Early Fall Color and Other Scenes From Wisconsin

We stayed at a cabin on Loon Lake owned by our friends Bob and Wendy.

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There was a wonderful small dock jutting into the water,

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It was perfect for gazing at reflections in the water …

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Not to mention reading, stargazing, and listening to the loons.

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Judy really enjoyed hanging out on the dock. You can see how the water level was unusually high due to all the rains.

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There was a canoe at the cabin and Danny and Judy took it out on the lake.

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They got all the way out there and back without falling into the water.

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We were there for the very beginning of fall color. Most of the color was from the maples.

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But there was also lots of sumac.

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And a bit of oak.

David dragging wooden sections of the dock to the barn.
David dragging wooden sections of the dock to the barn.

On our last day at the cabin Bob and Wendy arrived and we helped them bring the dock in for the winter. The disassembled wooden sections were unusually heavy because they were soaked by the high water levels.

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The last stage of bringing in the dock was rolling in the metal frame. Wendy provided essential encouragement.

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After finishing up with the dock, we drove back to St. Paul to drop off David. The next day Judy, Danny and I made the long drive back to Chicago. We did stop at the Norske Nook in Osseo, Wisconsin, for some pie. If you ever have to drive on I-90 from Chicago to Minnesota, I highly recommend you make a stop. Danny bought a whole chocolate cream pie to bring back to his girlfriend.

Next post: fall planting!

29 Comments on “Early Fall Color and Other Scenes From Wisconsin

  1. Your photos really told the story of what a beautiful place that is to relax and rejuvenate! I’ve never seen a dock put away for the winter. I suppose it makes sense since it probably freezes pretty hard there.

  2. Nice you had a chance to experience this lovely setting with your family and friends. Lake looks so lovely. We’re not seeing much fall color yet–those maples are great.

  3. I see you had a nice day with your family Jason!
    I love your second photo — wonderful reflection and felling of autumn.

  4. What a beautiful place to relax in and how nice to be able to spend holiday time with your boys. The lake looks wonderful do you swim in it.?

  5. Glad to read that taking the canoe out was incident free Jason.
    A lovely vacation in such a gorgeous setting. I’d be just like Judy – chillaxing with a book in my hand.

  6. That fall color is extraordinary in your shots! And I just love the photo of your wife and son out on the water….I can just picture how peaceful and relaxing it was! How wonderful that your friends had you up and that you were able to help them with the dock! I had no idea that you could pull one in! And I will have to make note of the pie shop….my fam loves their pie!! Happy fall!

  7. The Norske Nook! Best pie in the world! The color is coming fast now–too fast. Even the Oaks in my garden are starting to get that “stained glass” look. That property looks beautiful!

  8. What fantastic autumn colour, the forests do it best! How lovely it must have been to sit on that dock just gazing at the lake, the canoeing looks such fun too!xxx

  9. Hello Jason, the Autumn colour is beginning to intensify, we’re still a little way off the trees turning but there are hints of colour beginning to appear in the woods around us. I’ve not seen Autumn in the part of the UK we’ve now moved to, it’s heavily mixed-wooded and it will be interesting to see what the colour is like.

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