Brooks Lake – Dubois, Wyoming to Idaho

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We reluctantly pulled out of Happy Jack in the morning and headed toward Dubois, Wyoming, for our next stop at Brooks Lake. The drive there was just beautiful.

Scott and Madison camped at Brooks Lake National Forest Campground a couple of years ago and it made such an impression on Scott that I could not wait to see it. It did NOT disappoint and was more beautiful than I had ever imagined. We spent our honeymoon in this area 16 years ago and snowmobiled very close to where we camped. It brought back so many wonderful memories. The campground is located in an amazingly beautiful area. The campsite that Scott and Madison were in was not available but we were able to get one by the lake. We even had 4 deer come right through our site. We will DEFINITELY be back here for a longer stay.

Not sure what this bug was but he was HUGE

This is what we woke up to. One of the most beautiful sights I’d ever seen.

We pulled out of the campground and went basically across the road to the Falls campground to see this beautiful waterfall. We also stopped at Togwotee Lodge where we spent our honeymoon. We wanted to eat lunch there but the restaurant did not open for another half hour and we wanted to get on down the road.

We parked in view of the webcam that we regularly check and were able to get a shot of us in the webcam.

Our next destination was Idaho but we drove through Jackson Hole with incredible views of the Teton’s. We also went over Teton Pass and got to see the back side of the Tetons – a new experience for both of us.

The front side of the Tetons.

The “Jackson Hole Side” of the Tetons

We made it!

The “Idaho” side of the Tetons

 

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Backcountry Camping at its Finest

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We left Shipshewana for a quick overnight stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at Ameristar Casino. It proved to be a profitable one for Scott as he hit his biggest non-handpay jackpot on his favorite machine. Quite a great stop! We headed out the next morning for an area outside Laramie, Wyoming. We would travel all the way through Nebraska which seemed to take forever! We had a bit of a drive to get there and had to make a stop at Cabelas as well. It was a long day but the end result was incredible.

Here we go! It’s a LONG way to the other side.

Cabelas in Kearney, Nebraska

You know you are in Kearney when you cross under this bridge.

A little duck play at Cabelas.

 

We finally crossed the border into Wyoming and thankfully it wasn’t too long of a drive to get to our destination. We pulled off the highway (FINALLY) and headed down Happy Jack Road to the Pole Mountain Area in the Medicine Bow National Forest. They allow dispersed camping and we searched for a spot to park for the night. There were several other people camping so it took a bit to find a spot that wasn’t near anyone else. We finally found the perfect spot in a meadow. The views and feeling of peacefulness was incredible. We had not been there 15 minutes until we spotted a MOOSE AND TWO BABIES walking through the meadow ahead of us. What an incredible sight! I just could not believe what we were seeing. Most of the other people camping had ATV’s so we will DEFINITELY be back with the Maverick! Sleeping out there was beyond peaceful and I can’t wait to go back.

So beautiful!

No one in sight anywhere.

Beautiful all around us.

I still can’t believe we saw the mamma and her two babies!

The wildflowers were just beautiful all around us

This little guy was just outside the camper when it got daylight the next morning.


Vacation 2018 has begun – first stop…

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Shipshewana, Indiana for the Shipshewana Quilt Fest! We stayed at the Shipshewana North Park Campground which is right on the end of town. It is not really the kind of campground we usually frequent but it is close to where we need to be. It is a full hookup facility, not too expensive and is shaded pretty well. We unhooked the camper so we could drive the truck everywhere we needed to be. It was nice sitting outside our first night. It rained most of the day on our second and final day there.

We pulled out of the driveway at 10:32 am – just 2 minutes later than we planned.

Madison was ready to travel as well.

My first activity was a lecture Wednesday evening by Pat Sloan.

We were in Site 24. Scott did not hit the sign like this appears!

Madison made sure to keep her eyes on everything happening around us.

I never get tired of seeing this around the area.

Yoders added another quilt square to their collection. Love seeing this!


Memorial Day 2018 Fun

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We headed far north for Memorial Day Weekend. We were so excited to take the Maverick to the UP and play outside there. Our destination was somewhere around Pine Stump/Grand Marais but we didn’t have any reservations. We headed up Thursday night and stayed at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling so we would be a few hours north and could get to the UP in the early afternoon/late morning on Friday to make sure we would get a camping site somewhere. Muskallonge Lake State Park only had a few sites available so we were pretty sure there would be quite a few people already in the campgrounds we like.

Well – we were wrong. We first drove into High Bridge State Forest Campground to find it was almost empty. None of the sites there looked perfect so we headed down the road a mile to Perch Lake State Forest Campground. Bingo – it was almost empty and a beautiful place. There was one site occupied and it was on an end of the campground we did not like. We started to get set up and noticed that we were being inundated with dozens – no hundreds and hundreds of small bugs. Our new favorite camping accessory was a head net and we rarely had them off all weekend!

We had so much fun despite the bugs and we made the most of it. We rode about 100 miles on the Mav and visited Pine Stump Junction – one of our favorite places ever, Wolf Inn, Lake Superior Brewing Company in Grand Marais, Crisp Point and miles and miles of fun trails to get to all those places.

Love the Sarver wine at Lake Superior Brewing Company

Pine Stump Junction always has the coldest beer.

Yep – no one around anywhere!

Site 16 was definitely one of the best in the whole campground.

We BOTH looked so good in our headsets.

That’s how you look after driving around with Scott!

Perfect!

It was a GORGEOUS weather. Lake Superior looked so inviting but 45 degree weather was a big chilly for swimming.

Grand Marais Lighthouse.

Little Lake Harbor in the fog

Perfect trails.

Crisp Point was beautiful in the fog.

The other side of Crisp Point Lighthouse.

SNOW

The sign says it all.

Not an “official” trail. It got too narrow so we had to turn around.

A “little” wet in some spots!

Doesn’t get much better than this.

This view never got old.

The fire somewhat helped with the bugs!

Our last night was just gorgeous – of course!

So sad to say goodbye to our beautiful view – bugs and all!




Wool Applique

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I’ve managed to finish a few wool appliqué projects this year. I took a class a few years ago and decided to pull it out and finish. After I got started I couldn’t stop.

Primitive Gathering’s class I took from Lisa Bongean a few years ago – finished and Mother’s Day present!

“Sunrise” table mat by BetsyLou for Yoder’s Department Store

Christmas Ornaments by Rachel’s of Greenfield

Garden Walk by Lily Anna Stitches


Pat Sloan Button Club 2018

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I want to create some small quilty projects this year so I have been making the free patterns that Pat Sloan puts out each month for her Button Club. They are smaller wall hangings that fit perfectly on the door of my antique bookcase that I store my antique quilts. They are each embellished with buttons. I started in January and have managed to make one each month.

January

February

March

 

April – her’s had a coffee cup on it. I don’t drink coffee so I did my own appliqué.

May