Monday, July 20, 2009
We got away for a weekend that we all needed. We found a lovely cottage in a small town just over an hour away. It is a town full of stone cottages, old mines, log cabins, art galleries, interesting history, good restaurants, quirky old homes (a sweet yarn shop) and extremely steep hills.
The favorite thing about the cottage for the boys was the mail slot. Yep, it was fun! They also loved the cozy beds, antiques and giant hammock in the big lawn out front.
While we were only gone only 2 1/2 days, we packed in a lot of fun. The whole weekend was cool, even chilly - long pants and jackets in July! So we were able to go on long walks up steep hills to see old mining equipment, badger holes and restored prairie, walk through town, and visit many parks. Such a lovely place!
The boys loved finding out where the term Wisconsin Badgers came from. While the badger is indeed now the University mascot, the term comes from the miners who came to work in SW Wisconsin in the early 1800's who dug holes in the sides of hills to provide themselves with shelter in our cold winters as they worked to mine lead, zinc or other minerals. They dug holes like the badgers did to hole up for winter, and the name stuck!
While we were indeed perfectly happy hanging out at our cottage, going on walks, trying all the different restaurants and having ice cream at a local shop where we could also play Yahtzee!, we did venture into Iowa on Saturday to re-visit a river museum and got lucky to be there for a conservation event ... the boys saw freshwater snails, crawdads, turtles, snakes, and fish.
Very exciting! The museum also had a large lizard exhibit which we had to go back through many times before we could leave.
We had such a nice weekend the boys were sad to go. They really really miss that hammock!
And I miss seeing bats and birds and all the stars.