This long weekend was going to be spent in Stoughton, Wisconsin again. We really like the town and the hospitality of the locals.
The sky on the way out was very awesome. When they look like this, I try and imagine they are mountains surrounding my location. Ah, the dreams of a flatlander!
My hubby always makes the bestest breakfasts.
These mulberries were growing out of the wall of this building.. After this photo, there were no more ripe ones on it… nomnomnom!
The town of Stoughton, Wisconsin. Very tranquil.
Right outside the senior center, there were a colony or nest of rabbits. We saw about five and they were fairly tame. Didn’t freak out we were checking them out.
So, we tried to be adventurous and rented a canoe to check out the Yahara River that flows through the town. The senior center rents them M-F for $5 per person/per hour. We were told there was a dam downstream rather quickly, so going upstream would be the longer trip. We took the extremely large canoe off the rack and got it to this launch site. For a 2 person capacity, this canoe was meant for freight or something. I couldn’t even hit my husband with my paddle. Seriously, why so large?!?
The trip starts off rather harmlessly. The canoe is quickly taken by the current and our adventure begins! I am point, however that doesn’t mean point the canoe, it means point at things, take photos, then get yelled at for not paddling fast enough to get us out of a situation.
Here is that same mulberry tree earlier, growing right out of what looks like an old loading dock.
Slightly after this cement pad we decided to turn around. And we really tried hard to turn around… Turning around in a 20 foot canoe in current that is deceivingly strong ain’t easy. I had us at ramming speed heading towards the cement landing… Boing! Then we had to navigate the bridge… Scccraaatch along the side. Gaaa! However, we finally paddled our little hearts out to get us about 100 feet upriver from where we started. After some huffing-puffing, I tried to rest. The canoe started to head to shore, then we were sideways. We righted ourselves and again paddled hard for another 100 feet. We got to this next, low bridge.
There was a huge colony of barn swallows under here. It was so awesome to see them flying around us. I’m shocked at the 8 or so photos I popped off, there were no birds in any of the photos. =-(
Right after this, I was fed-up. This was way too much work for what we thought we’d do for a whole afternoon. We flipped around and rode the current that took us 20 minutes to paddle up, take us down in 3 minutes.
Roadside chicory. Great coffee sub or additive.
We again stayed at Viking Village. Wonderful campground!! Beautiful sunset viewing!!
We met some wonderful new friends and went to the VFW for their Friday Night Fish Fry. It was awesome with a salad bar with soup.
There was also an island dog park across the street that was very nice with beaches and nice large areas for ball tossing.
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