Mississippi River. The main destination was Stockholm, WI. However, along the way there we stopped at historical markers and took in the sights along the river. We arrived in Stockholm, a very cute little city. Where we stopped at the pie place and each had a delicious piece of pie. We sat outside enjoying the weather, chatting with the locals, talking with each other and learning about the city. After our yummy pie (Triple Berry for Raun and Peanut Butter Fudge for me) we explored the quaint downtown. We strolled down the main street and went into a few shops. We made a few purchases that I just couldn’t seem to pass up and picked out my anniversary gift from Raun. I picked a beautiful purple pot to add to my other pottery pieces. I also came across a journal/sketchbook that had dragonflies on it. Coincidently, not long before coming across the journal I was telling Raun that I needed to get a notebook. I also picked up a wood plaque that says to “Cherish Life’s Simplest Treasures”.

After we finished exploring Stockholm we continued on to Maiden Rock Winery/Cidery where we took in the views, as well as tasted various wines, hard ciders, and fruit beers and good conversations. To finish out our day excursion we took in the views from a bluff in Alma, WI and then headed back home along the river on the Minnesota side, stopping in Lake City to walk the beach and in Red Wing to eat a yummy Mexican dinner at Fiesta Mexicana.

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