Sailor Babo was sick of the Arizona heat, what with many consecutive 110+ degree days, so he tagged along with AmyH and BSG to visit her relatives in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The Northwoods is the name for the giant forested area of the Upper Great Lakes and into Canada.
AmyH’s aunt and uncle and cousins (one is of the Lay’s potato chip contest fame) own Sunrise Lodge, a fabulous all-inclusive resort on Lac Vieux Desert on the border of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s all trees and water, water and trees up there. MomH, DadH and Brother Steve made the 10-hour drive up from lower Michigan to join them so it was an extra wonderful time.
The resort is full of families, some who’ve come up for decades, and some with kids who apparently aren’t in a hurry.
Just down the road from the resort is the headwaters of the Wisconsin River.
Along the way, Sailor Babo saw some baby wildlife.
He was impressed by all the greenery.
Sailor Babo, a lover of history, was excited to find the historical marker.
As rivers go, Sailor Babo was a bit underwhelmed. At this spot and for the next few miles, the river is a shallow stream of tight curves and beaver dams, which AmyH and BSG experienced in their Epic Northwoods Canoe Adventure later in the week (Sudden storm! Wind! Driving rain! Lightning! Beavers!)
Having enough of the outdoors, Sailor Babo headed into town with MomH and DadH to check out the local historical museum, which used to be a ski lodge on the property of one of the cousin’s property.
He asked permission to get up close and personal with the schoolhouse display.
He was not pleased with the taxidermied musky on the wall.
After the fish scare, he decided to go outside and play in the park.
All of this exploring made Sailor Babo hungry. Captain Mustard to the rescue!
Alas, all good things must come to an end. On the way back to the Rhinelander airport he was able to meet the local mythological creature who lives on the front lawn of the chamber of commerce. The Hodag was made up by loggers waaaay back in the day and is the high school mascot along with everything else the area needs a mascot for. There are littler hodags all over town, but this one is the master hodag.
At the airport, Sailor Babo also met Mr. Heisman, who used to live in the area and is buried in Rhinelander.