I hope everyone had a fun and beautiful Christmas, we sure did.
This is what our downtown looked like the morning we went in search of snow.
That is to say…when we drove to my husband’s childhood Minnesota home to celebrate Christmas.
And naturally that would require us going over the Mackinaw Bridge. I love that buggar.
It was a gorgeous, sometimes slow drive through the U.P., also known as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Lake Michigan to the left.
Yes, it was snow packed a good part of the way but road conditions improved the further west we drove.
Obviously, we found snow.
Wisconsin didn’t disappoint either.
I’ve always said, to anyone who’d listen, okay just Todd cause he’s always been the one beside me in the vehicle, that ‘Wisconsin is Land of the Big Barns’.
It’s got to be annoying but I proclaim it every time we pass through. I can’t help it.
It has always seemed that every single barn I lay eyes on is just enormous, no matter what Wisconsin road, highway or freeway we’ve been on.
Maybe being a famed “dairy” state has something to do with that?
Have you ever driven through Wisconsin?
Don’t you think it’s Land of the Big Barns too?
This? This is Jack. He’s an antenna do-hickey thing I got at a Jack-In-The-Box fast food place back when we spent a grand amount of time traveling out West.
I have a New Year’s Jack too. He’s very fancy. Oh yah, he’s already taken the place of “Winter Jack”. Of course WJ will go back on after next week….much to a certain sixteen year-olds chagrin. It’s just sooo embarrassing. Ha ha.
It was so very pretty.
You all know I love snow right? Yes. I guess I’ve covered that before.
We had a great time with family and, as one great big group, went to a Christmas church service. It was not only fun and entertaining it was the best I’ve been to in many, many years. You were right Janice…I totally loved it! I so wish they were a few hours closer.
Something else that was super fun was that we were privileged to sample a local award winning Minnesota beer that, as of the time it passed my lips, wasn’t yet available for retail package sales. However, I see that they are starting to serve it in many local bars and restaurants to an ever growing group of admirers.
This particular brew was called, “Morning Wood Coffee”. It’s a coffee infused stout, made by “Big Wood Brewery”. It was so stinkin’ good! It’s no wonder they’ve stacked up some impressive awards. I loved it and that’s saying a lot because I’m generally not a fan of micro-brews.
Ever see a beer can without it’s “label”? Me neither. Oh, and I understand via my brother-in-law, who has ties to them, there is a reality show in the works for this new little brewery.
How fun and exciting for them!
A visit to Minnesota is never complete for me without hitting Caribou Coffee. Another local success story there though I heard from a family member that Caribou Coffee has recently sold to a German company.
FYI: Not going to change my patronage much there.
Lake Michigan from the U.P.
I love road trips, no matter the time of year. Guess that’s a good thing considering I’ve been blessed to have done so very, very many miles through the years across this beautiful country we all call home.
A good deal of those miles with Jack too.
Come to think of it, it was his first trip over and back across the Mighty Mac.
Jack has kinda gotten around I guess.
If he could only talk…Uh…
He’d say, “Happy New Year everyone!”