Exploing the Dells

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
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Trip End Jul 10, 2010


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Things were a little rocky overnight. There was a heavy thunderstorm with a lot of lightening at about 2 A.M.. Jenna was up and frightened and jammed into our bed. Robbie never even stirred, Cara remained a trooper as usual. We headed out bound for Wisconsin. Our travels led us throgh downtown Chicago and a very large traffic jam. Thankfully ,Rob was behind wheel this time.
We wasted about an hour sitting in traffic.
I really like Wisconsin. The terrain is so diverse. There are rolling green hills,flat prairies and farms, small mountains and cool rock formations.Wiscinsin Dells is a large tourist area. It sort of reminded me of Wildwood but without the beach, a lot of amusement/waterparks, tacky shops and junk food. Much to our kids dismay we opted to skip the waterparks and instead spend some time on the Wisconsin River, seeing the Dells which are unique . We decided on the Duck tour and then added a Jet boat to appease those who wanted to get wet(CARA). The duck tour was cool. They are amphibiuos retired military vehicles. The tour took us through some of the forests and then onto the Wisconsin River. The rock formations impressive. Robbie was somewhat bored.
On we went to the Jet boat. Cara was looking forward to this and was anxious to get cooled off by the sure-to-soak- you manuevers. The boat moved fast up to 60 mph!!. The manuevers were cool and certainly got everyone wet,everyone except Cara. Unfortunately, seated in front of Cara was the most enormous ,fat man ( easily 450lbs!) who acted like a wall shielding poor Cara from the much desired sprays of water. Rob and I could barely contain ourselves. I ,of course, got stuck on the end and got soaked to the skin while wearing a white t shirt!!
Robbie was still after us to go to an amusement/waterpark but understood when I explained to him that the point of this trip was to see things that make our country special and unique. He can be such a great kid ( when not driving us all crazy in the camper!!).
We headed off to the campground for a little swimming,dinner and hanging out We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire. After it was very dark, we were admiring the night sky and Jenna spotted both the big dipper and even better ,a shooing star.
As I was sitting by the fire, writing this entry, I thought it seemed like the perfect ending to a nice day. That is until both Jenna and Rob screamed and jumped up onto the picnic table after spotting a racoon. Cara soon followed ,leaving me sitting there wondering what the ruckus was all about. I mean it was only a racoon! The critter ran under the camper and disappeared into the night but not before Rob grabbed up a weinie roasting fork to defend himself with!! I don't know for a guy who used to chase around convicts he seems a sort of wimpy(LOL!)
Oh well another day is done. We are off to Minnesota and the Mall of America. The girls can hardly contain themselves or their wallets!!

Thanks to everyone for following our adventure and leaving comments. The whole family loves to read them!
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jill on

Kaleigh will really be jealous when the girls hit Mall of America!!!!!! LOL. the pictures are amazing and truly see how great this country is. (: I am "surprised" Jenna got scared during the thunder storm and ended up in bed with you. again, LOL.

ROBERTA on

I WISH I WAS WITH YOU! TELL ROBBIE I'M COMING NEXT TIME. LOL TELL ROB I SAID HE'S A WIMP.(COME ON) THE PICTURES ARE GREAT AND THE MALL OF AMERICA IS AMAZING I HEARD AND THAT'S COMING FROM A GUY.
STAY SAFE AND CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ALL ABOUT YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE.

Tammy on

Greats pics! Poor Cara, and that was just way to funny ROB!! Cant wait until your next entry.

Laurie on

Everything sounds awesome. Cara will have plenty opportunity to get wet I'm sure!! The pics are great and stories amusing...keep 'em coming! And again...drive safe!

Gramgerry & Papa on

Well I have to tell you, even though I heard the story last night on the phone, Cara, forgive me , but it is soooo funny. I could just picture you. Jenna, you continue to watch those skies, you are my weather bug!!!! Robbie, I miss my back massages!!!! I had to work yesterday and then we had no power for 5 hours last night, so you know what that was like with Papa!!! No T.V.,no AC, and his bed was flat!!!!! I need a vacation!!!!! Love you all!!!

Kim Foss on

So funny to her about your racoon...the last time my family did that while camping was because of a family of SKUNKS!! So you see, you can count your blessings! Tell Grama Gerry that my husband can install a generator if they want. Very hot and muggy here...intersperced with thunderstorms. Lovin' the updates....

bro on

loving your blog...figures Rob grabs a weeny fork to defend himself. Sword as to swordsman as weeny fork is to????? RIGHT!!!! WEENYMAN!!!! LOL

Deb on

I was thinking of you all with the thunderstorms...glad all was well. Thank you for sharing your journey with everyone. Sofia and I are enjoying all your pictures and stories. Looks like a great time! Thankfully your camper door was closed and the racoon didn't bunk up with you all :0)

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