Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weekend Trip

This past weekend, my family and I took off for Father's Day and headed to southern Wisconsin, to the New Glarus, Dodgeville area.  It is only a few hours drive for us, and it is such a beautiful ride. My husband loves to fly fish, so we are always in search of a good stream to pull over at.  We always drive up through New Glarus and stop at the Brewery to fill up on Spotted Cow, and Fat Squirrel.  If you've never been to New Glarus Wisconsin, please go, you will not be disappointed!  It is a beautiful drive, and such a great little town.


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This was the first stream we stopped at. 


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And this was the road it was on.  A road into the middle of nowhere.  Just were we wanted to be!


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This was in bloom all over.  Dill maybe?  It was spectacular.


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The New Glarus Brewing company.  It is an awesome day trip destination (even with kids).  This place is beautiful in all regards!  The buildings, the landscaping, the decorating, all beautiful. No detail was left out here.


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What an entrance. 


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The backside.  There is a little beer garden off the gift shop.  There is also a beer tasting room with samples of all the beer.


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These little guys hang out in the beer garden.  I wish I new where them came from, they were adorable.


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See what I mean about beautiful.  Even the inside of this place was amazing.  Check out those floors, and all the metal rails have carved deer every so often. 
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Now for the good stuff.


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What's your favorite New Glarus beer?  Our favorite is Spotted Cow.


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This one is called Two Women. Go to their website to get more info. http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/


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A Swiss Chalet anyone?  How about the Chalet Landhaus Inn.  Located in New Glarus.


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Notice the decorated cow.  They were all over town.


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Chalet of the Golden Fleece.


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These crests hang above an antique store in town along the side of the building.  Glarnerladen Antiques and Collectibles.


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New Glarus Hotel.


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Even the lumber company in town is cute!  For more information on visiting New Glarus, check this out  http://www.swisstown.com/


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Here come the girls!  While my husband fished at another stream, I took the kids down the road to visit with the local wildlife.  They (the cows) were so curious.  They came over immidiately to see us.


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My favorite version of a "Spotted Cow". 


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Group shot.  How funny are they.  It's like I told them to get together for a picture.  After this picture they all came over to the fence to hang out with us.  They were adorable!


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This gal was my favorite.  She was right in front the whole time stealing our attention.


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I may have walked back to the car with one less finger or hand for that matter, but I wouldn't of cared.  I adored these cows.  They were so sweet. 


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Another picturesc stream for fishing.


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More beautiful Wisconsin.  This area is filled with rolling hills. 


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Ok, I am embarresed to admit that, on this trip I took 97 pictures of cows.  Only three of which were of fake cows!  Anyone who knows me well enough, knows that it's a life long dream of mine to own my own cow someday.  Along with a donkey of course!  That may explain the 97 cow pictures anyway. Notice the number on this cows ear.  The exact number of live cow pics taken on this trip!


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Old broken down trucks are one of my favorite subjects for pictures. 


As I was finishing this blog, I opened up my newest copy of Midwest Living magazine.  It features an artical on southern Wisconsin.  It also mentions the brewery.  How bizarre is that?   


 Some websites to checkout: http://www.greencounty.org/ , http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/ choose Wisconsin, then Southern Hills area, http://www.dodgeville.com


I am headed back up to Wisconsin this weekend with Mom and Anne.  We will be at the Elkhorn Antique Market on Sunday.  Come see us!



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