La Crosse, Wisconsin : Family Vacation

Finally, got the luggage unpacked from our family vacation in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Which brings about a question…when you return home from a trip, even if you were able to wash all of your clothes before repacking for the trip home, do you rewash everything when you get home?  I do.  Robert questioned me as to why I was doing this…it requires a lot of folding, etc., especially for a family of 4 who packed for 12 days but I don’t like the idea of the clothes smelling like a suitcase.  Is this a sign of OCD or am I pretty normal in this regard?  So, enough suitcase and laundry talk…I want to share some of my favorite pics from our family vacay.  :)  Be prepared, we were there for 12 days and I got to see so many new things in the midwest so this will be a l-o-n-g, picture packed post.  Grab some popcorn.  :)

 

La Crosse is Robert’s home town and for so many years I have heard stories about how beautiful it is.  While his stories were good they really didn’t live up to the beauty and interesting things I saw and experienced.  The following pics are from our visit to Amish Country.

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Robert, capturing some of the beauty

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Future mouser.

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I am naming this one “Culture Clash”

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We did see some Amish folks going about their business.  I couldn’t help but wonder if they get irritated by people stopping on the side of the road to take pictures of their way of life.  The Amish do participate in the tourist trade though, selling everything from Maple Syrup to hand-crafted bedroom sets so I guess it is a fair trade (?)

 

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On our first morning in La Crosse Robert and I walked down to the Mississippi River.  Usually we play a little game when we both have our cameras…we split up for about an hour to go on a “photo hunt” then meet up to compare what we got.  It is always fun to compare afterwards and see what captured each of our eyes.  The following are what captured mine.  You can see what captured Robert’s here.

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I stopped to visit with some ducks and a very nice gentleman asked if he could join me.  I loved the time I spent with him.  He is 87 yrs. old and rides his bicycle 1 mile very morning to the river front to feed the ducks, corn and the squirrels, nuts.  I was fascinated hearing his life story which included service in WW2 and becoming a carpenter (his life’s work) after returning from the war.

This is the hand of a life well lived, a strong hand and the gentle hand of a man who finds pleasure in life’s little offerings.  I will never forget my time with him.

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As I was walking back to meet Robert at our designated time, I heard a horrible crying noise in some brush.  It sounded like something that was in pain.  I got closer to inspect and found this little guy.  A baby raccoon who was separated from his mother.

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Now, I have to admit, it scared me!!!  Especially when it stood up and CHASED ME!!!!  Sorry for the focus problems with the following image but I was shooting while running backwards.

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Yes, I was running scared from a baby raccoon!  I admit it…city-wimp here!  After the baby retreated (having soundly won the battle) the mama peeked up from some brush and made her way back to the baby.

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While in La Crosse, we attended a family picnic/fireworks extravaganza.  In all we attended 3 fireworks show while on vacation.  Here are a few from the family picnic at one of Robert’s Aunt’s houses.

My little guy so happy!

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Me & my Honey! {heart}

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We spent the 4th of July on the Mississippi River.  There is a park there, Riverside Park, that was full of food vendors, bands and other attractions.  We enjoyed the day so much!

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Here is our teenager, being a typical teenage-boy, texting!
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He wasn’t too busy texting though because he grabbed my camera to get the following squirrel and duck pics.  :)

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He also went for a spin on a bungee trampoline

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There is ALWAYS one in the crowd!
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One of the attractions was a lumberjack show.  I have seen these on ESPN (yes,  I live with a man who will watch anything sports to avoid me changing the channel to BRAVO)  :)  The show was really entertaining!  This bear was carved with a chainsaw!

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The 4th of July ended with a spectacular fireworks show on the Mississippi.  
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Thank you for sticking with this post to reach this point!  :)  I had such a great time in La Crosse and miss it!  There was so much to do and see there, it will require another trip (at the very least).  :)  Thank you to all of the wonderful people I met!  I {heart} you all!    While there, Robert and I were blessed to shoot TWO photo shoots.  You can see them here : Steve & Jackie  and Troy & Josie  Check out Robert’s take on the vacation here, he got lots of great captures and his narration skills are much better than mine.

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July 17, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Lindsey Ross - Love them all!! So glad you had a fun! xoxoxo

April 14, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Mary Butterfield Wiedemann - I can’t get enough of these pictures. There is a picture of an Amish buggy that is near the farm where Bob grew up…… You do such a wonderful job….